Sunday, December 09, 2007

Elder Bednar

This weekend we had our Stake Conference and we were fortunate enough to have Elder Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles come and speak to us. I am not able to put into words the profound impact this weekend has had in my life. Friday night was a fireside for young adults 18-30 years old both single and married. Elder Bednar stood at the pulpit and after a brief introduction, he opened the floor up to questions. When does this ever happen? Of course you never know what you are going to get with YSA's (think testimony meetings), and some of the questions were a little, well, off. However the majority of the questions were relevant to anyone's life and every answer he gave offered guidance to most everyone who was there. Especially me. Chad's favorite questions were those asked about Elder Bednar's life and offered insight into how an Apostle is shaped. His parenting advice was fascinating and he cited Christ as his inspiration. He pointed out that Christ is paradoxically both demanding and loving and that is the way we should be as parents.

Chad was fortunate enough to attend all 5 of Elder Bednar's meetings over this weekend, but Della and I were able to actually meet him. My Grandma is the Stake Relief Society President and had prepared a dinner for Elder Bednar and the Stake Presidency between sessions. I went into the kitchen to feed Della and was visiting with my Grandma when Elder Bednar walked in to thank the women for all of their work. He went right over to us and asked me what the Della's name was. He then told me that he had 3 sons and no daughters however now that his sons were grown they all had daughters. He went on to say that his favorite thing to do is to feed his granddaughters ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I heard Elder Neal A. Maxwell speak at Women's Conference at BYU and President Gordon B. Hinckley speak at the Newport Beach Temple Celebration, but I have never been in such an intimate setting with an Apostle offering council inspired to the people in my area. We have been so blessed to have had this experience.


Amanda said...

Wow, what an amazing experience for you. Elder Bednar came to our Stake conference three years ago and held a question and answer fireside as well. There were two things he said there that I think about all the time. First, someone asked how you can find balance in your life and he replied that there is no such thing and that you just have to constantly reexamine your life to find out what need "tweaking." Second, someone said that the only way they feel like they're progressing is after they've regressed. He talked about how there's progress in consistency and there's only enough room for one drop of oil a day in our lamps and we can't cram a gallon in at a time. He told the story of his sons and trying to get them to read scriptures as a family and he doesn't think his sons remember one point of doctrine discussed, but they do remember that they did it everyday.

I heart Elder Bednar.

Kimberly Bluestocking said...

Phillip and I were at the Friday fireside, too. I love the way the Lord teaches His Gospel with such simplicity and power through His apostles.

The lessons from that night that impacted me the most were: 1) If you're trying to live right, the Lord will never leave you alone, and 2) Faith is a principle of action and power. In other words, answers to prayer tend to involve us sincerely praying, then getting up and taking ACTION to the best of our knowledge. As we do that, the Lord gives us guidance bit by bit.