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 great intercessory prayer, offered immediately before Jesus went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron to the Garden of Gethsemane, the Master prayed for His disciples and for all:. Having just sweat great drops of blood from every pore as part of the infinite and eternal Atonement, the Redeemer encountered a multitude:. 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.

I could not believe what I was hearing. It is interesting to note that bexnar overarching and fundamental challenge to the Savior in each of these three temptations is contained in the taunting charactdr, ” If thou be the Son of God.

Early one summer morning I was showering. Little did I realize that the lessons I would learn about Christlike character–lessons taught by seemingly ordinary disciples–were just beginning.

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. I arrived at the hospital and proceeded to the emergency room.

Note His response to the guard as described in verse 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. Brigham Young further taught that faith must be focused upon Jesus’ character, in His Atonement, and in the Father’s plan of salvation:.

My attention and the attention of the respective families now shifted to funeral arrangements and logistics. We can in mortality seek to be blessed with and develop essential elements of a Christlike character.

I faintly heard the nurse telling this faithful mother and friend that the young woman pronounced dead at the scene of the accident had been positively identified as her daughter. But the Savior’s character curist a compassion that was perfect. After properly establishing who I was and my relationship to the victims, I was invited into two different treatment areas to identify the injured young women.


Let me suggest characger you and I must be praying and yearning 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.

Once again the fundamental character of Christ is revealed magnificently in this tender incident. He said, “There would have been no Atonement except for the character of Christ.

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As a witness, I declare my witness. Jesus, who suffered the most, has the most compassion for chrish of us who suffer so much less. If such a capacity is xhrist the ultimate criterion of moral character, then the Savior of the world is the perfect example of such a consistent and charitable character. Because Jesus resisted it perfectly, He understood temptation perfectly, hence He can help us.

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: 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.

However, the Joseph Smith Translation of Matthew 4: Maxwell presided at the training session, and on 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.

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The Lord determines if and when we receive all spiritual gifts, but we must do all in our power to desire and yearn and invite and qualify for such gifts. 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:.

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.

We cannot obtain such a capacity through sheer willpower or personal determination. What enabled Him to seek comfort and peace for those whose need was so much less than His? My wife called to me in the middle of my shower and indicated that I was needed immediately on the telephone. After returning home from the area training meeting in Twin Falls, the first question I attempted to answer was “What is character? 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 I was especially close to this woman and her daughter having served as both their bishop and stake president.


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.

And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: Please note the important differences in verse 11 between the King James version and the Joseph Smith Translation: 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. The statement I quoted earlier from Elder Maxwell provides the answer to each of these powerful questions:.

As we already have 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.

I quickly put on my robe and hurried to the phone. There was urgency in her voice, but there was no panic or excessive alarm. We must let them know as much as we can about the condition of their daughters and that they will soon be off the hospital in Fayetteville. May we reach outward when the natural tendency for us is to turn inward, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Brothers and sisters, it is important for us to recognize that Jesus in the midst of His own challenge recognized and appropriately responded to John–who was experiencing a similar but lesser challenge than that of the Savior’s. Let me describe one final episode related to these three tragic deaths. 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 charadter very blessings that could and would have strengthened Him.