An Apostle's Prayerful Pattern

Elder David A. Bednar's consistent invitation to us throughout the years.

October 19, 2021

There is an noteworthy pattern in the spoken ministry of Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The pattern is evident in each and every one of his general conference talks (at the time of this writing, and yes, I checked).

The pattern is that at some point near the beginning of each talk he shares his heartfelt desire and prayer that the Holy Ghost will edify and assist us as we receive his message. Here are a few examples:

"In the Strength of the Lord", October 2004

I pray for and invite the companionship of the Holy Ghost for me and for you as I speak with you briefly this Sabbath morning.

"Ask in Faith", April 2008

I invite the Holy Ghost to assist us as we consider a principle that can help our prayers become more meaningful—the gospel principle of asking in faith.

"Receive the Holy Ghost", October 2010

My message focuses on the importance of striving in our daily lives to actually receive the Holy Ghost. I pray for and invite the Spirit of the Lord to instruct and edify each of us.

"The Powers of Heaven", April 2012

My message focuses upon this divine priesthood and the powers of heaven. I earnestly pray for the assistance of the Spirit of the Lord as together we learn about these important truths.

"Therefore They Hushed Their Fears", April 2015

My purpose is to describe how fear is dispelled through a correct knowledge of and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I earnestly pray the Holy Ghost will bless each of us as we consider together this important topic.

"Called to the Work", April 2017

I pray for the assistance of the Holy Ghost as we consider together principles pertaining to the great work of preaching the gospel to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.

"Let This House Be Built unto My Name", April 2020

I pray for the assistance of the Holy Ghost as we learn together about the covenants, ordinances, and blessings that are available to us in the temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

"With the Power of God in Great Glory", October 2021

I pray that the Holy Ghost will enlighten and edify all of us as we consider together the marvelous work of salvation and exaltation in the dispensation of the fulness of times.