Success Stories: Elder Bednar’s Promise
Here is an account of the experience of a mother who used family history work to strengthen her family.
When a son, who was preparing to enter the mission field, struck up a friendship with a nonmember girl, his mother became worried and sought to counsel him—but he was unresponsive. Her worry that he would not be eligible for a mission distracted her from other responsibilities, including completing a deadline for a paper for her law studies the next day. She counseled with her father, who suggested that she read Elder David A. Bednar’s conference talk “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn,” set a date to get her family started on family history work, and then pray for the Lord’s assistance to meet that deadline. She agreed, read the talk, and was comforted by Elder Bednar’s promise to the youth: “As you participate in and love this holy work, you will be safeguarded in your youth and throughout your lives” (Ensign, Nov. 2011, 27). She decided to get started the following Sunday, and as this faithful mother rose from her prayer, her mind was free of concern, and she was able to focus on meeting the deadline.
The following Sunday she attempted to fulfill her commitment, but not all of her family members were focused on the activity. They agreed to follow through at family home evening the following night. The family read the article by Elder Bednar, and the children noted that he had counseled parents to not provide too much training. Instead, youth were invited “to explore, to experiment, and to learn for themselves” (“Hearts of the Children,” 27) using lds.org/familyhistoryyouth as a resource. The children proposed that on the following Sunday each member of the family use his or her computer to participate in doing family history.
After this experience, there was a sweet peace in the home, and the son was again focused on preparing for a mission. The mother then read Elder Bednar’s article in the April 2012 Ensign, “The Atonement and the Journey of Mortality, “and she felt strengthened by better understanding how the Lord’s grace was extended toward her because of her faith and willingness to make and keep commitments based on the teachings of modern-day Apostles.