Act in Doctrine

by David A. Bednar

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The Deseret Bookshelf version is enhanced with video.

What do we do with the truths we know?

Knowledge is important — but it is only part of the equation in our spiritual development. Our happiness in mortality and our progress throughout eternity depend on our learning to “act in doctrine,” to live as we know we should live.

In Act in Doctrine, Elder David A. Bednar shares key insights to help close the gap between what we know and how we act. “The essential first step in reducing the disparity between gospel knowledge and righteous behavior is learning about and emulating the character of Christ,” he writes.

As we turn from self to to the Savior, we become better able to understand respond to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Obedience becomes “the sweet fruit of honoring covenant responsibilities — not merely a chore or an option to be performed based upon circumstances or convenience.” This is a stirring invitation to all of us to learn, ponder, and Act in Doctrine.


  • Chapter One - Acting in Doctrine and the Character of Christ

  • Chapter Two - Acting in Doctrine and Moral Agency

  • Chapter Three - Acting in Doctrine and Conversion unto the Lord

  • Chapter Four - Acting in Doctrine and the Role of a Teacher

  • Features extra-wide margins for recording thoughts and invites readers to ask, ponder, and then apply what they are learning.

  • Links throughout the book lead to teaching moments on the DVD, which includes a Q&A session and an exclusive interview with Elder and Sister Bednar.

  • Available as an enhanced ebook with embedded video content (features on our free Deseret Bookshelf app), and as a standard ebook on other e-readers.


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About the Author

David A. Bednar

Elder David A. Bednar was called to serve as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2004. Prior to his call, he had served as an Area Seventy, regional representative, stake president, and bishop. He served a mission to southern Germany and then attended Brigham Young University, where he received bachelor's and master's degrees. He received a PhD in organizational behavior from Purdue University and was a professor of business management at Texas Tech University and the University of Arkansas. Elder Bednar served as the president of BYU-Idaho from 1997 to 2004. His previously published books include the bestsellers Increase in Learning and Act in Doctrine. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of three sons.

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Life Changing! An essential part of every Latter-Day Saint library.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book can be life changing! Elder Bednar explains in clear terms the difference between testimony and conversion (there is a difference!), and he often refers to the Savior's life as a completely unselfish life concerned only with doing the Father's will and serving others, even while under the most extreme trials. He calls this turning outward, not inward. He explains that the natural man turns inward (is selfish), but we covenant to represent Jesus Christ at baptism, and thus we must learn to turn outward in all circumstances as well. Elder Bednar is careful to point out that we can only do this through the enabling power of Jesus Christ, and it happens slowly, line upon line, precept upon precept as the scriptures describe. The DVD that is included with the book was just wonderful. It is an hour long question and answer session with Elder Bednar on these and other topics. He includes many tips on how to become a better teacher as well. I highly recommend studying this wonderful volume written by a special witness for Christ.

Great, Great Book!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I felt like I really grew spiritually as I read this book -- it has caused me to look at different areas of my life and look for ways to ACT! It is good to know something; great to understand it; but it is a completely different level of spirituality to ACT and have experiences which will bring us closer to Christ! Chapter 4 of this book has great advice on how to teach the gospel! This is great timing for me because the whole curriculum for the youth changed in 2013 -- and went to the format of discussion and inviting them to act... which is exactly what Elder Bednar teaches in Chapter 4!

Best book on Conversion YET!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

After having read and STUDIED (note the emphasis) Act in Doctrine, then transitioned into other recently published books about conversion, this is by far-and-away the BEST book on conversion. It directs your attention on the Savior and the ways to become like him. It's not a long book so as to invite you to study and ponder. there are great areas for taking notes as well as provoking questions to help you in your study.

I'm a teacher and this book surely helped me see my role in helping others. The DVD resource became a treasure trove of moments of masterful Teaching.

After reading this book accompanied by the DVD, I truly felt empowered. My gospel study has been forever changed. I'm now considering how I can come to Christ through what I learn. Now my studies focus on those doctrines and principles that help me become AT-ONE with my Father in Heaven. Truly Remarkable!!!

Life Defining
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book reads like the second in a series after "Increase In Learning" which is now apart of my daily gospel study. It is an exciting time to be a member of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints with works like this lifting us. David A. Bednar has crystalized the essentials we must aspire to in gaining competency as members of the Lord's church. The ebook format reinforces concepts he teaches. Chapter four on teaching will become the new standard of the church. Gratitude is what you will feel after reading this book.

Mandatory reading
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

A must have book for any auxiliary or quorum presidency. Members need to be taught the principles found in this book.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Elder David A. Bednar is a masterful teacher!
In this newest book he teaches how we can become more Christlike and how agency really works.
He also sets the pattern for effective teaching not only as teachers in church but as parents and even friendships.
The enclosed DVD has Elder Bednar answering questions about his book.
This book is definitely a MUST read!

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I know I'm suppose to watch the video along with the book but last night I popped in the video to listen to while I did other things. It was amazing. I felt like I was being taught how to be taught. Along with the book this really is helping me know how to make changes in my life with the doctrines of the Gospel and the atonement.

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