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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In the upper room on the night of the last supper, the very night during which He would experience the greatest suffering that ever took place in all of the worlds created by Him, Christ spoke about the Comforter and peace:.

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It may not all have been translated aright, and many precious things may have been rejected in the compilation and translation of the Bible; but we understand, from the writings of one of the Apostles, that if all the sayings and doings of the Savior had been written, the world could not contain them.

In the upper room bednzr the night of the Last Supper, the very night during which He would experience the greatest suffering that ever took place in oof of the worlds created by Him, Christ spoke about the Comforter and peace:. I noted earlier in my remarks that the letters A, C, and T form a central component in the word char act er.

Early one summer morning I was showering. Consider how, as the Lord was taken to Calvary and the awful agony of the crucifixion was commenced, He pleaded with the Father in behalf of the soldiers to “.

I will take the liberty of saying to every man and woman who wishes to obtain salvation through him the Savior that looking to him, only, is not enough: This verse in the King James version of the New Testament clearly indicates that angels came and ministered to the Savior after the devil had departed. 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.

And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: I find myself repeatedly asking the following questions as I ponder this and other events that took place so close to His betrayal and His suffering in the garden: And I testify that His character made possible for us the opportunities for both immortality and eternal life.

On the day of her daughter’s funeral, this Relief Society president from my home ward received a phone call from an irritated sister in our ward. And he touched his ear, and healed him Luke It is interesting to me that one of the central elements of the word character is created by the letters A, C, and T.

This morning I hope to share with you just a few of the learnings that have come to my mind and heart as I have attempted to more fully appreciate this teaching by Elder Maxwell. Note His response to the guard as described in verse Recognizing that He Himself was about to intensely and personally experience the absence of both comfort and peace, and in a moment when His heart was perhaps troubled and afraid, the Master reached outward and offered to others the very blessings that could and would have strengthened Him.


Brothers and sisters, it is important for us to recognize that Jesus in the midst of His own challenge xhrist and appropriately responded to John–who was experiencing a similar but lesser challenge than that of the Savior’s. Etymologically there is no relationship between these two words.

However, the Joseph Smith Translation of Matthew 4: If such a capacity is indeed the ultimate criterion of moral character, then the Savior of the world is the perfect example of such a consistent and charitable character.

After returning home from the area training meeting in Twin Falls, the first question I attempted to answer was “What is character? Light of the World, by Howard Lyon. Nevertheless, she reached outward when many or perhaps most of us would have turned inward with sorrow and grief.

I next heard the voice of a dear sister and friend informing me of a tragic automobile accident that had just occurred in a remote area involving three teenage young women from our stake. He also was tempted by the adversary to inappropriately use His supernal power to satisfy physical desires by commanding that stones be made bread, to gain recognition by casting Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple, and to obtain wealth and power and prestige in exchange for falling down and worshiping the tempter see Matthew 4: Little did I realize that the lessons I would learn about Christlike character–lessons taught by seemingly ordinary disciples–were just beginning.

Let me suggest that you and I must be praying, yearning, striving, and working to cultivate a Christlike character if we hope to receive the spiritual gift of charity—the pure love of Christ.

We cannot obtain such a capacity through sheer willpower or personal determination. We are all well aware that following His baptism by John the Baptist and as a preparation for His public ministry, the Savior fasted for forty days.

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It is interesting to note that the overarching and fundamental challenge to the Savior in each of these three temptations is contained in the taunting statement, ” If thou be the Son of God. Her daughter had been one of the victims in the accident, and she and I had talked several times about her desires for the funeral program. As bednat fallen nature of the world He created pressed in upon Him, how could He focus so totally and so exclusively upon the conditions and concerns of others?

She was severely injured and disfigured. 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. My attention and the attention of the respective families now shifted to funeral arrangements and logistics.

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We bedmar obtain such a xharacter through sheer willpower or personal determination. Nevertheless, I believe there are several conceptual connections that are important for us to consider and ponder. As we already charatcer 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.


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. Without Jesus’ sublime character there could have been no sublime atonement!

Our friend lived approximately 35 miles from the hospital and therefore needed the assistance of someone who lived closer to the city. And, undoubtedly, Jesus would have benefitted from and been blessed by such a heavenly ministration in a time of physical and spiritual need. Indeed we must honor our covenants and live worthily and do all that we can do to qualify for the gift; but ultimately the gift of charity possesses us—we do not posses it see Moroni 7: My prayer for each of us is that through our study of this sacred volume of scripture we will more fully come unto Him; more completely become like Him; and more fervently worship, reverence, and adore Him.

Oh how I appreciate their quiet and powerful examples. 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. 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. As the fallen nature of the world He created pressed in upon Him, how could He focus so totally and so exclusively upon the conditions and concerns of others?

Angels did not come and minister to the Savior; rather, the Savior, in His own state of spiritual, mental, and physical distress, sent angels to minister to John. 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.

How was the Master able to reach outward when a lesser being would have turned inward? What will this faith lead to?

And I testify that His character made possible for us the opportunities for both immortality and eternal life. The Christlike character of this devoted woman was manifested in her immediate and almost instinctive turning outward to attend to the needs of other suffering mothers.