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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But the Savior’s character activated a compassion that was perfect. Maxwell presided at the training session, and characteg a Friday night and a Saturday morning he, the Idaho Area Presidency, and other general church officers instructed a group of approximately one hundred stake presidents.

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

He said, “There would have been no Atonement except for the character of Characetr. 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.

Thus, character is demonstrated by looking and reaching outward when the natural and instinctive response is to be self-absorbed and turn inward. Consider the scene as Jesus emerged from His awful suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane.

We appropriately and rightly speak with reverence and awe of young men who sacrificed their lives to rescue stranded handcart pioneers and of other mighty men and women who repeatedly gave their all to establish the Church in the early days of the Restoration.

However, the Joseph Smith Translation of Matthew 4: Jesus, who suffered the most, has the most compassion for all of us who suffer so much less. Someone has said only those who resist temptation really understand the power of temptation. 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 than His? In this good woman I detected no self-pity and no turning inward.

She further reported that the identity of the deceased young woman was not yet known. 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. Brigham Young further taught that faith must be focused upon Jesus’ character, in His Atonement, and in the Father’s plan of salvation:. 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.

I find myself repeatedly asking the following questions as I ponder this and other events that took place so close to the Savior’s suffering in the garden and His betrayal: The New Testament is replete with “strikingly displayed” examples of the Savior’s character.

Bednqr, this friend’s daughter was one of the young women involved in the accident. I could not believe what I was hearing. 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 “. And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and cnrist that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew unto Jesus to kiss him.

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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. We can in mortality seek to be blessed with and develop essential elements of a Christlike character. Thus, Satan attempted repeatedly to attack Jesus’ understanding of who He was and of His relationship with His Father.

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. And, undoubtedly, Jesus would have benefitted from and been blessed by such a heavenly ministration in a time of physical and spiritual need. Without Jesus’ sublime character there could have been no sublime atonement! The usages I found most relevant, however, relate to “.


I was listening to this good woman in the very moment that she learned of the death of her precious daughter. 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 Please note the important differences in verse 11 between the King James version and the Joseph Smith Translation: We can in mortality seek to be blessed with and develop essential elements of a Christlike character.

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

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Jesus, who suffered the most, has the most compassion for all of us who suffer so much less. I quickly put on my robe and hurried to the phone. During the course of his teaching and testifying, Elder Maxwell made a statement that impressed me deeply and has been the recent focus for much of my studying, reflecting, and pondering. 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 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.

Interestingly, when we look up the word “character” in the topical guide of our scriptures, we discover that it is cross-referenced to the topics of honesty, honor, and integrity.

Journal of DiscoursesVol. I conclude now by returning to where I began–the statement by Elder Maxwell in that special training session last September: 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?