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.
Prior to his call to the Quorum of the Twelve, Elder Bednar served as an Area Seventy, Area Authority Seventy, Regional Representative, twice as a stake president, and as a bishop.
Hands are prominently shown whenever a character embraces, and they are also the method through which Lonegan is able to make contact with the afterlife.
Eastwood, known for stripping down rewrites to maintain a certain spontaneous quality in his films (and for shooting very few takes) saw something in this script that he knew wouldn't make it to the final draft. Of course, such methodology is in tune with French filmmakers like Bresson, a filmmaker who would likely be criticized today for his deadpan performances when what he's really doing is drawing attention to actions rather than performances.
Eastwood puts a lot of stock in gesture: hands in particular.
Several biographies describe how Clint Eastwood was stranded offshore in the ocean several days after his Navy training plane crashed.
The experience is probably what helped him film the tsunami scene in Hereafter.
What that reality turns out to be is something akin to one of the time centric French minimalists like Chantal Akerman and Jacques Rivette.