Remembering Elder Maxwell…leave your favorite quote.
September 30, 2010 12 Comments
My wife, Jill and I love to go to Education Week at BYU every fall. It is a time for us to be together (without kids) and fill our “spiritual reservoirs”.
We attended last August and it was beyond awesome. One of my favorite moments was walking down the hall of the “Wilk” and seeing Dr. Robert Millet, one of our favorite presenters, visiting with Cory Maxwell. Normally I would be in awe of Dr. Millet but this time I was struck with a feeling of reverence as I saw Bro. Maxwell. He is the son of the late, Elder Neal A. Maxwell. For those of you who know me well, you know that I am a total Neal A. Maxwell groupie.
Elder Maxwell was incredible. His talks were inspiring and his style was classic. As President Gordon B. Hinckley said at Elder Maxwell’s funeral, “We shall not see one like him again.” Every sentence of his talks was “doctrinally dense”. For me, they were three-dimensional. That is, the written words didn’t lay flat on the page but if pondered, had depth and could lead the listener and reader on an infinite journey to discover beautiful doctrines and principles.
I miss Elder Maxwell. But I miss him most two times a year; April and October. That is when we would all anticipate Elder Maxwell’s talk. As we prepare for conference this week-end, once again I miss him. On my iPod I have over 70 of his talks and I find myself listening to his alliteration-peppered, doctrinally dense “music.” Don’t get me wrong, I love our living leaders. I am always excited to hear from Elders Holland, Bednar, Oaks, Hales etc. (Not necessarily in that order) But it feels good, calming, even elevating to just hear Elder Maxwell’s voice.
When Brother Millet and Brother Maxwell (Cory) were done visiting, I followed Brother Maxwell and touched him on the arm. This was my chance to thank, in some way, Elder Maxwell for the affect he has had on my life and more importantly on my “discipleship.” I thanked Cory for his and his family’s sacrifice in sharing their father with the entire Church. Cory was gracious (like his father) and we visited for a few minutes. I told him about my audio collection and he mentioned that he had visited his mother that week and she she had been listening to a talk given by “Dad”.
So, as a way to remember him, share your favorite “Neal A. Maxwell Quote.” Just share it in the comments below. And enjoy General Conference!