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Second Break from Elder Bednar: Stars, scriptures, questions
November 2, 2022
REXBURG, Idaho – For the second time in so many worship services with young adults in Utah and Idaho, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles interrupted his instructions for a “break” – this time inviting participants to reflect on the majesty of God’s creatures with scripture and three follow-up questions.
During his last such break – Sunday, October 30, evening service at Brigham Young University in Idaho – Elder Bednar took his listeners on a virtual journey to the stars and the heavens as they viewed the stunning newest images of the universe from the James Webb Space Telescope and heard an apparition at last days, given to the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Nine weeks earlier, he presented the first part of his two-character series on the statement that “it is unreasonable to say that faith in Jesus Christ is unreasonable.” During an August 28 event, held at the University of Utah’s Institute of Religion in Salt Lake City, Elder Bednar also announced a hiatus.
In both cases, the middle pause in devotion provided a change of pace while teaching additional vital facts. Elder Bednar emphasized that Joseph Smith was the Lord’s instrument in revealing “the truly innovative and revolutionary religious teachings in the dispensation of the fullness of time.”
During his “Part 2” service in BYU-Idaho, images from the Webb telescope were displayed at the BYU-Idaho Center while participants listened to the scriptures from the Book of Moses in Pearl of Great Price and two chapters of Doctrine and Covenants.
“I am Lord God Almighty and my name is Endless. …
“And I created countless worlds; … And I created them through the Son who is my only begotten ”(Moses 1: 3, 33).
“He… ascended on high as well as descended under all things to understand everything, that He might be in everything and through everything, the light of truth. …
“Which light comes from the presence of God to fill the vastness of space –
“The light that is in all that gives life to all things, which is the law that governs everything, even by the power of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 88: 6, 12-13).
“All kingdoms are given law;
“And there are many kingdoms; for there is no space in which there is no kingdom; and there is no kingdom in which there is no space, neither greater nor lesser.
“And every kingdom is given a law; and for every law there are also certain limitations and conditions ”(Doctrine and Covenants 88: 36-38).
“If there are limits to the heavens or seas or dry land, or the sun, moon or stars –
All the times of their revolution, all the appointed days, months and years, and[…]all their glory, laws, and appointed times will be revealed in the days of the dispensation of the fullness of time ”(Doctrine and Covenants 121). : 28, 30-31).
After experiencing a break where participants saw what he called “the indescribable beauty of God’s infinite works” and listened to the words revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith, Elder Bednar asked three questions:
Was Joseph Smith influenced by the false traditions of his day?
Are the concepts and ideas expressed in these revelations the product of a maddened and demented mind?
Did the Prophet Joseph Smith just guess right?
“The only way anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world, could do what young Joseph Smith did and think about what Joseph thought was to help and inspire God,” Elder Bednar said, ending the hiatus and returning to Fridays. points of his pious message. “In my opinion, it is unreasonable to believe that he has achieved all that he has achieved through his limited temporal abilities.”
Both the intermission and the entire service can be viewed on the BYU-Idaho streaming service. The link is https://web.byui.edu/videostreaming/devotionalcc – the break starts at 41:35.