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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I know that He lives. May we reach outward when the natural tendency for us is to turn inward. Rather, we are dependent upon and in need of “the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah” 2 Nephi 2: 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:.

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. 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.

Light of the World, by Howard Lyon. In addition to the incidents we have thus far reviewed, recall how the Savior, while suffering such agony on the cross, instructed the Apostle John about caring for Jesus’ mother, Mary John A day or so later, in the midst of program planning and detail arranging for the three funerals, I received a phone call from the Relief Society president of my home ward. His character is such that He “[suffered] temptations of every kind” Alma 7: The complaining sister had a cold and did not feel well, and she basically chewed out the Relief Society president for not being thoughtful or compassionate enough to arrange for meals to be delivered to her home.

Given the magnitude and intensity of Jesus’ agony, it perhaps would have been understandable if He had not noticed and attended to the guard’s severed ear.

The usages I found most relevant, however, relate to “. 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 bddnar and charitable character. This faithful woman was a single mother rearing her only child–her teenage daughter. Perhaps the greatest indicator of character is the capacity to recognize and appropriately respond to other bednag who are experiencing the very challenge or adversity that is most immediately and forcefully pressing upon us.


How could He pray for the well-being and unity of others immediately before His own anguish?

Nevertheless, I believe there charcater several conceptual connections that are important for us to consider and ponder. We cannot obtain such a capacity through sheer willpower or personal determination. 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.

We must let them know as much as we can about the condition of their daughters and that they will soon be in the hospital in Fayetteville. Her only daughter had just been tragically killed, but she was concerned about the potentially troublesome memories I might have given my experience in the emergency room.

Let me describe one final episode related nednar these three tragic deaths. 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. I arrived at the hospital and proceeded to the emergency room.

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I know that He lives. Consider the scene as Jesus emerged from His awful suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Thus, character is demonstrated by looking and reaching outward when the natural and instinctive response is to chrlst self-absorbed and turn inward. Discourses of Brigham Youngp.

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 oof Apostles, that if all the sayings and doings of the Savior had been written, the world could not contain them.

Thus, character is demonstrated by looking and reaching outward when the natural and instinctive response is to be self-absorbed and turn inward.

The fact that He was dismissive of temptation and gave it “no heed,” reveals His marvelous character, which we are to emulate see Doctrine and Covenants 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.

I conclude now by returning to where I began–the statement by Elder Maxwell in that special training session bednzr September: It is interesting bedmar me that one of the central elements of the word character is created by the letters A, C, and T.

And I testify that His character made possible for us the opportunities for both immortality and eternal life. The New Testament is a rich characher for learning about and increasing our appreciation for the character and life and example of the Savior.


In a moment of ultimate gednar, this dear friend reached outward when I likely would have turned inward. Jesus was victorious in meeting and overcoming the strategy of Satan.

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Let me suggest that you and I must be praying and dhrist and striving and working to cultivate a Christlike char acter if we hope to receive the spiritual gift of char ity–the pure love of Christ.

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: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: My wife called to me in the middle of my shower and indicated that I was needed immediately on the telephone.

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.

I speak with equal reverence and awe of these two women–women of faith and character and conversion–who taught me so much and instinctively reached outward when most of us would have turned inward. What enabled Him to seek comfort and peace for those whose need was so much less chrlst His? When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword?

I then heard one of the most remarkable things I oc ever heard in my life. I will say that the world could not understand them. Jesus’ character necessarily underwrote His remarkable atonement.

I have just returned from the funeral home, and they have helped my daughter to look so lovely again.

All three of these virtuous, lovely, and engaging young women–who seemed to have so much of life in front of them–suddenly had gone home to their Eternal Father. The statement I quoted earlier from Elder Maxwell provides the answer to each of these powerful questions:.

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: Our friend lived approximately 35 miles from the hospital and therefore needed the assistance of someone who lived closer to the city.

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