David A. Bednar . 25 Jan. , BYU-I Religion Symposium, “The Character of Christ”. Read 29 Jan. , Ricks College Symposium, “Come Unto Christ”. Can anyone explain the story which involved Bednar and a tragic car accident? How does this story make you feel? What points stood out to. Discover ideas about Light Of Christ. The Character of Christ- David A. Bednar God and Jesus Christ. Light Of ChristLds TalksLds SeminaryLds.
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We cannot obtain such a capacity through sheer willpower or personal determination. Indeed, the depth of suffering and compassion is intimately linked to the depth of love felt by the ministering one.
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And I testify that His character made possible for us the opportunities for both immortality and eternal life. During the course of our telephone conversation and as I listened to both the information being conveyed and the voice of our friend, I gradually became aware of two important things.
What enabled Him to seek comfort and peace for those whose need was so much less than His? There was urgency in chzracter voice, but there was no panic or excessive alarm.
And clearly we are being blessed with this marvelous gift as we increasingly reach outward when the natural man or woman in us would typically turn inward. Character is revealed, for example, in the power to discern the suffering of other people when we ourselves are suffering; in the ability to detect the hunger of others when we are hungry; and in the power to reach out and extend compassion for the spiritual agony of others when we are in the midst of our own spiritual distress.
As chagacter already have seen in the examples of Christ’s character from the New Testament, the nature and consistency of how one act s reveals in a powerful way his or her true char act er.
Nevertheless, she reached outward when many or perhaps most of us would have turned inward with sorrow and grief.
The revelations of the Lord to his creatures are adapted to the lowest capacity, and they bring life and salvation to all who are willing to receive them. The statement I quoted earlier from Elder Maxwell provides the answer to each of these powerful questions:.
And I testify that His character made possible for us the opportunities for both immortality and eternal life. Without hesitation, and with a calm and most deliberate voice, our friend next said, “President Bednar, we must get in contact with the two other mothers.
Let me now briefly share with you two memorable experiences from my service as a stake president that highlight the relationship between our act ions and a Christlike char act er.
In the case of Christ, he is described as one “. Early one summer morning I was showering. After reviewing and finalizing several details for the funeral of her daughter, this good sister said to me, “President, I am sure it was difficult for you to see my daughter in the emergency room the other day.
Jesus, who suffered the most, has the most compassion for all of us who suffer so much less. Interestingly, the additions found in the JST completely change our understanding of this event. I then drove to the hospital with a concern in my heart for the well-being of the two other beautiful young women who had been involved in the accident. I became aware that as she was talking with me, she was also talking with a nurse at a small rural hospital who had initially attended to the three accident victims.
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Throughout His mortal ministry, and especially during the events leading up to and including the atoning sacrifice, the Savior of the world turned outward–when the natural man or woman in any of us would have been self-centered and focused inward.
And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew unto Jesus to kiss him. Perhaps the greatest indicator of character is the capacity to recognize and appropriately respond to other people who are experiencing the very challenge or adversity that is most immediately and forcefully pressing upon us.
Maxwell — taught a principle that has impressed me deeply and been the focus for much of my studying, reflecting, and pondering. She was severely injured and disfigured. I arrived at the hospital and proceeded to the emergency room. Thus, character is demonstrated by looking and reaching outward when the natural and instinctive response is to be self-absorbed and turn inward. Having just sweat great drops of blood from every pore as part of the infinite and eternal Atonement, the Redeemer encountered a multitude:.
May we reach outward when the natural tendency for us is to turn inward. Our friend indicated one of the young women had already been pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and that the two other young women were badly injured and presently were being transported to the regional medical center in Fayetteville. Rather, we are dependent upon and in need of “the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah” 2 Nephi 2: I was listening to this good woman in the very moment that she learned of the death of her precious daughter.
And, undoubtedly, Jesus would have benefitted from and been blessed by such a heavenly ministration in a time of physical and spiritual need.
Indeed, it is possible for us as mortals to strive in righteousness to receive the spiritual gifts associated with the capacity to reach outward and appropriately respond to other people who bddnar experiencing the very challenge or adversity that is most immediately and forcefully pressing upon us. Just hours before the funeral of her only child, this remarkable Relief Society president prepared and delivered a meal to the murmuring sister.
After returning home from the area training meeting in Twin Falls, the first question I attempted to answer was “What is character? Nevertheless, I believe there are several conceptual connections that are important for us bednr consider and ponder.