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From an emphasis on binding oneself to the Savior through covenants and ordinances to relating oneself to Lehi’s experience of being filled with the Spirit as the Book of Mormon prophet discovered records and genealogy on the brass plates, the 2023 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction broadcast provided plenty of personal applications.
But rather than outlining directives and courses of action, this year’s broadcast — released Thursday, March 2 — offered viewing stake and ward councils examples of counseling together and questions to prompt discussion.
“The yearning of my heart is that every person participating in this leadership meeting tonight, will come to know by the power of the Holy Ghost that the blessings of making and keeping covenants with the Savior apply to him or her individually, personally and powerfully,” said Elder David A Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Elder Bednar and Elder Gerrit W. Gong, also of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, led a panel of Church leaders in a council-type discussion — Primary General President Susan H. Porter; Sister Kristin M. Yee, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency; Elder Kevin R. Duncan, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Temple Department; and Elder Kevin S. Hamilton, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Church’s Family History Department.
Bound to the Savior through covenants and ordinances
Elder Bednar underscored the importance of understanding sequences, such as the sequence of key events of the Restoration of the gospel. The appearance of the Father and the Son to Joseph Smith, the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and the restoration of the priesthood provide a sequence of the Godhead, a witness of Christ and the authority to preach His gospel and perform the covenants and ordinances.
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