The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Elder Bednar Speaks about Being an Apostle

Elder David A. Bednar answers questions about his experiences as a special witness of the name of Christ.

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Elder David A. Bednar was sustained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 2, 2004. After being sustained, he joined the group of 15 men who hold the same priesthood keys and responsibilities that Peter, James, and John held.

Many in the Church are curious about these men. In an interview titled “Special Witnesses of the Name of Christ,” published in the Religious Educator, Elder Bednar discusses his calling and responsibilities.

He talks about how he felt when he was called to sit in council with his “spiritual heroes and mentors.” He discusses how he felt when he was expected “to act, to participate, and to render judgment as if [he] had always been there.”

Elder Bednar describes how remarkable the interactions are between these men. Though they are very different men with various backgrounds and temperament, they are somehow able to find unity in purpose and work “to the heart of any issue.”

In this interview, Elder Bednar addresses many important and interesting issues. He explains, for example, that Apostles receive revelation much as others do: line upon line, precept upon precept.

He also discusses how members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles responded after the terrorist attack of 9/11 (see below).

Underlying everything he talks about, Elder Bednar states that the work he and the other Apostles are embarked on is the Lord’s work and that it cannot fail.

Read Elder Bednar’s full interview, “Special Witnesses of the Name of Christ.

Source: Religious Studies Center

—Jessica Staples, Mormon Insights

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One Comment

  1. I love that Elder Bednar discusses how the apostles also receive revelation line upon line, just like we normally do. Sometimes I’m impatient with how long it takes for me to receive answers to my prayers. THe prophet and the apostles have many important things to decide with the Lord’s help and it’s comforting to know that the Lord often makes them wait for revelation as well.

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