Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What They Said–Elder David A Bednar

 

Talk: Elder David A Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

The Powers of Heaven

  • How would you respond to the following question: state in one sentence or phrase, the most distinguishing feature of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • The divine authority of the priesthood
  • Priesthood is the authority of God delegated to man on the Earth
  • There can be no true church without divine authority
  • Worthiness and willingness are the prerequisites for priesthood authority
  • “We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.” (Fifth Article of Faith)
  • Nothing about the priesthood is self centered, it is always used to serve, bless, and strengthen other people.
  • The priesthood is inherently active rather than passive.
  • To receive priesthood authority but not do what is necessary for priesthood power is unacceptable to the Lord
  • “Accordingly, in order to break the covenant we need only do nothing.” (Spencer W. Kimball)
  • Touching story about his non-member father
  • Men who bear God's holy priesthood should be different from other men. Men who hold the priesthood are not inherently better than other men but they should act differently. They should become worthy and faithful conduits of God's power.
  • Receiving the authority of the priesthood is an important beginning, but it is not enough.
  • As a young priesthood leader Elder Bednar would ask women what he could do to help them, their response was "Please help my husband understand his responsibility as the patriarch and priesthood leader in our home."