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Power to Become: Spiritual Patterns for Pressing Forward with a Steadfastness in Christ (Spiritual Patterns, #3)

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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 divine commission, "Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect" (3 Nephi 12:48).

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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 1st 2014 by Deseret Book
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Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
David A. Bednar was on his elliptical, working out one day, looking at the gift his wife had given him on the wall (a framed copy of his first book cover) when the thought came into his mind that " there were three books."

He was not done writing with Increase in Learning--as originally planned, but was to create a trilogy of interactive related gospel titles. And so began the journey of writing two more books.

Bednar chose a platform never before used at Deseret Book-- interactive videos embedded
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love and appreciate Elder Bednar! He sure helps me think deep thoughts.
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lds-authors
Every time I spent serious time with this book, I'd find something worth sharing - with Suzy, with my kids, or with my ward. And often I ended up sharing with all three.

What I like about Elder Bednar's books are that they provoke and encourage thought and meditation. The margins are extra wide for note taking. Each chapter ends with a series of questions and space to write contemplative answers. And each section comes with a QR code that leads to videos of Elder Bednar addressing related topics
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is fantastic! The whole series is great--Increase in Learning, Act in Doctrine, and Power to Become. I love how they build upon each other.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book. Elder Bednar is like another McConkie or Maxwell. He has deep insights that truly lead you in strong doctrinal truths, if you study what he teaches prayerfully, you can't help but to progress. This is the third book in a series he has done, and any Latter-Day Saint searching for spiritual growth and a stronger testimony of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, will appreciate Elder Bednar's works here.

There are margins on every page to express your own thoughts and personal
Power to Become expands on the principles taught by Elder Bednar in his previous books, Increase in Learning and Act in Doctrine, but readers need not have read these first two books to be inspired and taught by this one.

Power to Become is formatted to be studied section by section, with large margins for notes, questions to consider at the end of each chapter, and pages for documenting the reader’s questions, answers, thoughts, and inspirations. At first I hesitated at the thought of writing in
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in Elder Bednar's series. The first book is Increase in Learning and the second book is Act in Doctrine. The first thing I noticed about this book is that there are wide margins to take notes and questions to consider at the end of each chapter, along with space to write your own questions and feelings about what you've read. That encouraged me to get out my scripture markers and start highlighting. Since everything can easily be highlighted, I limited it to what I felt sp ...more
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the things I love about Elder Bednar is his careful precision in everything he says. When I read his words I know that each word has been carefully thought out and applied. This book is a follow up to his previous books, Increasing in Learning and Act in Doctrine. In this book, Elder Bednar highlights the importance of continuing the journey to perfection by increasing in learning, acting in doctrine in order to receive the 'power to become' like our Savior through the Atonement. I really ...more
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds
These series of books has been wonderful! I wish that Elder Bednar would do an online event to go with all of his books. There is SO MUCH to learn from these books! They could be read over and over and you would get something new each time.

One of my favorite chapters that seemed to bring all of his books into one was called POWER TO BECOME AND ALL THINGS GATHERED TOGETHER IN ONE. Bednar says in this chapter: "As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, our individual responsibility is to learn what w
Apr 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church-books
Loved this thought provoking book which I read on my I-Pad, but I need to go back through it with a hard copy so I can highlight and write notes in the margins to get the most personal growth. It is insightful and thought provoking. There are good assignments to complete. An excellent read I recommend.
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-non-fiction
What a great book-the last in a trilogy. The book is filled with insights from the scriptures and personal situations with teaching moments. There is a DVD that goes a long with the book-Elder Bednar has a group of women, couples, young adults and youth who ask him questions and he gives such amazing answers that make you think about situations you have been in or are currently in.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
If anything please read the first two chapters on the Atonement and personal peace. They are insightful and uplifting and full of inspiring counsel that has made a strong impact on the way I think about faith, trials, and the Atonement. Apparently this is a trilogy - I can't wait to check out the other books! ...more
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and the complete series by Elder Bednar – learning, acting, and becoming! This is an inspiring reminder of our individual responsibility to become like our Savior. There are many wonderful stories, scriptures, and quotes from other apostles and prophets about these important principles.

In order to become like Jesus Christ we must understand His love and grace and Atonement and believe that He can help us become better. I liked the chapter on peace and the reminder that ultimate
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
Excellent book. Fantastic information. Well worth reading.

So, why did I give it three stars?
- The book is very short. I read the Kindle edition. The cost of this book on Amazon is $13.49. The price of the book is significantly out of alignment with the length of the book. This book is only one step above a pamphlet. Again, it is full of excellent information, but it is way over priced.
- The real reason for 3 stars is the fact that Deseret Book continues to produce Kindle versions of their books
Kevin R.
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
To be honest, I really struggled with this book at first. I found a lot of it repetitive and I wasn't too excited about it, despite loving both Increase in Learning and Act in Doctrine. Unfortunately, my view was too narrow. Everything clicked into place for me at the very end of the last chapter (the irony of which is not lost to me. The last chapter is titled "All Things Gathered Together in One"). As I read the last chapter, in which Elder Bednar summarizes all three books, I felt like I fina ...more
Bonnie Brien
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious
I loved being encouraged to write in this book. There is space for notes and questions to answer at the end of each chapter. I learned a lot about the importance of becoming more like my Savior as I strive to improve and be the best person I can. Elder Bednar is brilliant and I love reading his words or listening to him speak. I highly recommend this book and the others in the series (of which I've read excerpts). ...more
Sandra Strange
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian-lds
This book expresses the heart of LDS theology: the aim of religion isn't just to check boxes of attendance, ordinances, etc, but to change lives, to help each of us become better in every way, with the ultimate goal of becoming more like Christ. Besides explanation and narrative, the book allows the reader to set his/her own goals of becoming better in each section. ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religious
It's only taken me about 2 years to read this relatively thin book. It's so packed with ideas that I would read a bit, ponder (for way to long) and then pick it up again and repeat. If you are associated with the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints and have previously enjoyed Neil Maxwells books and David Bednars previous writings, then you'll quite enjoy this. ...more
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thought provoking book. Elder Bednar gives insight on how to "become" what we need to be. As I was reading, I noticed points from the book that correlated with my reading of the "Come Follow Me" for the Book of Mormon. Sometimes he lists many scriptures all at once trying to emphasis a topic and I had to read them several times as I would get lost. ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book expands on the doctrine Elder Bednar presented in the first 2 books in this series, Spiritual Patterns. I didn't love it as much as the other 2 books, but it is still powerful. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to become more like God. ...more
Boone Bolinder
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the previous two books. I haven't watched the videos yet, but the content of the book was less gripping than the previous two and didn't feel necessary. It felt more like a review than any new material. ...more
This gave me many things to think about and be reminded of. I marked several passages. The final chapter is a summation of all three books in the series, which was helpful. I am grateful for all the lists of related readings — and they are not all from General Authorities, either.
Winslow Morrell
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was looking for a book that explained gospel topics through stories. This was not that book. It was highly informational and at times dry. Still loved it though and loved what it added to my testimony.
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My favorite of the three books.
Jessica Lawrence
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My absolute favorite of the three!! Definitely a must-read! I cannot wait to read it again!!
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another excellent book from elder bednar- he has such a way of explaining things clearly and concisely. I love it.
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The third in a series, this wise council from a servant of God is worth reading and reviewing periodically.
Rhett Anderson
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book by Elder Bednar. Great spiritual references and guidance for me. Highly recommend!!!
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book and learned several principles that I have not clearly understood before.
Zach Morrell
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the sections on attaining peace in this life. He has such great insight
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David A. Bednar was ordained and set apart as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 7, 2004.

Bednar was born on 15 June 1952, in Oakland, California. His mother came from a long line of Latter-day Saints, but Bednar's father did not join the church until Bednar was in his late twenties. He served as a full-time missionary in Sou

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