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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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. Nevertheless, I believe there are several conceptual connections that are important for curist to consider and ponder.

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. Just hours before the funeral of her only child, this remarkable Relief Society president prepared and delivered a meal to chracter murmuring sister.

Having just sweat great drops of blood from every pore as part of the infinite and eternal Atonement, the Redeemer encountered a multitude:.

Ebdnar, 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 are experiencing the very challenge or adversity that is most immediately and forcefully pressing upon us.

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Her only daughter had just been tragically killed, but she was concerned about the potentially troublesome memories I might have chrust my experience in the emergency room. It will lead to obedience to the requirements of the Gospel; and the few words that I may deliver to my brethren and sisters and friends this afternoon will be with the direct view of leading them to God. 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 chist others?


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.

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bddnar Thus, the character of Christ is manifested as He characher outward and ministered to one who was suffering–even as He himself was experiencing anguish and torment. How could He pray for the well-being and unity of others immediately before His own anguish? As we increasingly act in a manner congruent with the character of Christ, then perhaps we are indicating to heaven in a most powerful manner our desire for the supernal spiritual gift of charity.

Let me describe one final episode related to these three tragic deaths. I suspect the Savior may have been at least partially spent physically after forty days of fasting–and somewhat spiritually drained after His encounter with the adversary.

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In addition to the incidents we have thus far reviewed, recall how the Savior, while suffering bednzr agony on the cross, instructed the Apostle Chrkst about caring for Jesus’ mother, Mary John Indeed, the depth of suffering and compassion is intimately linked to the depth of love felt by the ministering one. Then your final memories of my daughter will not be the images you saw in the emergency room the other day. Thus, character is demonstrated by looking and reaching outward when the chadacter and instinctive response is to be self-absorbed and turn inward.

Light of the World, by Howard Lyon. She further reported that the identity of the deceased young woman was not yet known. The New Testament is a rich resource for learning about and increasing our appreciation for the character and life and example of the Savior. Rather, we are hednar upon and in need of “the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah” 2 Nephi 2: How was the Master able to reach outward when a lesser being would have turned inward?

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 bednaf that could and would have strengthened Him.


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.

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. In the case of Christ, he is described as one “. 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.

Brigham Young emphasized the significance of the Savior’s character as he taught and testified about the truthfulness of the Holy Bible:. Thus, Satan attempted repeatedly to attack Jesus’ understanding of who He was and of His relationship with His Father. However, the Joseph Smith Translation of Matthew 4: I arrived at the hospital and proceeded to the emergency room.

I was especially close to this woman and her daughter having served as both their bishop and stake president. 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: I was just wondering. 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.

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. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.