On Sunday, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Susan Bednar, visited BYU-Idaho to deliver part two of his sermon, “That Ye May Believe.” Part one was given on Aug. 28 at the University of Utah. Part one covered five principles of the gospel, and part two went on to address five additional principles:
— Priesthood authority and keys
— Prophets, apostles, and revelation
— Additional latter-day scripture
— Covenants and ordinances
— Temple covenants and ordinances, and vicarious work for the dead
In each address, he started by inviting listeners the draw their own conclusions about whether:
—Seeing is the best and only way of knowing what we know
— Joseph Smith was influenced by false traditions
— Believers have frenzied and deranged minds
— Prophets merely guessed right
— The restoration of the Savior’s gospel and Church is unreasonable
He opened his remarks with the story of Korihor, where a lot of the inspiration for these questions comes from. Alma 30 tells of the anti-Christ, Korihor, and his belief that the gospel could not be true because we have no tangible or firsthand evidence of it. Elder Bednar uses this as his foundation for establishing what truth is and the importance of the doctrine that sets us apart from other Christian denominations.
“An individual price must be paid to learn for yourselves,” said Sydney Brustad, a senior studying communication. “You cannot live on borrowed light. Elder Bednar shared how we truly need to grow our own testimony of the Savior Jesus Christ and His gospel. We can only borrow others’ light for so long because when times get tough, our faith will be tried so we must be prepared.”
His message can be summed up in the words of the closing hymn, Let Us All Press On, which Elder Bednar instructed the congregation to sing twice.
“In the fight for right let us wield a sword, the mighty sword of truth. Fear not though the enemy deride; Courage, for the Lord is on our side. We will heed not what the wicked may say, But the Lord alone we will obey.”