One by One

by David A. Bednar

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In this book, Elder David A. Bednar offers a compelling look at a pattern the Lord uses to bless His people: He works with us on an individual basis, one by one. Demonstrating that pattern as it occurs throughout the scriptures, in the lives of many Church leaders, and in his own ministry, Elder Bednar invites us to open our hearts to the Lord's love. He also teaches that by ministering as the Savior does, one by one, we can be more powerful instruments in His hands to accomplish His purposes.

From a "guided tour" through scriptural illustration to an array of touching personal accounts, this important new book offers hope and guidance for anyone who has ever wondered, "Do I matter to the Lord?"

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Book on CDUnabridged, 4 discs, approx. 4.2 hours, read by David A. Bednar
Size6 x 8
PublishedDeseret Book 2017

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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(based upon 41 reviews)

Again and again
By , Submitted on 2018-06-28

I was able to down load this audio book through Plus. Thank you, Deseret Book and thank you Elder Bednar! I have listened to it again and again and each time it has touched my soul, lifted my spirit and given me deeper appreciation for the love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ feel for us. As one who has believed in that love, but could not quite accept that I could be loved like that, it is a great blessing. The Lord has truly used Elder Bednar to deliver one of his tender mercies to me.

The Worth of Our Souls
By , Submitted on 2018-06-21

Thanks Elder Bednar for writing this book. By the end of the book the continual emphasis on “The Worth of the Soul” was imprinted on my soul. We all need to know and truly believe that our worth is great in the sight of the Lord.

By , Submitted on 2018-05-19

I have been listening to this audiobook on my commute to work as I prepare for the EQ fourth Sunday lesson next week (the topic for this next period is ministering). There are so many scriptural examples and phrases that I am prayerfully considering as I prepare the discussion on this topic. This book is very prophetic in preparing us for this new era of Christlike love and care.

Super amazing!
By , Submitted on 2018-02-11

I loved this so much! Listened to it all in one Sunday afternoon!

Wonderful examples of how we’re cared for
By , Submitted on 2018-01-28

I really loved all the examples from the scriptures about how God sees us one by one and how Jesus served so many in the same manner. This is a theme I didn’t think about before and now it has deepened my understanding of God’s love for us. Elder Bednar is a wonderful reader and makes it easy to understand and follow along. Highly recommend this to all!

The Saviors Way
By , Submitted on 2018-01-23

The book highlights many of the principles of individual opportunities to work with different our brethren and sisters. It highlights and clearly speaks of the no coincidence principles in our lives and testifies of the certainty that Heavenly Father is always walking, running, or sitting with us waiting for us to provide an opportunity that he may teach us another line of the gospel. There are also great stories and experiences of an apostle as he has addd to his testimony while edifying others along his journey. Best part - it is read by Elder Bednar himself.

Everybody should read and study this book
By , Submitted on 2017-11-05

I couldn't believe how fast I read through this book, because I didn't just read it I got into marking and writing my thoughts in it and thinking about the questions at the end of the book. It was a book I plan to read again. Elder Bednar has a way of making you stop and think on the subject and scriptures and finding ways to apply them in your life. I always enjoy reading his books. It makes me a better person.

Loved it and the personal experiences
By , Submitted on 2017-10-31

Prior to reading this book I thought I "Knew" that the Lord loves and cares for me. Now I "Know" more intimately that He does.

Love this book!
By , Submitted on 2017-10-25

This was a wonderful book to read. I would recommend it.

By , Submitted on 2017-10-23

Inspiring and uplifting.

Love this book!
By , Submitted on 2017-10-19

Elder Bednar is the perfect narrator for his own book. Inspiring stories and examples. I throughly enjoying this book.

one by one
By , Submitted on 2017-09-28

This was an inspiring reminder to me of individualizing my efforts to those around me. Elder Bednar had many examples of current day experiences, and throughout the scriptures. At the end of each section were questions to help your self-check and reflections.

One by One
By , Submitted on 2017-09-14

Every time I pick up this book I find myself up lifted. It has helped me look at others in a different light. Now I don't think I am in a certain place at a certain time by coincidence but that My Heavenly Father guides us to places he needs us to be to help reach out to others who need us one by one.

One By One
By , Submitted on 2017-09-10

This is an inspiring and uplifting book. I loved the use of scriptures, and quotes from current and past leaders in the church about the topic of "One by One". In addition, Elder Bednar uses personal stories that pull you in and make you think about your own situations that have happened in your life. I loved how throughout the book you are remind of the love our Heavenly Father has for us. This book helped my to be mindful of the one that we serve, whether in our home, church, or out in the community. We need to focus on the one that we can impact with the help of the Savior. I loved the invitations at the end of each chapter has they helped me ponder more deeply on what I had read and how I can make a difference.

Full of love and hope
By , Submitted on 2017-09-07

This book is an eloquent reminder of our individual worth to God and that we are indeed known. Filled with scriptural examples of Jesus' attention to the individual, current teachings of the church and attention concentrated on the individual, and experiences from Elder Bednar where he has testifies of his personal knowledge of the importance of the individual. At a time when the world would have us believe we are unimportant and that God doesn't know us, this book is a wonderful reminder that we matter. . . Each and every one of us. Thanks Elder Bednar, it was time well spent.

Worth of Souls is Great in the Sight of God; Narration of the Book is Good
By , Submitted on 2017-09-07

Content - 5/5
The content helped reinforce and sharpen the perspective that the Lord works with us on an individual basis. I felt prompted to listen to the book and got some answers to questions I had been seeking. I liked the points about thinking about teaching people instead of lessons. The book also emphasizes how the Lord works many different things in the universe toward helping the one. It is truly amazing to ponder how God might accomplish this, but for those who choose to see it as God's hand it is miraculous.

I personally liked the repetition that Elder Bednar uses to drill in the point that the worth of souls is great in the sight of God. That is a message that we all need to remember and understand. I have been fortunate to have felt that God loves me personally from a young age, but I think that we all can use this reminder and many of us need to have it driven into our souls repeatedly - so I think the repetition great in this regard. I also appreciated the demonstrations of how different scriptural accounts of events and stories are about individuals. I imagine Elder Bednar has read and pondered the scriptures with this one question in mind seeking for an answer. I am grateful that he chose to share his insights in a book.

I did not receive an early copy of the book as most of the reviews up to this point seem to be since they were posted here before the release date of the book.

Audiobook Narration - Good overall - 4/5
The book was read by Elder Bednar which was nice. It was a quality recording except for some minor volume-level issues that might not be noticeable if you aren't listening on headphones. It was not to the point of annoying by any stretch. Also the app itself (Deseret Book's Bookshelf App) has some glitches that cause the book to stop and jump back a few minutes now and then. The glitches are mildly irritating especially when it happens while driving. If 5 stars is perfection it was not quite that, but I don't expect Elder Bednar to be everything that he is plus a brilliant narrator conscious of the technicalities of recording an audio book to boot. It was good narration.

Inspiring and personal
By , Submitted on 2017-08-30

I really enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio book and loved how personal of an approach Elder Bendar takes. It feels like it is just you and him in the room and he is teaching personally, like he is just talking to you and no one else. He shares several of his own stories and shows us of many examples throughout the scriptures where the Lord healed, taught and cared for the individual person. The Lord taught thousands and yet he always remembered, cared for and helped the one. He taught us the pattern that we should be doing. We need to teach, love, serve and help people individually. Even if we are teaching or caring for several people we need to see them as lots of "ones." This book also reminds us that we are important to the Lord and he knows us and loves us individually. It is good for anyone who is struggling to find the Lord's hand in their lives or those who wonder if the Lord even knows who they are. The book is set up like his other books with questions to ponder and places to write your own thoughts if you have the hard copy. If you listen to the audio Elder Bednar asks the same questions and you can just write them in a study journal. This is such a wonderful book! It is the best book I have read all year. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to everyone! It is directed toward adults, but young adults could still get a lot out of it. Leaders and those preparing for a mission could benefit greatly from the teachings in this book. It is a book that you can read over and over again and learn something new each time. I highly recommend it!

"I believe that in the work of the Lord there is no such thing as a coincidence. The worth of souls is great in the sight of God." Elder Bednar

One by One - the inspired spiritual pattern from the life of our Savior that illustrates how we are taught and blessed and how we may minister to and bless others.
By , Submitted on 2017-08-29

Elder Bednar shares experiences, both personal and from the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ, that illustrate the inspired pattern of service, ministering, and tender mercies that come, 'one by one'. The clarity from countless scriptures and examples has helped me develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of this important principle and is helping me to be a better husband, father and servant.

Powerful. Full of love.
By , Submitted on 2017-08-28

Elder Bednar always has a way to make doctrine so approachable. You cannot read this book and not feel the love that God has for each one of us. It also puts the business in life and church into perspective and that we should always be focused on "the one" as that is the pattern established in both life and scripture. Listening to him on the audiobook read his words made it even more personal and powerful.

Worth the read
By , Submitted on 2017-08-28

It's a quick read/listen. I got through most of it in one Sunday afternoon. Note-I listened to the audiobook on PLUS.
I like the idea of this book and the fact that it's read by Elder Bednar is a plus. There is a nice spirit about it and it's definitely worth listening to. However, it gets a little repetitive at times. You can only hear the words "One by one" so many times before it starts to lose its meaning. Other than that, I'd highly recommend this book, especially if you're struggling with feeling unimportant.

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