David A. Bednar

October 20, 2021 03:04 PM MDT
Elder David A. Bednar and Elder Gerrit W. Gong encouraged Latter-day Saints to better understand and find common ground with the world's 1.8 billion followers of Islam and introduced a new Church pamphlet.
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October 12, 2021 05:37 PM MDT
"The Holy Ghost is not always going to invite us to do what is easy or convenient. In fact, the Spirit will sometimes send promptings that go exactly counter to what we want to do."
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September 30, 2021 03:05 PM MDT
When you devote 8–10 hours of your weekend to sitting in front of a screen, you want to make sure you get as much out of it as possible, but how can you best prepare for general conference? And when it’s over, how can you best apply its teachings to your life?
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September 28, 2021 04:13 PM MDT
"The roles of both the mind and the heart in personal revelation are crucial, and no simple formulas or recommended action steps can guide us through this rigorous spiritual process."
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By  LDS Living
June 15, 2021 11:00 AM MDT
This story originally ran on LDS Living in June 2018 and has been updated in celebration of Elder Bednar's birthday.
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April 20, 2021 07:59 PM MDT
Elder David A. Bednar was once watching television when he saw some acrobats performing a trick. The acrobats would place a plate on a stick on the arm and start spinning it. Then another stick and plate on the forehead. The acrobats would keep the plates spinning, but Elder Bednar noted something he found fascinating:
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October 14, 2020 08:39 PM MDT
On October 14, 2020, Elder David A. Bednar participated in the G20 Interfaith Forum, a gathering of leaders from all over the world and of different faiths. Elder Bednar’s address focuses on why religion is essential in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The full text of his address is available at Church News.
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August 07, 2020 02:32 PM MDT
Every Monday morning, I eagerly check Newsroom to see what temples will reopen in the coming week. I feel joy for my fellow Saints around the world as the sealing power is once again available in their country in the first phase of reopening. I marvel as I picture missionaries preparing to serve during a pandemic who have the opportunity to receive their endowment before their departure through temples in the second phase of reopening.
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May 14, 2020 12:19 PM MDT
The United Arab Emirates’ Higher Committee of Human Fraternity has called for a special day of service, fasting, and prayer on Thursday, May 14, and Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles voiced support on behalf of all members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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April 21, 2020 04:56 PM MDT
The Church’s temples may have closed worldwide, but blessings are still available to Latter-day Saints everywhere, says Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
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February 13, 2020 01:37 PM MST
Elder David A. Bednar, Elder Dale G. Renlund, and Elder Gary E. Stevenson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will host a training centered on the theme “Ministering to All through Temple and Family History.”
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February 11, 2020 05:00 PM MST
The room was filled with teachers from Seminaries and Institutes, and although Elder David A. Bednar was facilitating the discussion, he pointed to the importance of having the true teacher present.
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September 27, 2019 11:17 AM MDT
Looking out among 15,000 students in the BYU-Idaho Center here on Sunday, Sept. 22, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles moved his finger across the screen of his iPad and read a question.
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September 03, 2019 12:34 PM MDT
The Port-au-Prince Haiti Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been dedicated by Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
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By  LDS Living
July 29, 2019 01:12 PM MDT
“They were angelic!" April Mecham said about the choir of 150 missionaries she led in singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a Houston Astros game.
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June 24, 2019 01:05 PM MDT
"I often emphasize the truth that you do not simply 'find' the marriage you hope to have. Rather, you create it," Elder David A. Bednar recently posted on Instagram. He continues:
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June 17, 2019 01:31 PM MDT
The Oakland California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been rededicated under the direction of President Dallin H. Oaks, first counselor in the First Presidency.
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By  LDS Living
April 26, 2019 10:00 PM MDT
Get to know the current members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve with these books and talks authored by our beloved leaders.
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April 07, 2019 07:11 PM MDT
"The temple is the house of the Lord," Elder David A. Bednar declared as part of his general conference talk Sunday afternoon.
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April 03, 2019 01:37 PM MDT
With all the recent announcements, temple dedications, and Church changes, this conference weekend will only add to the excitement of witnessing the continuation of the restoration in the latter days.
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January 14, 2019 01:53 PM MST
Elders Bednar and Rasband recentlyled the first visitors on a tour through the newly completed Rome Italy Temple, which included political leaders and journalists from across Europe. Both apostles posted about the experience on Facebook, sharing how this new temple of the Lord has impacted them.
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January 14, 2019 01:26 PM MST
More than a decade after it was announced and two millennia after Peter and Paul preached here, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened the doors Monday to its stunning new Rome Italy Temple.
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December 27, 2018 09:32 AM MST
Amidst their world travels andbig Church changes, it's impossible to summarize all the good the prophet and apostles have done this year. But here's a glimpse into some of the most popular and touching stories and messages shared from the Brethren this year.
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By  LDS Living
December 17, 2018 07:36 PM MST
While the Christmas season can be a time of joy for many, for some, it can also be a sad reminder of those who are no longer with us.
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By  LDS Living
November 23, 2018 03:14 PM MST
The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are now using Instagram to share the light of Jesus Christ with millions around the world.
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November 02, 2018 07:09 PM MDT
Conference Talk:
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October 23, 2018 01:22 PM MDT
“Whenever there has been a disaster, you have always shown up,” Florida Governor Rick Scott said about the Church and its members helping with relief efforts following Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
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By  LDS Living
October 23, 2018 11:45 AM MDT
Dating takes work. Marriage takes work. Being a good spouse takes work. And no one is perfect. But sadly, there's a misconception that the perfect spouse or perfect marriage is just out there, waiting. But the truth is, you have to work at being a good spouse and you have to work to create a perfect marriage.
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October 13, 2018 01:00 PM MDT
The principle of prayerful inquiry and the pattern of asking, seeking, and knocking suggest three basic imperatives for each of us as latter-day learners.
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October 09, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
We hear stories of the apostles' childhoods nearly every general conference. Common sense tells us that before they were leaders of the Church, they were little kids who ran and played, dreamed and made mistakes, joked and scraped their knees—just like all of us.
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August 20, 2018 06:00 PM MDT
Elder Neal A. Maxwell was a beloved disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. He served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for 23 years, from 1981 to 2004. The spiritual power of his teachings and his example of faithful discipleship blessed and continue to bless in marvelous ways the members of the Savior’s restored Church and the people of the world.
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By  Yvonne Liu
July 14, 2018 09:10 AM MDT
Choosing an eternal companion is one of the most important decisions to make in this life. However, people fall in love and find their eternal companions in many different ways. Even our beloved prophet and apostles experienced times when they had butterflies in their stomachs and unrestful nights thinking about their significant others. Here are the stories of how our prophet and apostles found their eternal companions.
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July 10, 2018 05:35 PM MDT
“We may not see angels, hear heavenly voices, or receive overwhelming spiritual impressions. We frequently may press forward hoping and praying—but without absolute assurance—that we are acting in accordance with God’s will. But as we honor our covenants and keep the commandments, we can walk with confidence that God will guide our steps," Elder Bednar taught.
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By  Yvonne Liu
May 29, 2018 03:58 PM MDT
After changing my major three times in college, I was sold on journalism as my career goal. However, while I was looking at the job salary for journalists, I realized that I would not be able to save much money in my newly chosen career. My anxiety rose and my mind started spinning. “Should I change my career goal? Is it too late to become a nurse or engineer?” While my brain was filled with fearful thoughts about the future, the advice I’d received from my therapist reminded me that I need to calm down and realize that it was my fear that was creating these doubts in my mind.
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May 12, 2018 09:49 AM MDT
We know the First Presidency and apostles sacrifice much to serve the Lord and members around the world, but sometimes we fail to recognize the women who travel with them, stand beside them, and sacrifice just as much for our Church. Learn a little more about the wives of the apostles.
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February 21, 2018 06:46 PM MST
“Home should be the ultimate combination of time and space wherein individuals and families remember most effectively God’s great and precious promises." —Elder David A. Bednar
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November 30, 2017 06:51 PM MST
“My opportunity to serve all over the earth teaches me a very important lesson — we are all basically the same…because we are sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father,” Elder Bednar said at the Festival of Lights ceremony in Washington D.C.
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October 26, 2017 07:40 PM MDT
Filmed in Libby Gardner Hall, this touching video about the Savior features lyrics written by Elder Bednar and music composed by Paul Cardall along with the vocals of guest tenor Nathan Pacheco, not to mention the Lyceum Philharmonic and two choirs.
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October 09, 2017 11:00 AM MDT
What great insights into how we can relate principles from Elder Bednar's new book into our lives.
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September 28, 2017 05:09 PM MDT
In October 2015, Elder David A. Bednar stood to share a message in general conference that provides comfort, hope, and a sense of purpose to Latter-day Saints who have watched Church leaders endure illness, the effects of old age, and even death. His words stand as a testament that, no matter what our prophet and apostles may experience in mortality, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ stand at the head of this Church. These physical mortal experiences cannot hinder His work. In fact, they are a divine part of it. Here is just a small portion of Elder Bednar's talk, "Chosen to Bear Testimony of My Name."
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September 23, 2017 03:54 PM MDT
As the president of BYU-Idaho, David A. Bednar received a phone call from President Gordon B. Hinckley to meet with him the next day at 3 p.m.—a call that didn't surprise him in the least.
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September 14, 2017 02:26 PM MDT
One of my favorite stories of Elder David A. Bednar was shared by LDS Church News on June 2016:
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September 05, 2017 08:30 AM MDT
People frequently ask me to identify and share some of the important lessons I have learned during my years of service as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Because I am blessed to meet, serve with, and learn from faithful Church members all over the world, the lessons are many and wide-ranging. Over the years, however, the principle and spiritual pattern of one by one has blessed me and influenced my ministry in powerful ways.
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August 26, 2017 01:50 PM MDT
In a 2016 Liahona article, Elder David A. Bednar told a powerful story of John, a Latter-day Saint who received devastating news at 23 years old, just three weeks after his temple marriage. He was diagnosed with bone cancer.
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June 22, 2017 12:15 PM MDT
”This is a land of miracles, a place where the Lord’s hand in preparing the way hasn’t been subtle,” said Elder Robbins. “This is a place where the hand of the Lord has clearly been manifest.”
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By  LDS Living
May 09, 2017 02:33 PM MDT
In the Church, we use the terms "called to serve" and "assigned to labor" often to describe missionary work, but there's a crucial difference between the two phrases.
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By  LDS Living
March 13, 2017 07:43 PM MDT
It can be difficult to feel like our efforts are enough—especially when serving the Lord.
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March 10, 2017 01:43 PM MST
"The divine doctrine of eternal marriage is infused with ennobling and selflessly motivated duties and obligations," Elder Bednar said. "The covenant and responsibilities of marriage provide a sacred context within which we gradually turn from self-centeredness and selfishness to selflessness and service. In marriage, we live not exclusively for ourselves but for our spouses and children and posterity."
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February 11, 2017 04:49 PM MST
Since I was a Beehive, I've received quotes from prophets, lists, and handouts about what we can and can't do on Sunday. While well-intentioned, I'm not sure these lists capture the spirit of what it means to keep the Sabbath day holy.
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January 23, 2017 04:52 PM MST
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.
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By  LDS Living
January 16, 2017 02:47 PM MST
We love these men and the testimonies they bore as Apostles of Jesus Christ, through their actions and their words.
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December 29, 2016 10:25 PM MST
The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve are always busy traveling and visiting members around the world. And this year more than ever we've enjoyed seeing the photos of their travels they have shared with us on Facebook! Here are some of our favorites from the year:
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November 23, 2016 04:18 PM MST
Beginning November 25 and running through January 1, 2017, the Church will begin a Christmas campaign to help people around the world share the Light of the Savior as we celebrate His birth.
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October 30, 2016 10:24 PM MDT
"I know the people of Star Valley are so excited, they are prepared, and they will serve with all their heart, might, mind and strength. They will not take this blessing for granted," Sister Susan Bednar shared about the dedication of a temple in her hometownand the first temple in Wyoming.
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By  LDS Living
October 29, 2016 11:43 AM MDT
Sister Susan Bednar grew up in Star Valley, Wyoming, a place where over 122 years ago Apostle Moses Thatcher prophesieda temple would be built.
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October 21, 2016 05:00 PM MDT
In a new, powerful video series by the Mormon Channel, five Apostles and two female Church leaders speak directly to members who feel ostracized and like they do not belong in the Church.
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By  LDS Living
August 13, 2016 02:30 PM MDT
Ready to grab you backpacks and hit the books as another year of school starts?
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July 04, 2016 02:00 PM MDT
Speaking during the 2016 Seminar for New Mission Presidents, Elder David A. Bednar emphasized: “Please do not fear technology. Please do not take counsel from your fears. Embrace these inspired tools. Learn to use them to proclaim the gospel." Though he was speaking to mission presidents, this counsel powerfully applies to all of us.
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June 03, 2016 02:10 PM MDT
“It is not merely about temporal tactics but about facing spiritual battles. Learn the intent of the enemy. Study as a disciple of Christ with the focus of coming to battle against Lucifer and his legions.”
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