Elder David A. Bednar: ‘We Will Prove Them Herewith’

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Notable quotes:

“The year 2020 has been marked, in part, by a global pandemic that has proved, examined and tried us in many ways. I pray that we as individuals and families are learning the valuable lessons that only challenging experiences can teach us.”
“Now is the time to prepare and prove ourselves willing and able to do all things whatsoever the Lord our God shall command us.”
“I promise that as we both prepare and press forward with faith in the Savior, we all can receive the same grade on the ultimate examination of mortality.”

Summary points:

  • As important as they are in education, tests in the school of mortality are a vital element of eternal progression.
  • Two basic principles can guide and strengthen individuals facing life’s proving and trying circumstances — preparation and pressing forward with a steadfastness in Christ.
  • “The process of proving ourselves is a fundamental part of Heavenly Father’s great plan of happiness.”

Talk summary: 

Tests in “the school of mortality” are a vital element in eternal progression. Scriptural words such as “prove,” “examine” and “try” are used to describe knowledge about, understanding of and devotion to Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness and the Savior’s Atonement.

“The year 2020 has been marked, in part, by a global pandemic that has proved, examined and tried us in many ways. I pray that we as individuals and families are learning the valuable lessons that only challenging experiences can teach us.”

Two basic principles can guide and strengthen individuals facing life’s proving and trying circumstances — preparation and pressing forward with a steadfastness in Christ.

“I invite each of us to ‘consider [our] ways’ (Haggai, 1:5, 7) and ‘examine [ourselves], whether [we] be in the faith; [and] prove [our] own selves’ (2 Corinthians 13:5) What have we learned during these recent months of lifestyle adjustments and restrictions? What do we need to improve in our lives spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually? Now is the time to prepare and prove ourselves willing and able to do all things whatsoever the Lord our God shall command us.”

Faithfulness is “trusting and placing our confidence in Jesus Christ as our Savior, on His name and in His promises. As we ‘press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men’ (2 Nephi 31:20), we are blessed with an eternal perspective and vision that stretches far beyond our limited mortal capacity.”

“I promise that as we both prepare and press forward with faith in the Savior, we all can receive the same grade on the ultimate examination of mortality: ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.’ (Matthew 25:21)

In the news:

About the speaker:

  • Elder David A. Bednar has been a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for nearly 16 years. He was ordained and set apart on Oct. 7, 2004.
  • He served as a full-time missionary in Germany.
  • He and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, were married in the Salt Lake Temple on March 20, 1975. They are the parents of three sons.
  • Elder Bednar currently serves as chairman of the Temple and Family History Executive Council. 

Recently on Social:

  • Elder Bednar expressed his anticipation for October general conference in a Facebook and Instagram post on Sept. 22. Although participation in conference may look different because of the pandemic restrictions, “the opportunity to strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ remains constant and powerful!” he wrote.
  • In an Aug. 28 Instagram post, Elder Bednar shared that he and his wife have become far more cautious in their interactions, they spend more time together as a couple because he is traveling less, and they have given each other haircuts.
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Because of the constraints caused by the current pandemic, Sister Bednar and I have changed some of the basic patterns of our lifestyle in seemingly small ways. For instance, we now give each other haircuts. (The haircuts she gives me are so much better than the ones I give her!) I am traveling less—which enables us to spend more time together as a couple. And we have been very careful in our interactions and activities so that we can visit our family, some of whom are at high risk, without worry of spreading COVID-19. In this time of restrictions and uncertainty, we can find purpose and comfort in the Lord’s declaration: “I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived; for Satan is abroad in the land, and he goeth forth deceiving the nations” (Doctrine and Covenants 52:14). A pattern is a guide or a model. Vital spiritual patterns are evident in the life of the Savior, in the scriptures, and in the teachings of living prophets and apostles. These spiritual patterns are sources of direction and protection for us and are essential in avoiding the deception that is so pervasive in our world today. A powerful pattern the Lord uses to advance His work and to tutor Heavenly Father’s children upon the earth is “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 37:6). Many people in our contemporary world are drawn to promises of big results that occur quickly and all at once, such as instant wealth and health, immediate weight loss, fast hair growth, and a more youthful appearance in just 14 days. In contrast, the Lord accomplishes His work by bringing to pass great things through small and simple means. I believe the most satisfying and memorable accomplishments in our homes, in the Church, in our jobs and professions, and in our communities will be the product of this important spiritual pattern—of simple and small things. We should find great comfort in the fact that ordinary people who faithfully, diligently, and consistently do simple things that are right before God will be blessed in extraordinary ways.

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  • On June 25, Elder Bednar posted on Twitter about a historic broadcast he participated in for the Middle East/Africa North Area, where members are eagerly anticipating and preparing for a new temple in Dubai.
  • After speaking at the BYU Religious Freedom Annual Review on June 17, Elder Bednar posted the following on Facebook: “While believers and their religious organizations must be good citizens in a time of crisis, we cannot allow government officials to treat the exercise of religion as simply ‘nonessential.’”

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  • Elder Bednar posted on Twitter on May 3 that temples “are a point of intersection between heaven and earth.” He wrote, “In a season when we have temporarily suspended temple operations, it is a choice opportunity to invite the covenants and ordinances of the temple to pass through us.”