Remembering Elder Neal A. Maxwell, his discipleship and his birthday
July 6, 2011 5 Comments
We attended last August and it was beyond awesome. One of my favorite moments was walking down the hall of the Wilkinson Center 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. Those who know me well know that I absolutely loved Neal A. Maxwell.
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 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 the July Fourth celebration passes each year and July 6th nears (Elder Maxwell’s birthday) I can’t help taking a few minutes to remember him. I have over 70 of his talks on my iPod 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 just to 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 had been listening to a talk by “Dad”.
As a little birthday present, I invite you to share your favorite Neal A. Maxwell quote in the comment section.
Happy Birthday Elder Maxwell!