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In performing the righteous works of God “there are no spiritual shortcuts or quick fixes,” said Elder David A. Bednar, who called for wisdom in using contemporary technological tools like artificial intelligence.

“Innovations such as artificial intelligence have the potential to both (1) assist you in receiving magnificent blessings and (2) diminish and suffocate your moral agency,” said the member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, during a devotional at Brigham Young University.

“Please do not allow the supposed accuracy, speed and ease of modern technologies to entice you to avoid or circumvent the righteous work that invites into your life the blessings you will need,” he said.

To clarify the meaning and importance of the “work” or “works” of God, Elder Bednar shared several examples and various uses and meanings of the word “work” and its derivatives from the more than 1,100 instances found in the English scriptures.

Sometimes the word “work” in the scriptures describes actions and activities to do or to make something; other times it refers to God’s purpose or a goal to accomplish, he said. He then discussed four ways work is vital to the individual spiritual progress of God’s children.

1. God’s Work Helps Us Progress

“God’s work is focused upon the progression and exaltation of His children [see Moses 1:39]. Our work as God’s sons and daughters is to love Him and keep His commandments [see Doctrine and Covenants 11:20],” he said.

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