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Elder David A. Bednar: ‘Abide in Me, and I in You; Therefore, Walk With Me’

I testify the Savior’s promise to abide in us is true and available to every covenant-keeping member of His restored Church’

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke during the Sunday afternoon session of April 2023 general conference. He taught how one can learn and come to abide in Jesus Christ. The following is a summary of what he said.

Elder Bednar’s talk summary

Jesus Christ extends to all the same invitation He extended to the prophet Enoch: “Abide in me, and I in you; therefore walk with me” (Moses 6:34). “The word ‘abide’ denotes remaining fixed or stable and enduring without yielding.”

Abiding in Christ is remaining firm and steadfast in devotion to the Redeemer and His holy purposes, taking upon one’s self His yoke through covenants and ordinances, strengthening one’s covenant bond with the Father and the Son, feasting upon the words of Christ, preparing to participate in the sacrament and serving God’s children. 

In the Book of Mormon, Alma compared the word to a seed that must be planted and nourished — “the word” being the life, mission and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ (see Alma 33:22-23). “My beloved brothers and sisters, is the word in us? Are the truths of the Savior’s gospel written in the fleshy tables of our hearts?”

To walk in and with the Savior is to obey God’s commandments and remember and honor the covenants that connect one to the Father and the Son. “If we abide in Him, He will abide in us. And as we walk in and with Him, we will be blessed to bring forth much fruit.”

Notable quotes

“We abide in Christ as we are firm and steadfast in our devotion to the Redeemer and His holy purposes, in times both good and bad.”

“I testify the Savior’s promise to abide in us is true and available to every covenant-keeping member of His restored Church.”

“I testify that as we press forward in faith and walk in the meekness of the Lord’s spirit, we are blessed with power, guidance, protection and peace.”

See the full text of Elder Bednar’s talk: ‘Abide in Me, and I in You; Therefore Walk with Me’

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 | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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