Remembering Elder Maxwell…leave your favorite quote.

Elder Neal A. Maxwell

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!

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12 Responses to Remembering Elder Maxwell…leave your favorite quote.

  1. Troy says:

    “If the Church were not true, or enemies would be bored rather than threatened, and acquiescent rather than anxious. Hell is moved only when things move heavenward.”

  2. Rachel says:

    “Patience stoutly resists pulling up the daisies to see how the roots are doing!”

  3. Richard Pedersen says:

    “If Joseph Smith had been the conduit for only one such divine revelation, it would be, standing alone, sufficient to ensure his prophetic greatness. Yet even though God wants to give us “all that [He] hath,” we suffer from a poverty of perceptions! (see D&C 84:38). Little wonder that Paul commended Abraham, who “staggered not . . . [in] unbelief” (Romans 4:20). There is a risk when we contemplate the doctrines of the Restoration that we might “stagger” in the face of such bold and promising truths. Given such breathtaking revelations and translations, let us, therefore, heed King Benjamin’s counsel: “Believe in God; . . . believe that man doth not comprehend all the things which the Lord can comprehend” (Mosiah 4:9).

    Elder Neal A. Maxwell, October 2003

  4. Troy says:

    “Endless appreciation to Jesus Christ for his atonement, realizing that included in the awful arithmetic of that atonement are my sins, and for the eloquence of his example, and for the witness he has given me which I have happily borne in about 35 countries, for when one sees life and people through the lens of His gospel, then one can see forever.”

  5. Troy says:

    “…some [disobedient members] cast off on intellectual and behavioral bungee cords in search of new sensations, only to be jerked about by the old heresies and the old sins.”

  6. Richard Pedersen says:

    Let us, therefore, be like the young man with Elisha on the mount. At first intimidated by the surrounding enemy chariots, the young man’s eyes were mercifully opened, and he saw “horses and chariots of fire,” verifying “they that be with us are more than they that be with them” (2 Kings 6:16, 17).

    Brothers and sisters, the spiritual arithmetic has not changed!

    Our own intellectual shortfalls and perplexities do not alter the fact of God’s astonishing foreknowledge, which takes into account our choices for which we are responsible. Amid the mortal and fragmentary communiques and the breaking news of the day concerning various human conflicts, God lives in an eternal now where the past, present, and future are constantly before Him (see D&C 130:7).

    Neal A. Maxwell, April, 2003

  7. Richard Pedersen says:

    “Too often, a young person’s outward non-compliance with Church standards, or his seemingly confrontive questions, or his expressed doubts get him quickly labeled. The results can be distance and, sometimes, disaffiliation. True love does not like labels! However youth define their problems, for them, these problems are real; canned answers will not do! One wonders how many prodigals felt put off before they went off.”

    “Youth are not unlike prospective converts. There are those critical moments when their souls begin to tilt—toward the Lord or away from Him. These moments of decision cannot always be created, but when they occur, they must not be wasted. More often than not, these moments will occur in quiet and reverent conversation with parents, grandparents, a bishop, an adult leader, or a righteous peer.”
    – Neal A. Maxwell, ““Unto the Rising Generation””, Ensign, Apr. 1985, 8

  8. Lizzo says:

    My fav.
    “It is extremely important for you to believe in yourselves not only for what you are now but for what you have the power to become. Trust in the Lord as He leads you along. He has things for you to do that you won’t know about now but that will unfold later. If you stay close to Him, You will have some great adventures. You will live in a time where instead of sometimes being fulfilled, many of them will actually be fulfilled. The Lord will unfold your future bit by bit.”

    And the one Steve likes to quote to me 😉 lol j/k
    “Anger should never be an overnight guest. “

  9. Richard Pedersen says:

    “We sometimes give needed physical cloaks to warm people and to cover them, and it is good that we do. How often do you and I also give what the scriptures call the “garment of praise” ( Isa. 61:3 )? The “garment of praise” is often more desperately needed than the physical cloak. In any case, as we all know, these needs are all around us, every day. There are so many ways we can “lift up the hands which hang down, and strengthen the feeble knees” ( D&C 81:5 ).”
    – Neal A. Maxwell, “The Pathway of Discipleship”, Ensign, Sept. 1998

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