Become Your Potential
Elder David A. Bednar shares insights to pressing forward in our modern day.
As followers of Christ, our desire is to become like Him. In fact, we have been commanded to do so. But how? In Power to Become, Elder David A. Bednar explores how the Savior makes possible His mandate, “Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect” (3 Nephi 12:48)
Chapters highlight the importance of the atonement, the spiritual gift of personal peace, the importance of priesthood ordinances, and the responsibility we have to obey willingly and endure valiantly. The final chapter provides a review of the principles taught in each volume in Elder Bednar’s landmark doctrinal trilogy, Increase in Learning, Act in Doctrine, and this compelling conclusion, Power to Become.
You’re a pretty good person. You aren’t breaking any of the commandments. Now what?
If you’re like me, you have an uneasy feeling that being good isn’t good enough — you want to be better. That’s our whole purpose here on earth, right? And yet, it’s not always easy to know just how to go about becoming a better, more Christ-like person.
Power to Become is both profound and incredibly simple. Elder Bednar teaches that the atonement is more than a way to be forgiven of our sins. It is the power in our lives that helps us to become what Heavenly Father intends us to be.
As I am personally going through a Really Big Trial with my chronic illness, I appreciated the chapter on personal peace. It reminded me to trust the Lord through this process. I had to ask myself tough questions: Yes, I have faith to be healed, but do I have faith NOT to be healed? Am I truly humble through this trial? Do I trust that God is molding me into who He wants me to be? Can I set aside my time table and expectations and accept His time table instead? Aligning my will with His grants me strength to bear this burden and, yes, peace.
The command to “Be ye therefore perfect” is overwhelming, especially when we are so aware of our shortcomings. The chapter that talks about small and simple things takes away the immediacy of that commandment. We don’t have to be perfect now; we simply have to take small steps towards that perfection. Start where you are, and put one foot forward. Do one small, simple thing. Do it consistently, and great things come to pass.
I like the workbook format of this book. It has room for notes in the margin, and there are pages after each chapter to jot down scriptures, ideas, and goals. However, the book is beautiful and high quality, and I just couldn’t bring myself to sully the pages with marking. Maybe next time I read it, I’ll write in it.
I’m grateful to have this book in my gospel library. I recommend it to anyone who has that feeling that they want to be better.
About the Author:
Elder David A. Bednar was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in the LDS Church in 2004. Prior to his call, he had served as an Area Seventy, Regional Representative, and stake president.He was also a professor of business management at Texas Tech University and the University of Arkansas, and the president of BYU-Idaho. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of three sons.