Our 11 Favorite Mormon Moments from 2016

Elder Bednar Writes Beautiful New Song with Paul Cardall

In 2014, shortly after Paul Cardall performed at the missionary department’s Fall social, Elder David A. Bednar pulled the pianist aside, asking if Cardall wanted to join him for a new project.

“He pulled me aside and mentioned he had a song in him but he didn't know how to get it out and would I be interested in helping him,” Cardall shares. 

That night was the genesis of a new song, one that focuses on the Savior’s ministry—and the ministry of His chosen apostles and missionaries—to each person individually.

“’The Lord rescues each of us, one by one. His apostles look for opportunities to teach and serve, one by one,’ he taught me,” Cardall recalls. “In a way, he was mentoring me in a one by one experience.”

For Cardall, the chance to work with an apostle of God has been “an ongoing, life-changing, sacred experience. Without sounding awkward or disrespectful, I have to tell you, Elder Bednar is really cool. He is so down to earth and gets it. He knows what is going on.”

Elder Bednar and Paul Cardall’s new song, “One by One,” is featured on Cardall’s newest CD, A New Creation, which released September 16.

The Powerful Story Behind the Choir Member Who Cried at Conference

In the Saturday morning session of April general conference, Church members across the world were moved when the image of a Mormon Tabernacle Choir member, tears streaming down his face, came across their TV screens.

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Image a screenshot from YouTube.

After conference weekend and a flurry of social media posts about that touching moment, LDS Daily sat down with the choir member, C. David Belt, to ask him about the experience. 

“Every time I sing with the Choir, I am so very profoundly grateful," he shared. "I am amazed that, out of all the very talented people out there who would love to sing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, I get to stand before my Maker and sing His praises with this marvelous group of people.”

But this conference, his 19th, was something special. “Elder Renlund had just told that story about the Aaronic priesthood administering the sacrament for one person, and that the Savior performed the Atonement for each of us individually," Belt said. "I began to weep as soon as the song began. I love songs about the grace of Jesus Christ, how He paid for my sins. It’s very personal to me. We had just sung, 'He to rescue me from danger interposed His precious blood.' He paid for MY sins, for ME. Then we sang, 'Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love! Here’s my heart. Oh, take and seal it. Seal it for Thy courts above.'

"I love my Savior and I am so very grateful for what He did for me. Songs like that one really touch me. . . . I pray that I will be able to help someone in some small way. I’m just one of 360 voices, and we all love the Lord and love to sing His praises.”

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