It was one of approximately 11,000 anonymous questions texted to him during the devotional. The precious perspective provided by the restored gospel allows us to learn lessons that prepare us for eternity through the adversities of mortality. 32. I declare my sure witness of the living reality and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. These are literal, actual spiritual truths. . Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever.34. Now, please notice the next line in Mosiah 3:19: “and becometh a saint.” May I suggest this phrase describes the continuation and second phase of life’s journey as outlined by President McKay. Guide to the Scriptures, s.v. “fun” [noun], merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fun. Let’s review this verse one more time: “For we know that it is by grace [the enabling and strengthening power of the Atonement of Christ] that we are saved, after all we can do.”. I appreciate the invitation from Elder Bateman to speak with you. . 3. . Searching my soul? Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. The light that shone in her eyes, the spiritually dignified tone of her voice, her bright and peaceful countenance—everything about her affirmed the truthfulness of what she was saying. I am not so sure, however, that we know and understand that the Atonement is also for saints—for good men and women who are obedient and worthy and conscientious and who are striving to become better and serve more faithfully. I express my appreciation for the infinite and eternal sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Brigham Young University-Idaho Devotional September 11, 2001 Elder David A. Bednar Joy to the world, the Lord is come; Her expression of faith caused me to remember the lyrics of several familiar hymns: With faith, we hold the iron rod Brothers and sisters, I know the Savior lives. 20. May I suggest, brothers and sisters, that as we come to better understand this sacred power, our gospel perspective will be greatly enlarged and enriched. As a wise and loving father, Lehi taught his son Jacob that the very purpose of mortal life is for all people to have joy: But behold, all things have been done in the wisdom of him who knoweth all things. All is well! . “I know that my Redeemer lives!”16. I desire and pray for the assistance of the Holy Ghost for you and for me as we focus now together on things of eternal worth during this devotional. Happily Ever After: Lessons from Joseph Smith, Lehi, and the Recent Accounting Scandals, BYU Speeches Rather, these two dimensions of the Atonement are connected and complementary; they both need to be operational during all phases of the journey of life. We are all familiar with the story of Alma and Amulek contained in Alma 14. Joy primarily is deep and rich; fun primarily is shallow. Our suffering and misfortunes can be “swallowed up in the joy of Christ”36 and consecrated for our gain,37 “that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.”38 Thus joy endures in times and through experiences that are both good and bad because of our knowledge of the Father’s plan and of the Savior’s Atonement. In my personal scripture study I often insert the term enabling power whenever I encounter the word grace. And in October, Elder Gerrit W. Gong encouraged us to look back from the future as “a remembrance of things to come.”10 He asked us to go with him to the year 2040 and look back with gratitude on four things we had learned as ­students in 2018: May we learn how to learn by the Spirit; may we choose and decide in time how best to prepare for eternity; may we offer global experience and training to contribute to every nation, kindred, and tongue; and may we seek and rejoice in spiritual strengthening.11. 7. “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks,” Hymns, no. to make bad men good”—or, in other words, put off the natural man—“and good men better”—or, in other words, become more like a saint. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Nephi is an example of one who knew and understood and relied upon the enabling power of the Savior. “Come, Come, Ye Saints,” Hymns, no. We had cooked the hide, after soaking and scraping the hair off until it was soft and then ate it, glue and all. Brigham Young University-Idaho Religion Symposium January 25, 2003 Elder David A. Bednar. Finally I was impressed how to fix the stuff and gave the company advice, telling them how to cook it; for them to scorch and scrape the hair off; this had a tendency to kill and purify the bad taste that scalding gave it. I believe the contrast between righteous joy and worldly fun is instructive and helps us better understand the nature of true joy. I personally relish every chance I have to hear my Brethren teach the doctrine of Christ and feel the power of their apostolic testimonies of our living Savior. 16. In October 1987 Elder Marvin J. Ashton, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke in general conference about spiritual gifts. Examples of the enabling power are not found only in the scriptures. These are not words on a page in a book. Right now. And what a lesson each of us should learn. Repeat the sounding joy, Many additional gospel truths could be discussed, but we do not have time today. “joy,” He prayed that he would be strengthened to deal with his circumstances. Provo, Utah 84602. I recall with great fondness numerous other occasions in this building when I have listened to inspired leaders and learned from great teachers. I moved into Helaman Halls in August 1970 and quickly became acquainted with many diverse and faithful young men and young women. Let’s resume reading in Mosiah 3:19 where we previously had stopped: “and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father” (emphasis added). Joy primarily is spiritual; fun primarily is temporal. And in this Christmas season, we will sing: “Glad tidings of great joy I bring Good morning, brothers and sisters. Perhaps now we can more fully understand and appreciate the lesson of Matthew 11:28–30: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. But the Son of God perfectly knows and understands, for He felt and bore our burdens before we ever did. Devotionals constitute an important class at BYU that no one should miss. Enduring joy is not a blessing reserved for a select few. Love without end.3. I am not trying to suggest that the redeeming and enabling powers of the Atonement are separate and discrete. He answers privately, He can reach out, touch, and succor—literally run to us—and strengthen us to be more than we could ever be and help us to do that which we could never do through relying only upon our own power. Just as Nephi, Amulek, and Alma and his people were strengthened, Daniel W. Jones had the spiritual insight to know what to ask for in that prayer. All that I have read thus far is a preparation for the next line from Daniel W. Jones’ journal. I believe we can learn much about this vital aspect of the Atonement if we will insert enabling and strengthening power each time we find the word grace in the scriptures. You will recall that in this chapter we learn about Rameumptom and the prescribed and prideful prayer offered by the Zoramites. 195). Where, when I languish, The enabling power of the Atonement of Christ strengthens us to do things we could never do on our own. Let me present one final example from the Book of Mormon. “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” Hymns, 2002, no. I personally do not believe the bands with which Nephi was bound just magically fell from his hands and wrists. . A common dictionary definition of joy is “a feeling of great pleasure [or] happiness.”20 In comparison, the Guide to the Scriptures describes joy as “a condition of great happiness [that results] from righteous living.”21 Interestingly, our gospel perspective helps us to understand that joy is more than a fleeting feeling or emotion; rather, it is a spiritual gift and a state of being and becoming. I had returned from my mission to southern Germany just three weeks earlier, and the message he presented that day was entitled “Be Loyal to the Royal Within You.” I hope I shall never forget what I felt and heard and learned that day. Rather, every member of the Lord’s restored Church who is striving to remember and honor sacred covenants and keep the commandments can receive this gift, according to God’s will and timing. Elder David A. Bednar speaks at the BYU campus devotional in the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Credit: Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo. My experience at BYU was “spiritually strength­ening,” “intellectually enlarging,” and a preparation for “lifelong learning and service.”5 And most important of all, I met Susan Robinson on this campus after I returned home from my mission in 1973. As we do so, may you begin to see with new eyes and hear with new ears as “Saints and angels sing,” as we “repeat the sounding joy,” and as we “ever worship God.”39. I know apostles and prophets authoritatively act for and in behalf of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is, grace represents that divine assistance or heavenly help each of us will desperately need to qualify for the celestial kingdom. And it is eternally important for all of us to recognize that both of these essential elements of the journey of life—both putting off the natural man and becoming a saint, both overcoming bad and becoming good—are accomplished through the power of the Atonement. She was filled with joy. When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice, “We hadn’t the faith to ask him to bless the raw-hide, for it was ‘hard stock.’ On eating now all seemed to relish the feast. Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish? Since becoming president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson frequently has extended an invitation to the people of the world that includes the promise of joy: Our message to the world is simple and sincere: we invite all of God’s children on both sides of the veil to come unto their Savior, receive the blessings of the holy temple, have enduring joy, and qualify for eternal life.19. As only Elder Holland could declare: Go out there and light a candle. I recently was in a spiritually powerful testimony meeting and listened intently as a devoted sister declared, “I have great joy because of the Father’s plan of salvation.” Immediately obvious to me was the fact that this woman was not simply speaking familiar words. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.4. Consider the example in Mosiah 24 as Alma and his people are being persecuted by Amulon. Let earth receive her King! In a Brigham Young University (BYU) devotional address Tuesday, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles described the similarities between what Latter-day Saints experienced in the Nauvoo Temple in 1846 with what Church members experienced in temples in … See “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1995). In March, Elder Ronald A. Rasband emphasized the importance of personal integrity. We made a trial of them. The food and supplies left with Daniel and his colleagues were, to say the least, meager and were rapidly expended. 21. The following is the text of the address Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivered on August 19, 2014, during Campus Education Week at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Jeffrey R. Holland, “Banishing All Shadows,” BYU commencement address, 26 April 2018. In 1856 he participated in the rescue of handcart companies that were stranded in Wyoming by severe storms. The main idea of the word is divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ (emphasis added). “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” Hymns, no. Brigham Young University–Idaho Devotional. But Alma and his followers were strengthened, and their increased capacity and strength made the burdens they bore lighter. “joy,” en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/joy; emphasis added. Your life and your BYU-Idaho experience will be greatly enriched. If we cannot look to you to change the world, tell me to whom we should look.8, Second, Elder Holland admonished us to be “secure in the promise of God’s unfailing love for [us] and the redeeming blessings that flow forever from the gospel of Jesus Christ.”9. Elder Neil L. Andersen in April described and discussed “a holier approach to ministering.” He highlighted: There is a unique and supernal gift of ministering that can come from someone who loves God with all his or her heart; who is settled, grounded, steadfast, and immovable in his or her faith in Jesus Christ and in the restored gospel; and who keeps the commandments with exactness.7. This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts” (emphasis added). He summarized the overarching purpose of the gospel of the Savior in these terms: “The purpose of the gospel is . The world needs you, and surely your Father in Heaven needs you if His blessed purposes for His children are to prevail. Consider, for example, this verse with which we are all familiar: “For we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23). But together we prayed that she would be strengthened, and she indeed was blessed through the enabling power of the Atonement to do physically what in her own power she could not do. See the complete list of abbreviations here. Cherish the gospel of Jesus Christ and live it. . I know well Elders Holland, Andersen, Rasband, and Gong. . . Kevin J Worthen, “Enter to Learn; Go Forth to Serve,” BYU commencement address, 16 August 2018. Because of Heavenly Father’s plan and the Savior’s Atonement, challenges and afflictions invite us to lift up our eyes35 to Jesus Christ, the true source of joy. scriptures.lds.org; emphasis added. As I entered the Marriott Center this morning, my mind was flooded with wonderful memories. He did not pray that his circumstances would be changed. On page 697, under the word grace, we read: “A word that occurs frequently in the New Testament, especially in the writings of Paul. Additional detail is described in verse 12: “And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities” (emphasis added). All is well!15, Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives: This morning I arose very, very early, and I would like to share with you briefly just a few thoughts that may be of some assistance to all of us. What an extraordinary spiritual curriculum has been presented in 2018 by these four servants of the Lord. Devotional by David A. Bednar on August 31st 1999 Titled: "Receiving, Recognizing, and Responding to the Promptings of the Holy Ghost" 36:08 Robert L. Millet "Live Christ Like Life" 25. We love you, and we love Brigham Young University. Do this, and joy your hearts will swell— Please consider this petition contained in verse 26 offered by Alma as he prayed in prison: “O Lord, give us strength according to our faith which is in Christ, even unto deliverance” (emphasis added). 218 University Press Building “The purpose of the gospel is . I am so old that I remember attending devotionals as a freshman in the Smith Fieldhouse before the Marriott Center was constructed. Many were so turned against the stuff that it made them sick to think of it. Before introducing Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a Dec. 4 devotional, BYU President Kevin J … Now go forth to serve and strengthen. 211. I frankly do not think many of us “get it” concerning this enabling and strengthening aspect of the Atonement, and I wonder if we mistakenly believe we must make the journey from good to better and become a saint all by ourselves through sheer grit, willpower, and discipline, and with our obviously limited capacities. What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.12. Thus the enabling power of the Atonement strengthens us to do and be good and serve beyond our own individual desire and natural capacity. I draw myself apart, Elder David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this week’s devotional address. . Before Elder Bednar began his devotional address, President Worthen shared these comments with the campus community: As we frequently sing in preparation to partake of the emblems of the sacrament, “His precious blood he freely spilt; His life he freely gave, A sinless sacrifice for guilt, A dying world to save” (“How Great the Wisdom and the Love,” Hymns, 1985, no. (Nate Edwards/BYU Photo) Elder David A. Bednar … You have entered to learn. 17. But with joy wend your way. General Note: #1299 Credits: … He that keepeth his commandments receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all things.31, Because of Heavenly Father’s plan and the Savior’s Atonement, service invites us to emulate the character of Jesus Christ, the true source of joy. And it came to pass that after they had spoken these words the Spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received a remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience, because of the exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ who should come.29. Behold, how many thousands of our brethren has he loosed from the pains of hell; and they are brought to sing redeeming love, and this because of the power of his word which is in us, therefore have we not great reason to rejoice? Daniel W. Jones was born in 1830 in Missouri, and he joined the Church in California in 1851. I invite you to sing “Joy to the World” with both your voice and your heart. I vividly remember sitting way up there on September 11, 1973, and listening to the teachings and testimony of President Harold B. Lee. Here again we see reflected in his request Alma’s understanding of and confidence in the enabling power of the Atonement. Elder David A. Bednar is set to speak on Jan. 19, 2021. Devotional given by David A. Bednar in September of 2003 and rebroadcast as a devotional on April 21, 2020. ’Tis better far for us to strive And may I suggest that he prayed in this manner precisely because he knew and understood and had experienced the enabling power of the Atonement of the Savior. Everyone on the campus eagerly anticipated his visit to the university and earnestly prepared to receive his message. Ronald A. Rasband, “Integrity of Heart,” BYU devotional address, 13 March 2018. Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.18. Of particular importance was his instructive invitation to each of us to assess how we understand and exercise the principle of integrity in our individual lives. . “It is through the grace of the Lord Jesus, made possible by his atoning sacrifice, that mankind will be raised in immortality, every person receiving his body from the grave in a condition of everlasting life.”. Devotional by David A. Bednar on January 5th 1999, titled: "Your Whole Souls as an Offering Unto Him" “And Alma and Amulek came forth out of the prison, and they were not hurt; for the Lord had granted unto them power, according to their faith which was in Christ” (emphasis added). Elder David A. Bednar We invite all to participate in devotional each week. Those closest to him notice the deepest evidences of that power. I find the parallels between the attributes described in these verses striking and an indication that Alma’s good people were becoming a better people through the enabling power of the Atonement of Christ the Lord. There is no physical pain, no anguish of soul, no suffering of spirit, no infirmity or weakness that you or I ever experience during our mortal journey that the Savior did not experience first. Many other inspired devotional speakers also have shared experiences and insights that strengthen faith in our Heavenly Father and His eternal plan and in Jesus Christ and His infinite Atonement. Elder Bednar's remarks will be broadcast live on BYUtv, BYUtv.org (and archived for on-demand streaming), KBYU-TV 11, Classical 89 FM, BYUradio 107.9 FM, and SiriusXM 143. The greatest lessons I have learned about the enabling power have come from the quiet example of my wife in our own home. It is for good people who are trying to become better and serve faithfully and who yearn for an ongoing and mighty change of heart. Collection: Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Redeemer, Podcast: Jesus Christ, Our Savior and Redeemer, BYU Speeches . I attended San Leandro High School in the East Bay Area of California from 1967 to 1970. In mortality we all are tempted by the flesh. I am delighted to be here with you. Adam declared: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God.23, Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.24, The Father’s plan of happiness enables His children to obtain a physical body and gain mortal experience, to choose righteousness in the presence of evil and temptation, and to assist Heavenly Father with His great plan through honorable marriage and parenthood.25 Ultimately, at the time of our resurrection, “the spirit and the body [are] to be united never again to be divided, that they might receive a fulness of joy.”26. You and I in a moment of weakness may cry out, “No one understands. My objective this morning is to describe and discuss both the redeeming and enabling powers of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Now compare these characteristics in Mosiah 3:19 with those used to describe Alma and his people in the latter part of verse 15 in Mosiah 24: “and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord” (emphasis added). It is for me a blessing and a remarkable responsibility to stand before you today. The Savior declared to His disciples: If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. And the Book of Mormon is replete with examples of disciples and prophets who knew and understood and were transformed by the enabling power of the Atonement in making that journey. . Now if I had been one of Alma’s people and received that particular assurance, my response likely would have been, “I thank thee, and please hurry!” But notice in verse 15 the process the Lord used to lighten the burden: “And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord” (emphasis added). Joy primarily pertains to mortality and eternity; fun pertains only to mortality. Thus the Savior has suffered not just for our iniquities but also for the inequality, the unfairness, the pain, the anguish, and the emotional distress that so frequently beset us. Neil L. Andersen, “A Holier Approach to Ministering,” BYU devotional address, 10 April 2018. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, obedience, service, and a gospel perspective about the trials we encounter in mortality all invite us to come unto the source of enduring joy—Jesus Christ. Brigham Young University–Idaho Devotional. If correcting all the world’s ills seems a daunting task, so be it. The very elements out of which our bodies were created are by nature fallen and ever subject to the pull of sin, corruption, and death. In this episode many faithful Saints had been put to death by fire, and these two servants of the Lord had been imprisoned and beaten. We will become more childlike, more submissive, more patient, and more willing to submit. Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching. The time to decide your epitaph is not at the end of your career but at the beginning. “Heavenly Father, please send me a quail or a buffalo.” It never would have occurred to me to pray that my stomach would be strengthened and adapted to what we already had. Brothers and sisters, I believe this second part of the journey—this process of going from good to better—is a topic about which we do not study or teach frequently enough nor understand adequately. After the rescue party found the suffering Saints, provided what immediate comfort they could, and made arrangements for the sick and the feeble to be transported to Salt Lake City, Daniel and several other young men volunteered to remain with and safeguard the company’s possessions. I was with them ninety minutes ago in a meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve. And how is it obtained? He’s … I have been in this arena many, many times. After scraping, boil one hour in plenty of water, throwing the water away which had extracted all the glue, then wash and scrape the hide thoroughly, washing in cold water, then boil to a jelly and let it get cold, and then eat with a little sugar sprinkled on it. REXBURG, Idaho — Looking out among 15,000 students in the BYU-Idaho Center here on Sunday, Sept. 22, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles moved his finger across the screen of his iPad and read a question. He, only One. And I hope to place particular emphasis upon the enabling power of the Atonement. Gerrit W. Gong, “We Seek After These Things,” BYU devotional address, 16 October 2018. As you and I come to understand and employ the enabling power of the Atonement in our personal lives, we will pray and seek for strength to change our circumstances rather than praying for our circumstances to be changed. . Will you be moral, ethical, and honest?6. to make bad men good and good men better, and to change human nature” (from the film Every Member a Missionary, as acknowledged by Franklin D. Richards, CR, October 1965, 136–37; see also Brigham Young, JD8:130 [22 July 1860]). Go out there and be undaunted. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. The next step in my preparation to speak with you this morning was to study the devotional and commencement messages presented on this campus in 2018 by four of my Brethren from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In Alma 31, Alma is directing a mission to reclaim the apostate Zoramites. He spoke about modern-day miracles and the connection between faith-filled temple work in 1846 and 2020. How important it is for us to never confuse or trade the enduring, deep joy of devoted discipleship for temporary and shallow fun. © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. Repeat the sounding joy, In Alma 7 we learn how and why the Savior is able to provide the enabling power, beginning with verse 11: “And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people” (emphasis added). It is one thing to know that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for us. David A. Bednar was the president of BYU–Idaho when this devotional address was given at Brigham Young University on 23 October 2001. Assuming that I would never again stand at this pulpit to teach and testify, I have considered what might be the most important message I could share with you. I Will Not Remove Mine Integrity From Me (Job 27:5) Elder David A. Bednar . Elder Rasband asked: When you leave this sacred school setting, what will you be known for? Last, connect those lyrics to Alma’s description of the Savior: And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivers the Jan. 19 devotional focusing on miracles in temple work. He knew he was an agent of the Lord, and he prayed for the power to act and affect his situation. She has been the love of my life for almost forty-four years. Susan and I are grateful to be here with you. And we can increase our capacity to overcome the desires of the flesh and temptations, as described in this verse, “through the atonement of Christ.” When we make mistakes—as we transgress and sin—we are able to overcome such weakness through the redeeming and cleansing power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Be your best self and let your character shine. To you and all mankind.”17. I recently read a statement by President Kevin J Worthen about deep joy. Such a perspective will change us in remarkable ways. Elder David A. Bednar Quorum of the Twelve Apostles 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 … David A. 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