He knew about the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Searching my soul? Joy comes from exercising faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, worthily receiving and faithfully honoring sacred ordinances and covenants, and striving to become deeply converted to the Savior and His purposes. No one knows.” No human being, perhaps, knows. January 8, 2002 . First, consider the titles used to describe the Lord Jesus Christ by Isaiah: “Wonderful, Counsellor [please note the word counsellor], The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”1, Connect that title of Counsellor to this verse from Alma: “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good.”2. Where, in my need to know, where can I run? . “joy,” 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. 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. . He summarized the overarching purpose of the gospel of the Savior in these terms: “The purpose of the gospel is . . David A. Bednar was the president of BYU–Idaho when this devotional address was given at Brigham Young University on 23 October 2001. “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. It was at this point in their trip that Nephi’s brothers bound him with cords and planned his destruction. 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 Will Not Remove Mine Integrity From Me (Job 27:5) Elder David A. Bednar . . I would have prayed for something else to eat. And the Atonement provides help for us to overcome and avoid bad and to do and become good. And because He paid the ultimate price and bore that burden, He has perfect empathy and can extend to us His arm of mercy in so many phases of our life. Adam and Eve summarized the vital lessons they learned from the Eternal Father and from their own experience. 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). Examples of the enabling power are not found only in the scriptures. May I suggest that the Book of Mormon is our handbook of instructions as we travel the pathway from bad to good to better and to have our hearts changed. Brigham Young University-Idaho Devotional September 11, 2001 Elder David A. Bednar Kevin J Worthen, “Enter to Learn; Go Forth to Serve,” BYU commencement address, 16 August 2018. 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. 8. Because of Heavenly Father’s plan and the Savior’s Atonement, obedience invites us to follow Jesus Christ, the true source of joy. President Gilbert: We’d like to welcome Elder David A. Bednar, who is our first assigned Church speaker to the BYU-Pathway Worldwide devotionals. She radiated joy. I remember sitting right over there in 1973 when President Spencer W. Kimball, as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, delivered a powerful and extremely direct message about the importance of eternal marriage (“Marriage Is Honorable,” 30 September 1973). I was with them ninety minutes ago in a meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve. 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. The journey of a lifetime, as described by President McKay, is to go from bad to good to better and to have our very natures changed. My objective this morning is to describe and discuss both the redeeming and enabling powers of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 256. The Atonement is not only for people who have done bad things and are trying to be good. It frankly never occurred to me that someday I might be invited to stand at this pulpit and speak to a group like you. English Oxford Living Dictionaries, s.v. . Elder David A. Bednar We invite all to participate in devotional each week. “Come, Come, Ye Saints,” Hymns, no. 218 University Press Building He, only One. 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. In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend. As I started to think about and prepare for this opportunity to speak with you, I reflected on the devotional experiences I had as a BYU student. It is for me a blessing and a remarkable responsibility to stand before you today. Right now. 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 know that my Redeemer lives!”16. We asked the Lord to direct us what to do. In this Christmas season, may each of us strive to appreciate more fully the supernal gift of joy. scriptures.lds.org; emphasis added. We will become more childlike, more submissive, more patient, and more willing to submit. And I hope to place particular emphasis upon the enabling power of the Atonement. . “It is likewise through the grace of the Lord that individuals, through faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance of their sins, receive strength and assistance to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to their own means. I pray that you are taking full advantage of the remarkable opportunities you have as a student or employee at BYU to learn from the inspired leaders of the restored Church of Jesus Christ. Our useless cares from us to drive; As both a member of the Twelve and a past president of BYU, he reminded the graduates of two vital truths. 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. Now note the result of this prayer, as described in the latter part of verse 26 and in verse 28: “And they [Alma and Amulek] broke the cords with which they were bound; and when the people saw this, they began to flee, for the fear of destruction had come upon them. 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. A conversation with Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, hosted by Clark G. Gilbert, president of BYU-Pathway Worldwide. Brigham Young University-Idaho Religion Symposium January 25, 2003 Elder David A. Bednar. Laman and others in the party traveling with Nephi from Jerusalem back to the wilderness rebelled, and Nephi exhorted his brethren to have faith in the Lord. . Now please note Nephi’s prayer in verse 17: “O Lord, according to my faith which is in thee, wilt thou deliver me from the hands of my brethren; yea, even give me strength that I may burst these bands with which I am bound” (emphasis added). Your life and your BYU-Idaho experience will be greatly enriched. Thus I have been most prayerful and serious about preparing my presentation for today. 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. 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. It is clear to me that I likely will never be asked to do so again. Many additional gospel truths could be discussed, but we do not have time today. 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. I appreciate the invitation from Elder Bateman to speak with you. “Where Can I Turn for Peace?” Hymns, 2002, no. 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). Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The greatest lessons I have learned about the enabling power have come from the quiet example of my wife in our own home. She has been the love of my life for almost forty-four years. 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. And no man receiveth a fulness unless he keepeth his commandments. 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. What did Daniel W. Jones know? 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. These are not words on a page in a book. Sometimes I wonder if in our latter-day world of ease—in our world of microwave ovens and cell phones and air-conditioned cars and comfortable homes—I wonder if we ever learn to acknowledge our daily dependence upon the enabling power of the Atonement. Title: ... Devotional address delivered at Brigham Young University Marriott Center, 23 October 2001. 7. Rather, he prayed for the strength to change his circumstances. Elder Maxwell was to speak to the students, staff, and faculty in a devotional assembly. Indeed, she was becoming more like the Savior and receiving His image in her countenance,13 a part of which was becoming joyful. Be a ray of light. Devotional by David A. Bednar on January 5th 1999, titled: "Your Whole Souls as an Offering Unto Him" . The Redeemer is the ultimate and only source of enduring and eternal joy. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Her expression of faith caused me to remember the lyrics of several familiar hymns: With faith, we hold the iron rod You have been and will continue to be blessed throughout your entire life by the teachings of the Lord’s servants. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Merriam-Webster.com, s.v. I attended San Leandro High School in the East Bay Area of California from 1967 to 1970. He spoke about modern-day miracles and the connection between faith-filled temple work in 1846 and 2020. . As we progress in the journey of mortality from bad to good to better, as we put off the natural man or woman in each of us, and as we strive to become saints and have our very natures changed, then the attributes detailed in this verse increasingly should describe the type of person you and I are becoming. Indeed, “in the strength of the Lord” (Mosiah 9:17) we can do and overcome all things. Susan and I are grateful to be here with you. I watched her persevere through intense and continuous morning sickness and vomiting during each of her three pregnancies. . 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). Elder Gong counseled us to prepare now for a future that will be here tomorrow. Brothers and sisters, do you know what I likely would have prayed for if I had been tied up by my brothers? . But, if we turn to the teachings of Jesus Christ, we can find peace. READ; Fear Not Elder L. Whitney Clayton: Oh, Come, Let Us Adore Him—and the Plan! 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? 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. . I know well Elders Holland, Andersen, Rasband, and Gong. I want to stop at this point and draw our attention to two specific phrases. In the Bible Dictionary in our scriptures we learn that the word grace frequently is used in the scriptures to connote enabling power. Go out there and be undaunted. It is for me a blessing and a remarkable responsibility to stand before you today. 2 Nephi 28:30 . No, the afflictions were not removed. We ate all the poor meat; one would get hungry eating it. Elder David A. Bednar Brigham Young University–Idaho Devotional August 31, 2004 Brothers and sisters, I am grateful to meet and worship with you this afternoon. I invite you to sing “Joy to the World” with both your voice and your heart. When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice, (Nate Edwards/BYU Photo) Elder David A. Bednar … . See the complete list of abbreviations here. I know He directs the affairs of this Church. Where is my solace Joy comes from exercising faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, worthily receiving and faithfully honoring sacred ordinances and covenants, and striving to become deeply converted to the Savior and His purposes. See Also Happiness I have experienced both His redeeming and enabling power, and I witness that these powers are real and available to each of us. Now this was according to the prayer of Alma; and this because he prayed in faith” (emphasis added). It was not the burden that changed; the challenges and difficulties of persecution were not immediately removed from the people. That challenge was never removed from her. ." I personally do not believe the bands with which Nephi was bound just magically fell from his hands and wrists. 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. "HEARTFELT AND WILLING OBEDIENCE" (D&C 64:34) BYU-Idaho Campus Education Week Devotional June 27, 2002 Elder David A. Bednar ©2002 by Brigham Young University-Idaho. From a devotional address given at Brigham Young University on May 10, 2005. Most of us clearly understand that the Atonement is for sinners. Please notice the plea for strength in Alma’s personal prayer, as described in verse 31: “O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I may have strength, that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me, because of the iniquity of this people” (emphasis added). Good morning, brothers and sisters. We were three days without eating before this second attempt was made. Jeffrey R. Holland, “Banishing All Shadows,” BYU commencement address, 26 April 2018. . © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. In 1 Nephi 7 we recall that the sons of Lehi had returned to Jerusalem to enlist Ishmael and his household in their cause. Everyone on the campus eagerly anticipated his visit to the university and earnestly prepared to receive his message. 3. 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). I yearn and invite and pray for the companionship of the Holy Ghost to be with me and with you as we visit together for these few minutes about this sacred subject. 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]). Be your best self and let your character shine. I invite you to identify, study, and prayerfully ponder additional principles that enable us to receive this important spiritual gift of joy. Elder Rasband asked: When you leave this sacred school setting, what will you be known for? 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. 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. Where, when I languish, David A. Bednar, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered this devotional address on December 4, 2018. Speeches > David A. Bednar > “In the Strength of the Lord”, President of Brigham Young University–Idaho. By Elder David A. Bednar. 21. The world needs you, and surely your Father in Heaven needs you if His blessed purposes for His children are to prevail. I have thought about you and the student involved in the incident yesterday without ceasing since I learned of this episode. 211. Where, when my aching grows, See “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1995). Elder Bednar noted the “eternal importance of temple covenants and ordinances” anchoring both ends of … As only Elder Holland could declare: Go out there and light a candle. I am so old that I remember attending devotionals as a freshman in the Smith Fieldhouse before the Marriott Center was constructed. He summarized the overarching purpose of the gospel of the Savior in these terms: “The purpose of the gospel is . I recently read a statement by President Kevin J Worthen about deep joy. As I entered the Marriott Center this morning, my mind was flooded with wonderful memories. Elder Bednar has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 2004. Constant he is and kind, Brigham Young University–Idaho Devotional. That fall semester was a life-­changing time for me because of spiritually powerful sacrament meetings and service in my student ward, stimulating academic classes and supportive teachers, and a strong brotherhood that developed with my dorm friends as we played intramural sports, talked late into the night, and perpetrated typical but harmless freshman pranks and practical jokes. I declare my sure witness of the living reality and divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ. I do so joyfully and in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen. In mortality we all are tempted by the flesh. This made it rather inclined to stay with us longer than we desired. How important it is for us to never confuse or trade the enduring, deep joy of devoted discipleship for temporary and shallow fun. 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). An important time of learning for me started on this campus in 1970. Many were so turned against the stuff that it made them sick to think of it. First, each of us must bridle our personal ambition and focus our talents and energy on accomplishing God’s will. Rather, I suspect that he was blessed with both persistence and personal strength beyond his natural capacity, that he then “in the strength of the Lord” (Mosiah 9:17) worked and twisted and tugged on the cords and ultimately and literally was enabled to break the bands. Repeat the sounding joy, 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" Provo, Utah 84602. A lot was cooked and eaten without any seasoning and it made the whole company sick. Good afternoon, brothers and sisters, and welcome to a new semester at Brigham Young University–Idaho.Sister Bednar and I are delighted that you are here at the university, and we appreciate worshipping with you today in this devotional assembly. “fun” [noun], merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fun. 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. Elder David A. Bednar, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, spoke at Tuesday’s BYU Devotional. I am delighted to be here with you. “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.”. 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. Devotionals constitute an important class at BYU that no one should miss. Joy primarily is deep and rich; fun primarily is shallow. In October 1987 Elder Marvin J. Ashton, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke in general conference about spiritual gifts. That is fundamental and foundational to the doctrine of Christ. Finally that was all gone, nothing now but hides were left. Joy primarily pertains to mortality and eternity; fun pertains only to mortality. As recorded in verse 14, the voice of the Lord came to these good people in their affliction and indicated: “And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs.”. 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. David A. Bednar devotional Author Bednar, David A. Bibliographic Information MARC Record Personal Author: Bednar, David A. Russell M. Nelson, “Let Us All Press On,” Ensign, May 2018; emphasis added. . 15. 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). 195). 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. 10. He’s … But with joy wend your way. 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. Once again the enabling power is evident as good people struggle against evil and strive to become even better and serve more effectively “in the strength of the Lord” (Mosiah 9:17). It was one of approximately 11,000 anonymous questions texted to him during the devotional. Elder Andersen also identified many potential situations that would require courageous ministering in a holier way. These are literal, actual spiritual truths. And as His servant and in His name, I promise you will receive the counseling you need from the Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace. We typically do not sing a closing hymn in a devotional, but today we will. Joy primarily is enduring; fun primarily is temporary. Recall the rejoicing of Ammon as he recounted his missionary work among the Lamanites: Behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God. There is help from the Savior for the entire journey of life—from bad to good to better and to change our very nature. Happily Ever After: Lessons from Joseph Smith, Lehi, and the Recent Accounting Scandals, BYU Speeches Please consider carefully the response of King Benjamin’s people to his teachings about the Savior’s Atonement: And now, it came to pass that when king Benjamin had made an end of speaking the words which had been delivered unto him by the angel of the Lord, that he cast his eyes round about on the multitude, and behold they had fallen to the earth, for the fear of the Lord had come upon them. I have been in this arena many, many times. . . The brethren did not murmur, but felt to trust in God. The Aims of a BYU Education (1 March 1995). 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. The Haight-Ashbury district in San Francisco and Telegraph Avenue near the campus of the University of California at Berkeley were two major epicenters of dramatic drug, music, sexual, and cultural revolutions. We made a trial of them. . 16. 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. Here again we see reflected in his request Alma’s understanding of and confidence in the enabling power of the Atonement. 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. You and I in a moment of weakness may cry out, “No one understands. “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). You have entered to learn. 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 also remember how squirmy I and the young woman with whom I attended that fireside were—on our first date. 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