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Elder David A. Bednar: ‘In the Path of Their Duty’

‘You who today are pressing forward in the path of your duty are the strength of the Savior’s restored Church’

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke during the Saturday morning session of October 2023 general conference. He expressed his love, admiration and gratitude for Latter-day Saints worldwide and described examples of those who are pressing forward “in the path of their duty.” The following is a summary of what he said.

Elder Bednar’s talk summary

Millions of Latter-day Saints are coming unto the Savior and pressing forward on the covenant path in “the last wagons” of their contemporary wagon trains. “Behold that the more part of them are in the path of their duty, and they do walk circumspectly before God, and they do observe to keep his commandments and his statutes” (Helaman 15:5).

The phrase “in the path of their duty” could describe those who sit next to people who are alone; those who support a companion, parent or child who serves in a Church leadership position; those who are humbly returning to God; and those who yearn to become yoked to the Savior through covenants and ordinances but may be prohibited by factors beyond their control. It could also include translators and interpreters, married couples having children, married couples trusting God when righteous desires are not realized, Nursery leaders and Primary teachers, children caring for aged parents, Church members who arrive early and stay late to set up, and individuals who share the gospel.

“They of the last wagon, all who are no less serviceable, and you who today are pressing forward in the path of your duty are the strength of the Savior’s restored Church.”

Notable quotes

“Your strong faith in Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and your unpretentious, consecrated lives inspire me to be a better man and disciple.”

“I promise your personal anguish will be relieved and your obedience and faithfulness to patiently submit your will to God will be rewarded in ‘the own due time of the Lord.’”

“They of the last wagon, all who are no less serviceable, and you who today are pressing forward in the path of your duty are the strength of the Savior’s restored Church.” 

See the full text of Elder Bednar’s talk: ‘In the Path of Their Duty’

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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