Awesome answers to every day teen questions: Most importantly, it’s about ‘ones’
Ever thought what it might be like to get to ask one of the Christ’s apostles questions you have on your mind?
That’s what happened last night, and I got to watch. I sat down to watch an interview with my daughter Rebecca last night. There was a live interview conducted on LDS.org by a young man and a young woman, and they asked questions that had been and were being submitted online by youth from all over the world. The couple interviewed? A modern-day apostle of Jesus Christ, Elder David A. Bednar, and his wife, Susan Bednar.
I loved watching the way the Bednars interacted. No talk show, this event! No interrupting, edgy remarks or trendy jargon. Simply thoughtful, caring answers interspersed with good humor.
The Bednars fielded questions from all over the world, and the interview was led by a young man and young woman from the United States. I especially appreciated two stories that the Bednars shared in answer to two of the questions.
First, how did they meet and fall in love? Sister Bednar said they didn’t “fall in love,” per se. I thought her comments were excellent, about how you choose the person you want to create love with, because it is an active process. Elder Bednar explained that love is both a feeling and a verb. The feeling follows the action. Sister Bednar said they have been married and creating love for 40 years, and that they are more in love now that they were when they got married. You can see that they sincerely admire, respect, love, and enjoy one another.
I love how they listened so well to each other and the youth. I love how they were so respectful to each other and to the youth. It was clear that they care for the youth around the world. I learned from their example, and it made me want to be a better listener.
Second, a young man from India, not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints but rather a Hindu, asked about Elder Bednar’s experiences as an apostle. Elder Bednar’s response what not what I expected at first, but was precisely the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He talked about being sent to places around the world where he participates in meetings, gives talks, etc. But the real reason he is there is to minister to individual people. He said, “Most importantly, it’s about ones.” It reminded me of the times when I have known that a message or a song or a part of a prayer was phrased a certain way specifically because God wanted me to know that He is aware of me, that He loves me, that I am not alone, and that I can do it.
I’d like to watch it again!