Something Remarkable: Testimonies of the Blessings, James E. Faust, Jan Pinborough, and Michael Finlinson Moody, Lessons from the Old Testament: Coming of Age, Lessons from the Old Testament: My Father’s Last Words, Family Home Evening Helps: Homemade Games, Tabernacle Choir, Orchestra Celebrate Christmas in August, Annual First Presidency Christmas Devotional Set, Church Releases Plans for Downtown Salt Lake, Three New Pamphlets Help Teach about Church, “Quick to Observe,” Ensign, Dec. 2006, 30–36. 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. President George Q. Cannon, who served as a counselor to four presidents of the Church, taught powerfully about the gift of discernment: One of the gifts of the Gospel which the Lord has promised to those who enter into covenant with Him is the gift of discerning of spirits—a gift which is not much thought of by many and probably seldom prayed for; yet it is a gift that is of exceeding value and one that should be enjoyed by every Latter-day Saint. . Quick to observe. At the conclusion of the June 2004 board of trustees meeting, President Hinckley called upon Elder David B. Haight to offer the benediction. 40Go and Bring Them In LARENE PORTER GAUNT AND LINDA DEKKER The rescue of pioneers stranded by the early snows of 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. Discerning is seeing with spiritual eyes and feeling with the heart—seeing and feeling the falsehood of an idea or the goodness in another person. Prompt to watch and to obey. Speaking during the weekly BYU devotional in Provo, Utah, Elder Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve asked students to think about an "underappreciated spiritual gift — the capacity of being quick to observe." For a plausible relationship between Ammaron and Mormon, see Gardner, Second Witness, 6:48. . I have a dear friend who served as a stake president. It often is the case that as soon as the “amen” is spoken in the benediction, she will talk with a teenager or hug a sister or, upon returning home, immediately pick up the phone and make a call. Por el élder David A. Bednar. Please note that the root word observe is used three times in these verses. … We ought to be grateful every day of our lives for this sense which keeps alive a conscience which constantly alerts us to the dangers inherent in wrongdoers and sin.”2. I frequently have heard President Boyd K. Packer, Acting President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, counsel members and priesthood leaders, “If all you know is what you see with your natural eyes and hear with your natural ears, then you will not know very much.” His observation should help all of us to appropriately desire and seek these spiritual gifts. Third, it helps us find and bring forth the good that may be concealed in others. [Mormon 1:1–5; emphasis added]. The specific depiction of this noble prophet to which I would direct our attention is contained in the first five verses of the first chapter of Mormon: “And now I, Mormon, make a record of the things which I have both seen and heard, and call it the Book of Mormon. By David A. Bednar (BA ’76) in the Fall 2005 Issue. 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. Please note that the root word observe is used three times in these verses. And when Sister Bednar receives such an impression, she promptly responds and obeys. En octubre de 1987, el élder Marvin J. Ashton, en aquel entonces miembro del Quórum de los Doce Apóstoles, habló en la conferencia general acerca de los dones espirituales. 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). Can we recognize how crucial this spiritual gift is in our lives today and how being quick to observe is a powerful invitation for the blessings of discernment? President Stephen L Richards (1879–1959), who served as a counselor to President David O. McKay, has provided additional instruction about the nature and blessings of discernment: “First, I mention the gift of discernment, embodying the power to discriminate … between right and wrong. Jerreld L. Newquist (1987), 156–57. Home / Sunday Fireside / Alan Maynes- Awake/ Elder David A. Bednar- Quick To Observe November 17, 2020 / Sunday Fireside Alan Maynes- Awake/ Elder David A. Bednar- Quick To Observe 30Quick to Observe ELDER DAVID A. BEDNAR Great blessings result from being quick to notice the spiritual significance of influences and events in our lives and quick to obey commandments and spiritual promptings. I have long been fascinated by the nature of the interaction between the Spirit of the Lord and Nephi found in chapters 11 through 14 of 1 Nephi. At the age of 97, Elder Haight had some difficulty as he tried to stand and offer the prayer. 1 Oct 2005 Becoming a Missionary General Conference. I have described only a few of the spiritually significant things Nephi saw. Can we recognize how crucial this spiritual gift is in our lives today and how being quick to observe is a powerful invitation for the blessings of discernment? He could not be deceived with the sophistries of the world. The spiritual ability to see, hear, remember, and act upon that lesson was a great blessing in his life—and in the lives of many others. The issue was not earrings! You may believe the young man was too judgmental or that basing an eternally important decision, even in part, upon such a supposedly minor issue is silly or fanatical. The strait and narrow path came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree (see 1 Nephi 8:20). In October 1987 Elder Marvin J. Ashton, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, spoke in general conference about spiritual gifts. The issue was not earrings! Bednar and Dieter F. Uchtdorf were called to fill the vacancies created by the July 2004 deaths of quorum members David B. Haight and Neal A. Maxwell; As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Bednar is accepted by the church as a prophet, seer, and revelator; He … And Mormon, even in his youth, is described as being “quick to observe.” As you study and learn and grow, I hope you also are learning about and becoming quick to observe. I shall never forget the spirit I felt as I listened to Elder Haight pray. . An educator by profession, Bednar was also president of Brigham Young University–Idaho from 1997 to 2004.. Bednar was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve on October 2, 2004, the youngest man named to that body since … Prompt to watch and to obey. This morning I want to talk with you about another seemingly simple and perhaps underappreciated spiritual gift—the capacity of being “quick to observe.” I will also attempt to explain why appropriately seeking for this blessing is vitally important for you and for me in the world in which we do now and will yet live. 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. View Notes - Bednar_David_05_2005 Quick to Observe from STDEV 358 at Brigham Young University. 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). Now before I continue, I presume that some of you might have difficulty with my last example. Quick to Observe | David A. Bednar We ought to seek out the gift of discernment, which makes us quick to observe right from wrong, the needs of others, and the … When he turns 24, he is to go to the land Antum, into a place called Shim, and there he will find all the records Ammaron has hid up unto the Lord. One final example. The patriarch in the stake over which he presided had experienced some health challenges and was unable to perform in his calling. President Hinckley serves as the chair of that board. Discerning is hearing with spiritual ears and feeling with the heart—hearing and feeling the unspoken concern in a statement or the truthfulness of a testimony or doctrine. I have a dear friend who served as a stake president. The gift of discernment opens to us vistas that stretch far beyond what can be seen with natural eyes or heard with natural ears. Before attending her sacrament meetings, Sister Bednar frequently prays for the spiritual eyes to see those who have a need. I invoke His blessing upon each of you—that you may desire to be and become quick to observe and truly discerning. He both heard and felt the lesson, and he applied it. Being Quick to Observe Is Vital Today. Elder David A. Bednar addressed BYU students May 10 about the need to "become quick to observe and be truly discerning." Oh, what a blessing and a source of protection and direction is the spiritual gift of discernment! 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. Interestingly, 13 times in these chapters the Spirit of the Lord directed Nephi to “look” as a fundamental feature of the learning process. The second use of the word observe suggests “to obey” or “to keep”—as is evident in the Doctrine and Covenants: “But blessed are they who have kept the covenant and observed the commandment, for they shall obtain mercy” (D&C 54:6; emphasis added). And when Sister Bednar receives such an impression, she promptly responds and obeys. I repeat again for emphasis the truth that discernment is a light of protection and direction in a world that grows increasingly dark. You may want to study these chapters in greater depth and learn from and about Nephi’s learning. Being quick to look and obey opens the doors to spiritual insight. 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. 11 Oct 2005 Inaugural Luncheon Remarks BYUI Miscellaneous Address. As used in the scriptures, the word observe has two primary uses. He cared for her very much, and he was desirous of making his relationship with her more serious. 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. Each of us can and should strive to be worthy of this significant spiritual gift—even the capacity of being quick to observe. Quick to Observe. © Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. In Conference Report, Apr. 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. In Mormon 1 we find the powerful phrase: “Quick to observe.” When Mormon was only ten years old, Ammaron, the keeper of the Nephite records came to him and said, “I perceive that thou art a sober child, and art quick to observe” (Mormon 2:8). Discernment is so much more than recognizing right from wrong. On Wednesday, Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, addressed the 2020 virtual version of the G20 Interfaith Forum. Observing and discerning also enable us to assist others who are seeking to obtain the path and who desire to press forward with steadfastness in Christ. In private life this gift is of great importance to the Latter-day Saints. We can hope to obtain that supernal gift of discernment and its light of protection and direction only if we are quick to observe—if we both look and obey. Your future success and happiness will in large measure be determined by this spiritual capacity. . He both heard and felt the lesson, and he applied it. 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. Oh, what a blessing and a source of protection and direction is the spiritual gift of discernment! The young man was 'quick to observe' that the young woman was not 'quick to observe.' . 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. As we integrate the teachings of Presidents Cannon and Richards, we learn that the gift of discernment operates basically in four major ways. 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. Nephi repeatedly was counseled to look, and because he was quick to observe, he beheld the tree of life (see 1 Nephi 11:8), the mother of the Savior (see 1 Nephi 11:20), the rod of iron (see 1 Nephi 11:25), and the Lamb of God, the Son of the Eternal Father (see 1 Nephi 11:21). First, as we “read under the surface,” discernment helps us detect hidden error and evil in others. In the vision various groups of individuals were pressing forward that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree of life (see 1 Nephi 8:21). Please consider the significance of this important spiritual gift. Much like faith precedes the miracle, much like baptism by water comes before the baptism by fire...so being quick to observe is a prerequisite to and a preparation for the gift of discernment. All of us have learned important lessons from the central characters in the Book of Mormon. He was considering and hoping for engagement and marriage. Often as she observes the brothers and sisters and children in the congregation, she will feel a spiritual nudge to visit with or make a phone call to a particular person. in David A. Bednar , Observe . He will do anything for Gordo, say anything, etc. Talks by David A. Bednar. 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. I invoke His blessing upon each of you—that indeed you may desire to be and become quick to observe and truly discerning. I have a husband hat. . They are able to detect a false spirit and also to know when the Spirit of God reigns within them. I repeat again for emphasis the truth that discernment is a light of protection and direction in a world that grows increasingly dark. Quick to Observe. We ought to be grateful every day of our lives for this sense which keeps alive a conscience which constantly alerts us to the dangers inherent in wrongdoers and sin. A simple gift that blesses us individually and in our families and extends blessings to so many other people. Both of these fundamental elements—looking and obeying—are essential to being quick to observe. Much like faith precedes the miracle, much like baptism by water comes before the baptism by fire, much like gospel milk should be digested before gospel meat, much like clean hands can lead to a pure heart, and much like the ordinances of the Aaronic Priesthood are necessary before a person can receive the higher ordinances of the Melchizedek Priesthood, so being quick to observe is a prerequisite to and a preparation for the gift of discernment. In October 1987 Elder Marvin J. Ashton, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, spoke in general conference about spiritual gifts. And for you and for me, discernment is a light of protection and direction in a world that grows increasingly dark. All of us have learned important lessons from the central characters in … The strait and narrow path came along by the rod of iron, even to the tree. As we read about and study the lives of Nephi, Laman, Alma, King Noah, Moroni, and many others, we discover things we should and should not do, and we realize more completely the kinds of people we should and should not become. Your future success and happiness will in large measure be determined by this spiritual capacity.” “As used in the scriptures, the word observe has two primary uses. President George Q. 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