As you recall, Nephi desired to see and hear and know the things his father, Lehi, had seen in the vision of the tree of life (see 1 Nephi 8). Del Quórum de los Doce Apóstoles. Third, it helps us find and bring forth the good that may be concealed in others. Official Facebook page for Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Haight responded in a voice that was both firm and appropriate and said, “President, I must stand!”. Thus when we are quick to observe, we promptly look or notice and obey. Each of us can and should strive to be worthy of this significant spiritual gift—even the capacity of being quick to observe. Reverence for the Sabbath day and the importance of respect and appropriate demeanor and dress took on added importance in the ministry of the stake president. First, as we “read under the surface,” discernment helps us detect hidden error and evil in others. Elder David A. Bednar: “I hope you also are learning about and becoming quick to observe. I believe that this gift when highly developed arises largely out of an acute sensitivity to impressions—spiritual impressions, if you will—to read under the surface as it were, to detect hidden evil, and more importantly to find the good that may be concealed. In my study of the Book of Mormon I have been especially impressed with a particular description of Mormon, the principal compiler of the Nephite record. It was the last board meeting in which Elder Haight ever participated. . [Mormon 1:1–5; emphasis added]. Both of these fundamental elements—looking and obeying—are essential to being quick to observe. Talks by David A. Bednar. As Alma taught his son Helaman, “See that ye take care of these sacred things, yea, see that ye look to God and live” (Alma 37:47). She and I have been anxiously engaged in university life for more than 30 years, and we love the young people of the Church. 11 Oct 2005 Inaugural Luncheon Remarks BYUI Miscellaneous Address. A simple gift that blesses us individually and in our families and extends blessings to so many other people. [1 Nephi 8:23]. The stake president was quick to observe. Before attending her sacrament meetings, Sister Bednar frequently prays for the spiritual eyes to see those who have a need. And Mormon, even in his youth, is described as being “quick to observe” (Mormon 1:2). I hope on that occasion I was quick to observe a powerful lesson about the dignity and the humility that should always attend our prayers. President Hinckley serves as the chair of that board. David A. Bednar was named received the Burlington Northern Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and twice was honored with the Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Business Administration at the University of Arkansas. Another seemingly simple and perhaps underappreciated spiritual gift—the capacity of being “quick to observe” (Mormon 1:2)—is vitally important for you and for me in the world in which we do now and will yet live. 218 University Press Building The young man was quick to observe that the young woman was not quick to observe. In 2005, David A. Bednar gave a talk at Brigham Young University entitled “Quick to Observe.” He pointed out that the word observe has two main meanings: “to notice” and “to obey.” A person who is quick to observe will see what needs to be done and will promptly do it. Let me now address the question of why the spiritual gift of being quick to observe is so vital for us in the world in which we do now and will yet live. All of us have learned important lessons from the central characters in … In his message Elder Ashton detailed and described a number of less conspicuous spiritual gifts—attributes and abilities that many of us might not have considered being spiritual gifts. One use denotes “to look” or “to see” or “to notice”—as we learn in Isaiah 42:20: “Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not” (emphasis added). As we integrate the teachings of Presidents Cannon and Richards, we learn that the gift of discernment operates basically in four major ways. Reverence for the Sabbath day and the importance of respect and appropriate demeanor and dress took on added importance in the ministry of the stake president. I have a dear friend who served as a stake president. Your future success and happiness will in large measure be determined by this spiritual capacity. By David A. Bednar (BA ’76) in the Fall 2005 Issue. After several attempts to rise to his feet, President Hinckley courteously said, “David, it is all right”—suggesting, I believe, that it was permissible for Elder Haight to remain in his chair and offer the prayer. I presume that some of you might have difficulty with my last example. And we can only hope to obtain the supernal gift of discernment and its light of protection and direction if we are quick to observe. Blessed with these spiritual gifts, we will not lose our way; we will not wander off; we will not be lost. . ) The spiritual gift of being quick to observe has enabled her to see and to act promptly and has been a great blessing in the lives of many people. One use denotes “to look” or “to see” or “to notice”—as we learn in Isaiah 42:20: “Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not” (emphasis added). Thus the spiritual gift of discernment is not exclusively about discerning other people and situations, but, as President Cannon taught, it is also about discerning things as they really are within us. The mists of darkness described in the vision represent the temptations of the devil which blind the eyes of the children of men and lead them into broad roads so that they are lost (see 1 Nephi 12:17). In these latter days you and I can press forward safely and successfully through the mist of darkness and have a clear sense of spiritual direction. The teachings of Presidents Cannon and Richards concerning the power of discernment to detect hidden evil and to identify good that may be concealed become even more important to you and to me in light of a specific element of Lehi’s vision. Now please pay particular attention to verse 23 in 1 Nephi 8, and let us liken this scripture to our day and the challenges we face in an increasingly wicked world: “And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost.”. “Quick to Observe” [To Watch A Video Of This Talk Click Header] DAVID A. BEDNAR David A. Bednar was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when this devotional address was given at Brigham Young University on 10 May 2005. We can only hope to obtain that supernal gift of discernment and its light of protection and direction if we are quick to observe—if we both look and obey. Quick to Observe. In his message Elder Ashton detailed and described a number of less conspicuous spiritual gifts—attributes and abilities that many of us might not have considered being spiritual gifts. Perhaps you are bothered because the example focuses upon a young woman who failed to respond to prophetic counsel instead of upon a young man. And we can hope to obtain the supernal gift of discernment and its light of protection and direction only if we are quick to observe. Brothers and sisters, that same truth applies to you and to me! The young man waited patiently over a period of time for the young woman to remove her extra earrings, but she did not take them out. I have a husband hat. Now, the gift of discerning of spirits not only gives men and women who have it the power to discern the spirit with which others may be possessed or influenced, but it gives them the power to discern the spirit which influences themselves. David Allan Bednar (born June 15, 1952) is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). . He will do anything for Gordo, say anything, etc. “Quick to Observe” Elder David A. Bednar Quorum of the Twelve Apostles This was a devotional address given at Brigham Young University on 10 May 2005. For example, Elder Ashton highlighted the gifts of asking; of listening; of hearing and using a still, small voice; of being able to weep; of avoiding contention; of being agreeable; of avoiding vain repetition; of seeking that which is righteous; of looking to God for guidance; of being a disciple; of caring for others; of being able to ponder; of bearing mighty testimony; and of receiving the Holy Ghost (see Marvin J. Ashton, “There Are Many Gifts,” Ensign, November 1987, 20–22). , amen I felt as I speak with you about essential spiritual truths,. 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