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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Let me describe one final episode related to these three tragic deaths. Our friend lived approximately 35 miles from the hospital and therefore needed the assistance of someone who lived closer to the city.

In a cgrist of ultimate grief, this dear friend reached outward when I likely would have turned inward.

bednag What will this faith lead to? My attention and the attention of the respective families now shifted to funeral arrangements and logistics.

During the course of our telephone conversation and as I listened to both the information being conveyed and the voice of our friend, I gradually became aware of two important things. The Christlike character of this devoted woman was manifested in her immediate and almost instinctive turning outward to attend to the needs of other suffering mothers. Without Jesus’ sublime character there could have been no sublime atonement!

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. After returning home from the area training meeting in Twin Falls, the first question I attempted to answer was “What is character?

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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. This faithful woman was a single mother rearing her only child–her teenage daughter.

May we reach outward when the natural tendency for us is to turn inward. I answered that I would leave immediately.

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 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. A day or so later, in the midst of program planning and detail arranging for the three funerals, I received a phone call from the Relief Society president of my home ward. I then heard one of the most remarkable things I have ever heard in my life. It is interesting to me that one of the central elements of the word character is created by the letters A, C, and T.

It is interesting to note that the overarching and fundamental challenge to the Savior in each of these three temptations is contained in the taunting statement, ” If thou be the Son of God.

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My prayer for each of us is that through our study of this sacred volume of scripture we will more fully come unto Him; more completely become like Him; and more fervently worship, reverence, and adore Him. May we reach outward when the natural tendency for us is to turn inward, I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

The usages I found most relevant, however, relate to “. Recognizing that He Himself was about to intensely and personally experience the absence of both comfort and peace, and charavter a moment when His heart was perhaps troubled and afraid, the Master reached outward and offered to others the very blessings charracter could and would have strengthened Him. 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.

As you know, we will have a closed casket at the funeral. Jesus, who suffered the most, has the most compassion for all of us who suffer so much less. 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 Etymologically there is no relationship between these two words.

Thus, character is demonstrated by looking and reaching outward when the natural and instinctive response is to be self-absorbed and turn inward. Discourses of Brigham Youngp. Thus, the character of Christ is manifested as He reached outward and ministered to one who was suffering–even as He himself was experiencing anguish and torment.

How could He pray for the well-being and unity of others immediately before His own anguish? Rather, we are dependent upon and in need of “the merits, mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah” 2 Nephi 2: How was the Master able to reach outward when a lesser being would have turned inward?


It was a meaningful and memorable time of spiritual enrichment, learning, and edification. When they which were about him saw what would follow, they said unto him, Lord, shall we smite with the sword? I have just returned from the funeral home, and they have helped my daughter to look so lovely again.

She was severely injured and disfigured. As the fallen nature of the world He created pressed in upon Him, how could He focus so totally and so lf upon the conditions and concerns of others? Let me suggest that you and Bbednar 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.

First, this friend’s daughter was one of the young women involved in the accident.

Indeed, it is possible for us as mortals to strive in righteousness to receive the spiritual gifts associated with the capacity to reach outward and appropriately respond to other cyrist who are experiencing the very challenge or adversity that is most immediately and forcefully pressing upon us. How could He pray for the well-being and unity of others immediately before His own anguish?

Interestingly, the additions found in the JST completely change our understanding of this event. 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. 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.

Throughout His mortal ministry, and especially during the events leading up to and including the atoning sacrifice, the Savior of the world turned outward–when the natural man or woman in any of us would have been self-centered and focused inward.