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David A. Bednar
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I invite you to find time today to pause and assess your own personal conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

There is a difference between having a testimony and being converted. Testimony alone is not and will not be enough to protect us in the latter-day storm of darkness and evil in which we are living. Your testimony is important and necessary but not sufficient to provide the spiritual strength and protection you need in this day. 

Remember that your testimony is spiritual knowledge of truth obtained by the power of the Holy Ghost. Continuing conversion is constant devotion to the revealed truth we have received—with a heart that is willing and for righteous reasons. I hope each of you will recognize the consistent, devoted effort needed to be converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
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I invite you to find time today to pause and assess your own personal conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

There is a difference between having a testimony and being converted. Testimony alone is not and will not be enough to protect us in the latter-day storm of darkness and evil in which we are living. Your testimony is important and necessary but not sufficient to provide the spiritual strength and protection you need in this day. 

Remember that your testimony is spiritual knowledge of truth obtained by the power of the Holy Ghost. Continuing conversion is constant devotion to the revealed truth we have received—with a heart that is willing and for righteous reasons. I hope each of you will recognize the consistent, devoted effort needed to be converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
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A number of years ago, our family learned a meaningful lesson on gratitude that we have never forgotten. 

While I was serving at Brigham Young University–Idaho, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles visited our home. Earlier in the day Sister Bednar and I had been informed about the unexpected death of a dear friend, and our immediate desire was to pray for the surviving spouse and children. 

As I invited my wife to offer the prayer, the member of the Twelve, unaware of the tragedy, graciously suggested that in the prayer Sister Bednar express only appreciation for blessings received and ask for nothing. 

Sister Bednar responded in faith to the direction she received. She thanked Heavenly Father for meaningful and memorable experiences with this dear friend. She communicated sincere gratitude for the Holy Ghost as the Comforter and for the gifts of the Spirit that enable us to face adversity and to serve others. Most importantly, she expressed appreciation for the plan of salvation, for the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, for His Resurrection, and for the ordinances and covenants of the restored gospel which make it possible for families to be together forever.

Our family learned from that experience a great lesson about the power of thankfulness in meaningful prayer. Because of and through that prayer, our family was blessed with inspiration about a number of issues that were pressing upon our minds and stirring in our hearts. 

The most meaningful and spiritual prayers I have experienced contained many expressions of thanks and few, if any, requests. Let me recommend that periodically you and I offer a prayer in which we only give thanks and express gratitude. Ask for nothing; simply let our souls rejoice and strive to communicate appreciation with all the energy of our hearts.
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We should remember that most typically revelations are “conclusions” and not “explanations.” When we receive revelation for ourselves, we discover what God would have us do. He rarely provides a reason for why we should do what was revealed. Rather, He trusts us to be obedient to the revelation He has given us.
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In my #LDSconf address, I shared how Church leaders such as President James E. Faust, President Gordon B. Hinckley, Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Elder L. Tom Perry, President Boyd K. Packer, and Elder Richard G. Scott taught meaningful and inspired lessons that changed my life. 

These men, along with today’s prophets, apostles, and other Church leaders, have been called of God by prophecy. They have shared the messages the Lord wants us to hear at this particular time. 

May we hear and heed the eternal truths taught by the Lord’s authorized representatives. As we do so, I promise our faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will be fortified and we will receive spiritual guidance and protection. 
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I have found that the most spiritual part of prayer often comes when I say “amen” and I begin laboring on the thing about which I was praying. 

Meaningful prayer requires both holy communication and consecrated work. Blessings require some effort on our part before we can obtain them.

After we say “amen,” we should press forward and persevere in the consecrated work of prayer by acting upon the things we have expressed to Heavenly Father. We have a responsibility to not merely ask—but to “ask in faith” (James 1:6).
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Peace abounds in the temple.

The temple is the house of the Lord, a sanctuary from the world. Through our worthiness and sincere preparation to worship in the temple, we can feel closer to our Heavenly Father, His Beloved Son, and the Holy Ghost. Our lives will be filled with greater peace as we learn in His holy house to become more like Him.
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People across the world obtain strength from the sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples. 

Recently, I took part in the Trujillo Peru Temple dedication. The Saints of Peru rejoiced as this temple became another authorized place to make and keep sacred covenants. They have a commitment to worship the Lord in His newest earthly home.

We all face challenges and need strength and reassurance.  We are blessed to live in a time when temples dot the earth as sacred places of ordinances and covenants, of edification, and of refuge from the storm. May we each commit ourselves to regularly attend and worship the temple. 
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During my address during this year's #ChristmasDevo, I emphasized the truth that Jesus Christ is the “light and the life of the world.”

Many of our memorable and enduring Christmas traditions include different kinds of lights—lights on trees, lights in and on our homes, candles on our tables. May the beautiful lights of every holiday season remind us of Him who is the source of all light.  

And in every season of our lives, in all of the circumstances we may encounter, and in each challenge we may face, may we remember that Jesus Christ is the light that dispels fear, provides assurance and direction, and engenders enduring peace and joy.  

I witness that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, triumphantly fulfilled His mortal mission and ministry, and as our resurrected Lord, He lives today.
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I declare my witness of the living reality of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I love and revere Him. His power and peace are real. His Atonement has the power to cleanse, heal, guide, protect, and strengthen us.

I invite you to study, pray, ponder, and strive to learn more about the Savior’s Atonement. The unique challenges in each of our lives are designed to help us rely upon the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah. 

I testify and promise He will help us bear up our burdens with ease.
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To you who are preparing to serve missions, I invite you to consider three important principles. 
 
First, on your mission, your primary purpose will be to help others come unto Christ. Strive to develop a closer relationship with the Savior now. Meaningful and consistent prayer and scripture study should become important parts of your discipleship long before you receive a mission call.
 
Second, learn that spiritual strength and power are developed through heartfelt and willing obedience. Work hard; be obedient to the Lord and to your parents. Obedience opens the door to the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. 
 
Third, you will be called to serve as a full-time missionary—a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. Through revelation, you will be assigned to serve as a missionary in an area of the world where your sincere testimony and spiritual gifts will assist others in hearing the message of the restored gospel. Bear your testimony often and become acquainted with your personal strengths.
 
The best thing you can do to prepare to serve is to become a missionary now.
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In Mexico on a recent assignment, I witnessed once again how eager faithful Saints are to learn—regardless of their circumstances. Whether meeting with missionaries, young single adults, priesthood leaders, or members of ward and stake councils, I sensed a deep desire to increase in learning.

The overarching purpose of Heavenly Father’s great plan of happiness is to provide His spirit children with opportunities to learn. The Savior said, “Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.” Our individual responsibility is to learn what we should learn, to live as we know we should live, and to become what the Savior would have us become.

I invite each of us to act and learn fundamental truths for ourselves. Answers to the questions of our souls always are found in the doctrines and principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.
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David A. Bednar was ordained and set apart as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 7, 2004. Prior to his call to the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Bednar served as an Area Seventy, Area Authority Seventy, regional representative, twice as a stake president, and as a bishop.

Elder Bednar was born on June 15, 1952, in Oakland, California. He served as a full-time missionary in Southern Germany and then attended Brigham Young University, where he received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. He also received a doctoral degree in organizational behavior from Purdue University.

After completing his education, Elder Bednar was a professor of business management at Texas Tech University and at the University of Arkansas. He then served as the president of Brigham Young University–Idaho (formerly Ricks College) from 1997-2004.

Elder Bednar married Susan Kae Robinson in the Salt Lake Temple on March 20, 1975, and they are the parents of three sons.

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  • Brigham Young University
  • Purdue University
    Doctoral in Organizational Behavior
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