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Elder David A. Bednar: ‘Put On Thy Strength, O Zion’

‘You and I ultimately can choose to be chosen through the righteous exercise of our moral agency’

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Oct. 2, 2022.

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Oct. 2, 2022.

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Elder David A. Bednar: ‘Put On Thy Strength, O Zion’

‘You and I ultimately can choose to be chosen through the righteous exercise of our moral agency’

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Oct. 2, 2022.

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles speaks during the Sunday morning session of the 192nd Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Conference Center in Salt Lake City on Oct. 2, 2022.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke during the Sunday morning session of October 2022 general conference. One can be among both the many called and the few chosen, according to moral agency, he taught. The following is a summary of what he said.

Elder Bednar’s conference talk summary

Jesus’ parable of the royal marriage feast depicts rebellion to the king’s invitation — refusing to attend or being inappropriately attired. Symbolizing God’s call and individual responses, it concludes: “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).

Being chosen is not an exclusive status. “Rather, you and I ultimately can choose to be chosen through the righteous exercise of our moral agency.”

God does not have a list of favorites nor a limit to “the chosen.”

 “Instead, our hearts, our desires, our honoring of sacred gospel covenants and ordinances, our obedience to the commandments, and, most importantly, the Savior’s redeeming grace and mercy determine whether we are counted as one of God’s chosen.”

Each should evaluate temporal and spiritual priorities sincerely and prayerfully to identify what impedes blessings from Heavenly Father and the Savior. “The Holy Ghost will help us to see ourselves as we really are.

“As we appropriately seek for the spiritual gift of eyes to see and ears to hear, I promise that we will be blessed with the capacity and judgment to strengthen our individual covenant connection with the living Lord. We also will receive the power of Godliness in our lives — and ultimately be both called to and chosen for the Lord’s feast.”

Notable quotes from Elder Bednar’s conference talk

You and I ultimately can choose to be chosen through the righteous exercise of our moral agency.

The Holy Ghost will help us to see ourselves as we really are.

As we appropriately seek for the spiritual gift of eyes to see and ears to hear, I promise that we will be blessed with the capacity and judgment to strengthen our covenant connection with the living Lord.

Who is Elder Bednar?

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

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What has Elder Bednar done recently?

Read more of Elder Bednar’s general conference addresses, or follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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