The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Neal A. Maxwell

"Most significantly, through the Prophet Joseph came translations and revelations which confirmed and described, as never before, the reality of the glorious Atonement, in which, alas, so few really believe today. It is the central act of all human history!" — Neal A. Maxwell, "My Servant Joseph," "Ensign," May 1992 p. 39

"The cumulative weight of all mortal sins--past, present, and future--pressed upon that perfect, sinless, and sensitive Soul! All our infirmities and sicknesses were somehow, too, a part of the awful arithmetic of the Atonement. (See Alma 7:11-12; Isa. 53:3-5; Matt. 8:17.) The anguished Jesus not only pled with the Father that the hour and cup might pass from Him, but with this relevant citation. 'And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me.' (Mark 14:35-36.)" — Neal A. Maxwell, "Willing to Submit," Ensign, May 1985

"During our mortal schooling in submissiveness, we will see the visible crosses that some carry, but other crosses will go unseen. A few individuals may appear to have no trials at all, which, if it were so, would be a trial in itself. Indeed, if, as do trees, our souls had rings to measure the years of greatest personal growth, the wide rings would likely reflect the years of greatest moisture — but from tears, not rainfall." — Neal A. Maxwell, "We Will Prove Them Herewith," p. 7

"For some Church members the Book of Mormon remains unread. Others use it occasionally as if it were merely a handy book of quotations. Still others accept and read it but do not really explore and ponder it. The book is to be feasted upon, not nibbled (see 2 Nephi 31:20)." — Neal A. Maxwell, "But for a Small Moment," p.28

"Disengagement from the world is best followed by being anxiously engaged in the Lord's work." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Wherefore Ye Must Press Forward," p. 3 - 4

"While we should be 'anxiously engaged,' we need not be hectically engaged. We can be diligent and still do things in 'wisdom and order'—;without going faster than we 'have strength and means' (Mosiah 4:27; D&C 10:4)." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Men and Women of Christ," p. 24

"Patience is always involved in the spiritual chemistry of life—not only when we try to turn trials and tribulations, the carbon dioxide, as it were, into joy and growth, but it also builds upon the seemingly ordinary experiences to bring about happy, spiritual outcomes. (Neither patience nor photosynthesis is a conspicuous process.)" — Neal A. Maxwell, "Notwithstanding My Weakness," p. 64

"Even though it is true that there must be an 'opposition in all things' [2 Nephi 2:11], none of us has the personal obligation to provide that opposition." — Neal A. Maxwell, "All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience," p. 108

"Some of us who would not chastise a neighbor for his frailties have a field day with our own. Some of us stand before no more harsh a judge than ourselves, a judge who stubbornly refuses to admit much happy evidence and who cares nothing for due process. Fortunately the Lord loves us more than we love ourselves." — "Notwithstanding My Weakness," General Conference, October 1976

"Just as certain men were foreordained from before the foundations of the world, so were certain women appointed to certain tasks. Divine design--not chance brought Mary forward to be the mother of Jesus. The boy prophet, Joseph Smith, was blessed not only with a great father but also with a superb mother, Lucy Mack, who influenced a whole dispensation." — "The Women Of God," Ensign, May 1978

"Selfishness is much more than an ordinary problem because it activates all the cardinal sins! It is the detonator in the breaking of the Ten Commandments." — "Put Off the Natural Man, and Come Off Conqueror," Ensign, November 1990

"There are no separate paths back to that heavenly home. Just one straight and narrow way, at the end of which, though we arrive trailing tears, we shall at once be 'drenched in joy.'" — "The Women of God," Ensign, May 1978

"Jesus, who accomplished the most by far, was also the most glad to give all the glory to the Father. Alas, even when you and I do place something on the altar, we sometimes hang around as if waiting for a receipt." — "'Apply the Atoning Blood of Christ,'" Ensign, November 1997

"If we are faithful and obedient while in this good and beautiful world, we will later inherit 'a far better land of promise' (Alma 37:45), 'a city... whose builder and maker is God' (Heb. 11:10), a city within which are 'many mansions' (John 14:2–3)." — Neal A. Maxwell,
"For I Will Lead You Along," Ensign, May 1988, p. 9

"Amid the array of mortal tutorials, we too should strive to '[finish our] preparations' for the third and everlasting estate, which lies ahead--thanks be to Jesus' glorious Atonement (D&C 19:19). By so doing, we too can become 'completed' and 'finished,' having finally attained our varied individual potentials (see Matt. 5:48, footnote b)." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Apply the Atoning Blood of Christ," Ensign, Nov. 1997, p. 23

"By contrast, one of the unique features of the living church of Jesus Christ is its ever-expanding body of fundamental spiritual knowledge about man's identity and purpose, which enlarges 'the memory of this people' (Alma 37:8). In fact, our ninth article of faith declares that God 'will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.' [A of F 1:9] Thus nourished by a menu blending antiquity and futurity, Church members need never 'faint in [their] minds' (Heb. 12:3). Instead, we can be intellectually vibrant." — Neal A. Maxwell, "God Will Yet Reveal," Ensign, Nov. 1986, p. 52

"We must resist the wrong fashions of the world. The thirteenth Article of Faith does not say that we believe in all things that are popular, fashionable, ugly and sensual, and that we seek after these things! Rather, 'We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men.' And these attributes depend on each other. [A of F 1:13]" — Neal A. Maxwell, "The Stern but Sweet Seventh Commandment," New Era, June 1979, p. 40-41

"Even seeking after things which are praiseworthy or lovely is accelerated by believing all the Articles of Faith which precede article thirteen. Similarly, the followers of the Ten Commandments are not divided into two vast platoons--one specializing in the 'thou shalts' and the other in the 'thou shalt nots.'" — Neal A. Maxwell, "Answer Me," Ensign, Nov. 1988, p. 31

"The knees of the mind bend so reluctantly." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Not My Will, But Thine," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1998], p. 4

"Hearing, really hearing, will bring obeying. Those who are thus submissive are not content to 'live by bread alone' but instead live 'by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord' (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4)." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Not My Will, But Thine," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1998], p. 66

"In conclusion, Nephi, Benjamin's great predecessor, would surely want us to 'liken' Benjamin's words unto ourselves (see 1 Ne. 19:23). Such likening would include focusing on quality parenting, which prepares children to overcome the world; making extra efforts to communicate with others, including verifying that they have understood us and we them; valuing the scriptures by searching them; striving for meekness and modesty in our personal lives; putting off the natural man and woman; applying Jesus' great atonement to our own lives; and living so as to merit the regular guidance of the Holy Ghost to keep us in 'wisdom's path.'" — Neal A. Maxwell, "Heroes from the Book of Mormon," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1995], p. 67

"Moral agency in the face of difficult choices was not for Adam and Eve alone (Moses 7:32; D&C 101:78). There are blessings if we choose aright and penalties if we choose wrongly. Therefore, attempting to stand between friends and the consequences of their wrong choices is not realistic; it is not nearly as useful as being lovingly at their sides before and when choices are being made. Men and women really are 'free to choose' (2 Nephi 2:27), and we cannot and should not try to have it otherwise." — Neal A. Maxwell, "But for a Small Moment," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1986], p. 130

"By cleverly steering people away from the reality of immortality and accountability, he uses endless variations in the same, basic, recurring theme: 'Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die' (2 Nephi 28:7, 8). Hence each new generation not only acts out the drama but does so with a prideful provincialism--as if there were nothing to be learned from the past. Moreover, if the permissive generation still prefers to believe at all in a God, they will believe in a permissive God." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Sermons Not Spoken," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985], p. 14

"It is accurate to say also that, when we are living well enough, the promptings of the Spirit will guide us in tactical matters (telling us all things we should do [see 2 Nephi 32:3]). Once we really know the 'what' and the 'why,' the 'how' will become clear." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Notwithstanding My Weakness," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1981], p. 108

"Continuing to speak of strategic things, we must have the Spirit with us, so that the Holy Ghost can prompt us to pray for that which is right. Nephi advised us that the Spirit 'teacheth a man to pray.' (2 Nephi 32:8.) There is, therefore, a definite connection between our righteousness and our capacity to draw upon the Spirit so that we will ask for what we should ask for. The Lord told Joseph Smith in 1831, 'And if ye are purified and cleansed from all sin, ye shall ask whatsoever you will in the name of Jesus, and it shall be done. But know this, it shall be given you what you shall ask....' (D&C 50:29-30)"  — Neal A. Maxwell, "What Should We Pray For?" "Prayer," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1977], p. 44

"Without our individual refining, therefore, life would become merely a pass-through, audited course--not a course for credit. Only in the latter arrangement can our experiences and our performances be sanctified for our own everlasting good (see 2 Nephi 32:9). Mortality therefore is not a convenient, suburban, drive-around beltway with a view. Instead it passes slowly through life's inner city. Daily it involves real perspiration, real perplexity, real choosing, real suffering--and real refining!" — Neal A. Maxwell, "If Thou Endure It Well," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 8

"Sensual individuals crave and live by sensations. Disciples, instead, walk and 'overcome by faith' (D&C 76:53), accepting gratefully the evidence of things not seen which are true (see Heb. 11:1; Alma 32:21) and using quietly God's spiritual gifts." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Answer Me," Ensign, November 1988

"Day in and day out the same Lord who parted the Red Sea so that Israel might escape Egypt provides ways for us to escape temptation (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). 'By very small means,' Alma told his son, 'the Lord... bringeth about the salvation of many souls' (Alma 37:7). Scale, therefore, is not the sole measure of spiritual significance; for 'out of small things proceedeth that which is great' (D&C 64:33)." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Men and Women of Christ," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1991], p. 87

"Each temptation is real, but so is faith in one's identity. Each affliction is to some degree tormenting, but the plan of salvation reassures us about ourselves and outcomes. An irritation will be keenly felt, but it can be overcome by seeing the irritation for what it often is—including seeing it as an extrusion of yet untamed ego! With faith, as did Joseph anciently under serious temptation, one can self-interrogate: 'How... can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?' Joseph knew his own identity and the responsibility it carried. He went further, however, even reminding his temptress of her own identity and responsibility, noting that her husband 'hath [not] kept back anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife.' (See Genesis 39:7-20) The natural man, however, does not put such relevant questions to himself." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Lord, Increase Our Faith," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1994], p. 114

"The Spirit can teach us of 'things as they really are'—not just as they appear to be, according to conventional wisdom. Contrariwise, the flesh looks at the outward things, drawing its conclusions from surface appearances (1 Samuel 16:7). The opinions of the flesh, it turns out, are no more reliable than the arm of flesh! Faith, meanwhile, carries us forward even before the full flood of fact reaches and lifts us. Since meekness is not natural to the natural man, however, we must 'learn' some things over and over again—until we get it right! Faith and meekness make allowance for the role of such repeated experiences in Father's plan. Repetition is part of God's long-suffering in our behalf." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Lord, Increase Our Faith," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1994], p. 90

"If we have this kind of ultimate hope, there is no room for proximate despair. If the big things that really matter are finally going to work out in eternity, then the little things that go wrong mortally are not cause for desperation but perhaps only for a little frustration and irritation." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Notwithstanding My Weakness," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1981], p. 50

"Along with believing in the gospel, we need to believe in our own possibilities—not as to status, but as to power to do good. God could surprise—yes, even stun—each of us here today if we could manage such divine disclosures. Such must usually be kept from us (or can only be hinted at) for now. But specific and special opportunities are pending for every person here today, if we can trust God and do each day’s duties and bear our present pain. ('Insights from My Life,' p. 190)" — "The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book," Maxwell, Cory H., ed. [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1997], p. 150

"Thus it is that our faith and trust in our Heavenly Father, so far as this mortal experience is concerned, consists not simply of faith and gladness that He exists, but is also a faith and trust that, if we are humble, He will tutor us, aiding our acquisition of needed attributes and experiences while we are in mortality. We trust not only the Designer but also His design of life itself, including our portion thereof!" — Neal A. Maxwell, "We Will Prove Them Herewith," p. 12

"When we err, others may be unforgiving and ungenerous. But though our sins be as scarlet, God assures the repentant that these shall be as white as snow (see Isaiah 1:18). Moreover, God will not even mention certain portions of our past (Ezekiel 18:22). In that case, nor should we! It should be hand to the plow without looking back. Finally, He mercifully assures us that if we repent He actually will remember our sins no more! (D&C 58:42)" — Neal A. Maxwell, "Men and Women of Christ," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1991], p. 131

"The Restoration brought a flood of faith-building truths that would develop a Zion people, a covenant people, a people willing to obey God's commandments and submit to His will. Isaiah described the Restoration as 'a marvelous work and a wonder' (Isaiah 29:14). The Hebrew roots for 'wonder' refer to things 'beyond human capability,' the 'miraculous.'" -- Neal A. Maxwell, "Not My Will, But Thine," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1988], p. 35

"It is merciful for all mortals that Jesus did not shrink nor flee, even amid 'the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God' (D&C 76:107; 88:106). As He took upon Himself our sins, standing graciously in our stead, He thus felt severe, divine reproach, which 'hath broken my heart' (Psalms 69:20). The Hebrew word for Jesus’ being 'bruised' in the process of the Atonement means 'to be crushed' (see Isaiah 53:5). The atoning 'man of sorrows' denotes both physical and spiritual sorrow and pain. Being 'acquainted with grief' includes familiarity with 'sickness' (Isaiah 53:3; see also Alma 7:11, 12; Matthew 8:17). Yet amid the engulfing avalanche of anguish, Jesus did not shrink or flee." -- Neal A. Maxwell, "Lord, Increase Our Faith," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1994] p. 12

"Moreover, Jesus’ pain was fully inclusive and comprehensive. Surely He was thereby fully 'acquainted with grief' because 'he suffered the pain of all men,' indeed, 'the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam' (Isaiah 53:3, 5; D&C 18:11; 2 Nephi 9:21). It will take faith to 'finish' our own assigned tasks amid whatever grief, pain, and infirmities may be. No wonder that in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus began to be 'sore amazed,' meaning 'awestruck,' 'astounded,' and 'astonished.' Jesus was also 'very heavy,' meaning 'depressed,' 'dejected,' and in 'anguish.' (Mark 14:33)" -- Neal A. Maxwell, "Lord, Increase Our Faith," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1994], p. 13

"The cumulative weight of all mortal sins-past, present, and future-pressed upon that perfect, sinless, and sensitive Soul! All our infirmities and sicknesses were somehow, too, a part of the awful arithmetic of the Atonement. (See Alma 7:11–12 ; Isaiah 53:3–5 ; Matthew 8:17)" — Neal A. Maxwell, "Ensign," May 1985, p. 73

"Thus, in addition to bearing our sins—the required essence of the Atonement—the "how" of which we surely do not understand, Jesus is further described as having come to know our sicknesses, griefs, pains, and infirmities as well. Another "how" we cannot now comprehend! (See Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:17; Mosiah 14:4; Alma 7:11-12) Jesus thus not only satisfied the requirements of divine justice but also, particularly in His Gethsemane and Calvary ordeals, demonstrated and perfected His capacity to succor His people and his empathy for them. He came to know, personally and perfectly, "according to the flesh" how to help us become more like His fully comprehending Father: "Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite" (Psalms 147:5)." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Not My Will, But Thine," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1988], p. 51

"Furthermore, God’s ways are much higher than our ways (see Isaiah 55:8–9). This reality is something which those of us in the foothills of faith should ponder before, in our provinciality, we try to force God’s doctrines through the filter of our lower ways. His is an invitation designed to lift us up in style as well as in substance." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Lord, Increase Our Faith," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1994], p. 31

"An omnicompetent God leaves all mortals free to choose, but how grateful we should be that God chose long, long ago to rescue and to resurrect all His children through the Atonement of His Son. Nevertheless, some reject and many are indifferent to these and other divine beckonings, mostly because they are too caught up in the cares of the world. They are strangers to the Savior, who is far from the thoughts and intents of their hearts (see Mosiah 5:13)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "How Choice a Seer!," Ensign, November 2003

"The struggle is intense along the pathway to perfection, yet it is a trek necessitated by Jesus' having asked us to become 'even as I am' (3 Nephi 27:27). Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, either by translation or revelation, great insights came concerning this deepening of one's discipleship." - Neal A. Maxwell, "But for a Small Moment," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1986], p. 15

"Because God wants us to come home after having become more like Him and His Son, part of this developmental process, of necessity, consists of showing unto us our weaknesses. Hence, if we have ultimate hope we will be submissive, because, with His help, those weaknesses can even become strengths (see Ether 12:27)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Hope through the Atonement of Jesus Christ," Ensign, November 1998, p. 63

When we take Jesus' yoke upon us, this admits us eventually to what Paul called the "fellowship of [Christ's] sufferings" (Philip. 3:10). Whether illness or aloneness, injustice or rejection, etc., our comparatively small-scale sufferings, if we are meek, will sink into the very marrow of the soul. We then better appreciate not only Jesus' sufferings for us, but also His matchless character, moving us to greater adoration and even emulation." - Neal A. Maxwell, "From Whom All Blessings Flow," Ensign, May 1997

"The coming forth of the Book of Mormon is a marvelous episode not only in Church history but also in human history. You and I owe many people for their roles in bringing us the Book of Mormon, a book filled with plain and precious salvational truths which came forth by 'the gift and power of God' (Book of Mormon title page). Through the labors and sacrifices of many, the 'marvellous work and a wonder' foreseen by Isaiah (Isa. 29:14) restored vital truths which had been lost to mankind for centuries! We can best express our gratitude by reading and applying the teachings of the Book of Mormon." - Neal A. Maxwell, "By the Gift and Power of God," Ensign, January 1997, p. 36

"Even during these difficult times, members 'armed with righteousness' can do so many things. (1 Ne. 14:14.) We can have love at home, even though the love of many waxes cold in the world. (See Matt. 24:12.) We can have inner peace even though peace has been taken from the earth. (See D&C 1:35.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Behold, the Enemy Is Combined," Ensign, May 1993, p. 79

"Along with all the foregoing reasons for our individual repentance, Church members have a special rendezvous to keep, brothers and sisters. Nephi saw it. One future day, he said, Jesus' covenant people, 'scattered upon all the face of the earth,' will be 'armed with righteousness and with the power of God in great glory.' (1 Ne. 14:14.) This will happen, but only after more members become more saintly and more consecrated in conduct." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Repentance," Ensign, November 1991, p. 32

"The Atonement is the chief expression of Christ's loving-kindness. He endured so many things. For instance, as prophesied, He was spat upon (see 1 Ne. 19:9). As foretold, He was struck and scourged (see Mosiah 3:9). Likewise, He was offered vinegar and gall while aflame with thirst (see Ps. 69:21). Yet in His later description of His agonies, Jesus does not speak of those things. Instead, after the Atonement, there is no mention about His being spat upon, struck, or proffered vinegar and gall. Instead, Christ confides in us His chief anxiety, namely, that He 'would that [He] might not drink the bitter cup, and shrink' (D&C 19:18)-especially desiring not to get partway through the Atonement and then pull back. Mercifully for all of us, He 'finished [His] preparations unto the children of men' (D&C 19:19). Jesus partook of history's bitterest cup without becoming bitter! Significantly, when He comes again in majesty and power, He will cite His aloneness, saying, 'I have trodden the wine-press alone' (D&C 133:50)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Enduring Well," Ensign, April 1997, p. 10

"At the center of the Father’s plan is Jesus Christ, mankind’s Redeemer. Yet, as foreseen, many judge Jesus 'to be a thing of naught' (1 Ne. 19:9), or 'consider him' merely 'a man.' (Mosiah 3:9.) Whether others deny or delimit Jesus, for us He is our Lord and Savior! Comparatively, brothers and sisters, it matters very little what people think of us, but it matters very much what we think of Him. It matters very little, too, who others say we are; what matters is who we say Jesus is. (See Matt. 16:13–17.)" — Neal A. Maxwell, “The Great Plan of the Eternal God,” Ensign, May 1984, p. 21

"In the cumulative process of living, today's small inflection for good adds to what becomes tomorrow's mountain of character. A bad inflection in a defining moment, however, gouges a little more in what later becomes the eroded gully channeling us so swiftly into the 'gulf of misery' (2 Ne. 1:13). Life's experiences of boredom, exhilaration, deprivation, conflict, compromise, mistakes, successes, resentments, loving, excluding, belonging, repenting, and forgiving swirl about us constantly. How will immortal principles be applied by immortal individuals to these swirling situations?" - Neal A. Maxwell, "The Pathway of Discipleship," Ensign, September 1998, p. 11

"Damage to ourselves is sufficient reason to resist murmuring, but another obvious danger is its contagiousness. Even faithful father Lehi, for one brief moment, got caught up in the contagion of murmuring. (See 1 Ne. 16:20.) Similarly, when Moses lapsed, very briefly, it was under exasperating pressure from rebels. (See Num. 20:7-12.) No one knows how to work a crowd better than the adversary. Instead of murmuring, therefore, being of good cheer is what is needed, and being of good cheer is equally contagious. We have clear obligations to so strengthen each other by doing things 'with cheerful hearts and countenances.' (D&C 59:15; see also D&C 81:5.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Murmur Not," Ensign, November 1989, p. 84

"As the Lord communicates with the meek and submissive, fewer decibels are required, and more nuances are received. Even the most meek, like Moses (see Num. 12:3), learn overwhelming things they 'never had supposed.' (Moses 1:10.) But it is only the meek mind which can be so shown and so stretched-not those, as Isaiah wrote, who 'are wise in their own eyes.' (Isa. 5:21; see also 2 Ne. 9:29 and 2 Ne. 15:21.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Willing to Submit," Ensign, May 1985, p. 71

"In the last days, happily, the Church will grow extensively, with its membership being 'scattered upon all the face of the earth' (1 Ne. 14:14). Nevertheless, its dominions will still be comparatively 'small' because of 'wickedness,' which will close the ears of many to the gospel message (see 1 Ne. 14:12). There will also be 'a great division among the people' (2 Ne. 30:10; see also D&C 63:54). This stressful polarization will, ironically, help in the final shaking of that strange confederacy, the 'kingdom of the devil,' in order that the honest in heart, even therein, may receive the truth (2 Ne. 28:19)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "For I Will Lead You Along," Ensign, May 1988, p. 8

"Life's disappointments often represent the debris of our failed, proximate hopes. Instead, however, I speak of the crucial need for ultimate hope. Ultimate hope is a different matter. It is tied to Jesus and the blessings of the great Atonement, blessings resulting in the universal Resurrection and the precious opportunity provided thereby for us to practice emancipating repentance, making possible what the scriptures call 'a perfect brightness of hope' (2 Ne. 31:20)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Hope through the Atonement of Jesus Christ," Ensign, November 1998, p. 61

"In the anguishing process of repentance, we may sometimes feel God has deserted us. The reality is that our behavior has isolated us from Him. Thus, while we are turning away from evil but have not yet turned fully to God, we are especially vulnerable. Yet we must not give up, but, instead, reach out to God's awaiting arm of mercy, which is outstretched 'all the day long.' (Jacob 5:47; Jacob 6:4; 2 Ne. 28:32; Morm. 5:11.) Unlike us, God has no restrictive office hours." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Repentance," Ensign, November 1991, p. 31

"Elder Neal A. Maxwell: 'The world seeks to control the diseases flowing from sexual immorality but without honoring the principles of fidelity and chastity. The world in its wisdom constantly seeks to accommodate the natural man, while gospel wisdom constantly urges us to put off the natural man. (See Mosiah 3:19.) This is a pivotal point, and it makes all the difference!' ('The Inexhaustible Gospel,' Ensign, April 1993, pp. 71-72)." - "What Prophets and Apostles Teach about Chastity and Fidelity," Ensign, October 1998, p. 40

"Benjamin was not an 'I told you so' leader. He was genuinely concerned with whether or not his words had been received and applied. He also recognized the role of the family in teaching and implementing the commitments of discipleship. (See Mosiah 2:5-6; Mosiah 6:3.) He apparently did as the Savior did when He taught intensively and then directed His hearers to go and discuss with their families that which had been taught. (See 3 Ne. 17:3.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "King Benjamin's Manual of Discipleship," Ensign, January 1992, p. 13

"Brethren, as you submit your wills to God, you are giving Him the only thing you can actually give Him that is really yours to give. Don't wait too long to find the altar or to begin to place the gift of your wills upon it! No need to wait for a receipt; the Lord has His own special ways of acknowledging. - Neal A. Maxwell, "Remember How Merciful the Lord Hath Been," General Conference, April 2004

"But this road of discipleship which we are considering here is not easy. It requires sturdy, all-weather souls who are constant in every season of life and who are not easily stalled or thrown off course. Likewise, even with this accurate view of the mortal experience we still need time and the wise use of our moral agency. We still need God's long-suffering to help us. We need all of these combined in order to gain experience in life. Amid this ongoing process, you and I can actually come to know for ourselves, like Alma of old, who 'fasted and prayed many days that I might know' that these immortal principles are true (Alma 5:46)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "The Pathway of Discipleship," Ensign, September 1998, p. 7

"It is up to us. Therein lies life's greatest and most persistent challenge. Thus when people are described as 'having lost their desire for sin,' it is they, and they only, who deliberately decided to lose those wrong desires by being willing to 'give away all [their] sins' in order to know God (Alma 22:18)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "According to the Desire of [Our] Hearts," Ensign, November 1996, p. 22

"Many in the world hold back from making the 'leap of faith' because they have already jumped to some other conclusions-often the conclusions of Korihor, which are: God never was nor ever will be; there is not a redeeming Christ; man cannot know the future; man cannot know of that which he cannot see; whatsoever a man does is no crime; and death is the end. (See Alma 30:13-18.) The number of modern-day adherents to the Korihor conclusions will grow." - Neal A. Maxwell, "The Inexhaustible Gospel," Ensign, April 1993, p. 71

"The dues of discipleship are high indeed, and how much we can take so often determines how much we can then give! I believe it was George MacDonald who observed that in the process of life, we are not always the already-tempered and helpful hammer which is shaping and pounding another. Sometimes we are merely the anvil. Thus, as already indicated, patience is a vital virtue in relation to our faith, our free agency, our attitude toward life, our humility, and our suffering. Moreover, patience will not be an obsolete attribute in the next world!" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Patience," Ensign, October 1980, p. 30

"One major cause of real fatigue, little appreciated by those so afflicted, is trying to serve two masters. This is devastating double duty. If so divided, one inevitably ends up being ineffective, even disloyal, in respect to one master or another--a most fatiguing circumstance. (Matthew 6:24.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "If Thou Endure It Well," [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 115

"Experience by experience, faith can yield to knowledge 'in that thing,' meaning the particularized verifications of gospel truths. (Alma 32:34.) It was so with the brother of Jared: 'He had faith no longer, for he knew.' (Ether 3:19.) Brigham Young assured that 'every principle God has revealed carries its own convictions of its truth to the human mind.' (In Journal of Discourses, 9:149.) Jesus clearly declared that 'if any man will do his will, he shall know.' (John 7:17.) However, Jesus described the steady process as being one of 'line upon line, precept upon precept.' (D&C 98:12.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Lest Ye Be Wearied and Faint in Your Minds," Ensign, May 1991, p. 89

"As we see ourselves, and others, passing through fiery trials, the wisdom of Peter, who had his own share of fiery trials, is very useful: 'Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you.' (1 Peter 4:12.) We do know, however, that God will not suffer us to be tempted above what we can bear. 'There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape.' (1 Corinthians 10:13.) God carefully scales 'all these things,' since we cannot bear all things now. He has told us: 'Behold, ye are little children and ye cannot bear all things now; ye must grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth.' (D&C 50:40.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1979], p. 44

"For some months, I've tried to emphasize repentance, one of the most vital and merciful doctrines of the kingdom. It is too little understood, too little applied by us all, as if it were merely a word on a bumper sticker. Since we have been told clearly by Jesus what manner of men and women we ought to become--even as He is (see 3 Ne. 27:27)--how can we do so, except each of us employs repentance as the regular means of personal progression? Personal repentance is part of taking up the cross daily. (See Luke 9:23.) Without it, clearly there could be no 'perfecting of the Saints.' (Eph. 4:12.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Repentance," Ensign, November 1991, p. 30

"With the enemy combined, it is so vital to keep 'in the right way.' (Moro. 6:4.) Orthodoxy in thought and behavior brings safety and felicity as the storms come, including 'every wind of doctrine.' (See Eph. 4:14.) Happily, amid such winds the Holy Ghost not only helps us to recognize plain truth but also plain nonsense!" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Behold, the Enemy Is Combined," Ensign, May 1993, 78

"Paul told Timothy, his young brother in the gospel, 'All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, ...for instruction in righteousness' (2 Timothy 3:16). Obviously, all our canonized scriptures today, the Church's standard works, have come to us through men who at the time were living prophets to their people. These writings plus the inspired words of prophets of this dispensation, including those now living, constitute God's word to us." - Neal A. Maxwell, "If Thou Endure It Well" [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1996], p. 73

"We tend to think only in terms of our endurance, but it is God's patient long-suffering which provides us with our chances to improve, affording us urgently needed developmental space or time. (See Alma 42:4-5.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Endure It Well," Ensign, May 1990, p. 33

"Enduring temptation is one of the greatest challenges. Jesus endured temptation but yielded not. (See Mosiah 15:5.) Christ withstood because He gave 'no heed' to temptations. (D&C 20:22.) You and I tend to dally over and dabble in temptations, entertaining them for a while, even if we later evict them. However, to give temptations any heed can set the stage for later succumbing." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Endure It Well," Ensign, May 1990, p. 34

"Take away basic moral standards, and observe how quickly tolerance changes into permissiveness." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Put Off the Natural Man, and Come Off Conqueror," Ensign, Nov. 1990, p. 15

"But Joseph Smith did not go into the grove seeking to become a prophet or to found a church! His operating assumption in the spring of 1820 was that one of the contending sects was probably right and it was his task to find out which one he should join. God's reply may seem to some harsh in its indictment. (Parenthetically, this should remind us that in a sense, God cares little for cosmetic 'public relations' and everything for human relations!) The theophany at Palmyra displayed God's perfection in the attributes of truth and love. He loved us enough to appear, and having appeared, to tell the truth. Joseph Smith was equally truthful in faithfully reporting that episode; he could do nothing else since, as he said, he knew he had had a vision and God knew that he knew. Inasmuch as we 'know' on our own scale of action, we cannot deny, by our silence, what must be shared with others as our personal Palmyra, our tiny theophany." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Talk of the Month," New Era, May 1971, p. 30

"The gospel's rich and true doctrines combine to constitute a call to a new and more abundant life, but this is a lengthy process. It requires much time, experiencing the relevant learning experiences, the keeping of covenants, and the receiving of the essential ordinances—all in order to spur us along the discipleship path of personal progression. In the journey of discipleship, we lose our old selves. The natural man and the natural woman are 'put off,' and then we find ourselves become more saintly (see Mosiah 3:19). One sees such saintliness all about him in the Church—quiet, good women and men, not particularly concerned with status, who are becoming saintly. This is what should be happening in the lives of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Becoming a Disciple," Ensign, June 1996, 15

"Shouldering the yoke of discipleship greatly enhances both our adoration and knowledge of Jesus, because then we experience, firsthand, through our parallel but smaller-scaled experiences, a small but instructive portion of what the Savior experienced. In this precious process, the more we do what Jesus did—allow our wills to be 'swallowed up in the will of the Father'—the more we will learn of Jesus (Mosiah 15:7). This emulation directly enhances our adoration of Jesus.

"Simultaneously, in this same process, the more we become like Jesus, the more we come to know Him. There may even be, more than we now know, some literalness in His assertion, 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me' (Matt. 25:40). We lack deep understanding of the implications of that remark of Jesus. As with so many things, He is telling us more than we are now prepared to receive." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Becoming a Disciple," Ensign, June 1996, 11-12

"So it is that real, personal sacrifice never was placing an animal on the altar. Instead, it is a willingness to put the animal in us upon the altar and letting it be consumed! Such is the 'sacrifice unto the Lord... of a broken heart and a contrite spirit,' (D&C 59:8), a prerequisite to taking up the cross, while giving 'away all [our] sins' in order to 'know God' (Alma 22:18) for the denial of self precedes the full acceptance of Him." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Deny Yourselves of All Ungodliness," Ensign, May 1995, 68

"The more I see of life, brethren, the more I see why there is such a scriptural stress on submissiveness, meekness, and humility. The dangers flowing from an excess of ego are so constant and real. If we would but place an ego screen over all our thoughts, words, and actions before they hurt others or embarrass us! If we are steadily becoming more and more 'the man of Christ,' the mesh in that ego screen will become finer and finer, and fewer and fewer things will slip through to harm." - Neal A. Maxwell, "I Will Arise and Go to My Father," Ensign, Sept. 1993, 66

"Being blessed with hope, let us, as disciples, reach out to all who, for whatever reason, have 'moved away from the hope of the gospel' (Col. 1:23). Let us reach to lift hands which hang hopelessly down.

"Hope beckons all of us to come home where a glow reflects the Light of the World, whose 'brightness and glory defy all description' (JS—H 1:17). Jesus waits 'with open arms to receive' those who finally overcome by faith and hope (Morm. 6:17). His welcome will consist not of a brief, loving pat but, instead, of being 'clasped in the arms of Jesus'! (Morm. 5:11)." - Neal A. Maxwell, “Brightness of Hope,” Ensign, Nov. 1994, 36

"In one degree or another we all struggle with selfishness. Since it is so common, why worry about selfishness anyway? Because selfishness is really self-destruction in slow motion. No wonder the Prophet Joseph Smith urged, 'Let every selfish feeling be not only buried, but annihilated' (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 178). Hence annihilation—not moderation—is the destination!" - Neal A. Maxwell, "'Repent of [Our] Selfishness' (D&C 56:8)," Ensign, May 1999, 23

"Genuine hope gives spiritual spunk, including to deserving parents drenched in honest sweat from being 'anxiously engaged.' Just as the leaning Tower of Pisa is a persistent rebuke to architectural pessimism, so parental hope—by refusing to topple merely because of the gravity of the current family situation—is a repudiation of despair. Giving parents never give up hope!" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Brightness of Hope," Ensign, Nov. 1994, 36

"Pressing forward, therefore, includes pressing forward in building relationships with others-not passivity, not pausing or even trudging along with heart, eyes, and mind partially closed. To travel the pathway in the latter manner is to miss the walking wounded. To press forward with heart and eyes cast down is to be so filled with self-concern and self-pity that we have no time or empathy for those who really do have problems, and we therefore 'pass them by and notice them not.'" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward," p.87)

"Amid the frustrations at having done what is right only to see things go wrong, faith is taxed unless it is augmented by patience. We often need to wait for better perspective than the present provides. Then, as the darkness of disappointment yields to the dawn's light, purposes previously hidden become apparent. However, if in our frustrations we 'rush to judgment' by being upset or angry, we let loose a flood of toxic emotions. The workhorse virtues of faith and patience can prevent, dilute, dissolve, as well as 'mop up' after such toxic floods of feelings." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Lord, Increase Our Faith," p.118

"Even given our unprofitability, our Redeemer is still there. In fact, Jesus transcending service to us stretches back to premortal days. When God brought before us His plan of salvation, Jesus was there, volunteering meekly and humbly, 'Here am I, send me' (Abr. 3:27), saying, 'Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever' (Moses 4:2)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Yet Thou Art There," Ensign (CR), November 1987, p.30

"We tend to think of consecration only as yielding up, when divinely directed, our material possessions. But ultimate consecration is the yielding up of oneself to God. Heart, soul, and mind were the encompassing words of Christ in describing the first commandment, which is constantly, not periodically, operative (see Matt. 22:37). If kept, then our performances will, in turn, be fully consecrated for the lasting welfare of our souls (see 2 Ne. 32:9)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Consecrate Thy Performance," Ensign (CR), May 2002, p.36

"Just as doubt, despair, and desensitization go together, so do faith, hope, and charity. The latter, however, must be carefully and constantly nurtured, whereas despair, like dandelions, needs so little encouragement to sprout and spread. Despair comes so naturally to the natural man!" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Brightness of Hope," Ensign (CR), November 1994, p.34

"The overwhelming joy of conversion or a new calling is often followed by feelings of being overwhelmed with duties and doctrines. The first joyous feelings are real and give one much-needed initial momentum. But the genuine exhilaration is soon followed by the need to perspire and to pedal." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward," p.x

"The Lord, who knows all that through which we will pass, will help us to overcome in our 'small moment' of time (D&C 122:4). If we are settled, we will 'endure it well' (D&C 121:8) and 'hold fast' (1 Thes. 5:21). Endured righteously, 'all these things shall give [us] experience, and shall be for [our] good' (D&C 122:7). 'Think it not strange' when disciples are called upon to pass through 'the fiery trial,' said Peter (1 Pet. 4:12).

"Even so, the Saints of God, as prophesied, will eventually 'cry unto the Lord day and night until deliverance comes' (Prophetic Sayings of Heber C. Kimball, n.p., n.d., p. 6).

"The spiritually settled will finally overcome, and the glorious promise is, 'To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne' (Rev. 3:21)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Overcome... Even As I Also Overcame," Ensign (CR), May 1987, p.70

"So let us look at ourselves. For the Church, the scriptures suggest both an accelerated sifting and accelerated spiritual and numerical growth—with all this preceding the time when the people of God will be 'armed with righteousness'—not weapons—and when the Lord's glory will be poured out upon them (1 Ne. 14:14; see also 1 Pet. 4:17; D&C 112:25). The Lord is determined to have a tried, pure, and proven people (see D&C 100:16; D&C 101:4; D&C 136:31), and 'there is nothing that the Lord thy God shall take in his heart to do but what he will do it' (Abr. 3:17).

"How can we, as individual members of the Church, survive spiritually if we do not honor our covenants? How can we survive spiritually if we break outright the covenants made at the time of baptism or in the holy temples? How can we be on the Lord's side during the 'great division' if we mirror the world's materialism and selfishness (see 2 Ne. 30:10)?" - Neal A. Maxwell, "For I Will Lead You Along," Ensign (CR), May 1988, p.7

"In the midst of God's plan and the universe's incredible vastness is incredible personalness. For example, '[God] looketh down upon all the children of men; and he knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart' (Alma 18:32; see also Isa. 66:18)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "How Choice a Seer!," Ensign (CR), November 2003, p.99

"Alma revealed that Jesus knows how to succor us in the midst of our griefs and sicknesses precisely because Jesus has already borne our griefs and sicknesses (see Alma 7:11-12). He knows them firsthand; thus His empathy is earned. Of course, we do not comprehend it fully any more than we understand how He bore all mortal sins, but His Atonement remains the rescuing and reassuring reality." - Neal A. Maxwell, "From Whom All Blessings Flow," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.11

"And when the gossamer veil called time is 'too much with us,' let us recall that, ere long, time will be no more. Time is measured only to man anyway. (See  Rev. 10:6; Alma 40:8; D&C 84:100.) Meanwhile, let us make allowance for the rapidity with which time seems to pass, especially when we are happy. Jacob found it so: 'And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.' (Gen. 29:20.) On such a scale each of us has but a few days left in mortality." - Neal A. Maxwell, Hope, p.216

"What we mortals encounter as the unforeseen, God has already seen, such as how the oil deposits of this earth would shape the latter-day conflicts among nations. God's 'is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations' (Isa. 14:26). He likewise foresaw all the awful famines, some resulting from the unwise, unnecessary erosions of precious topsoil. He surely foresaw the terrible persecutions of the Jews. Having created the earth, He has anticipated the impact of continental drifts on the frequency and intensity of latter-day earthquakes. He who analogized that 'the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest' (Isa. 57:20) also knows where and when, in latter days, the seas' tidal waves will heave themselves savagely 'beyond their bounds' (D&C 88:90).

"Without the revelations, however, the answers as to the why of our existence and the why of human suffering would elude even the best intellectual excursions:

"'Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. How unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways. And no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, brethren, despise not the revelations of God' (Jacob 4:8)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Yet Thou Art There," Ensign (CR), November 1987, p.30

"[Jesus] rejoices in our genuine goodness and achievement, but any assessment of where we stand in relation to Him tells us that we do not stand at all! We kneel!

"Can we, even in the depths of disease, tell Him anything at all about suffering? In ways we cannot comprehend, our sicknesses and infirmities were borne by Him even before these were borne by us. (See Alma 7:11-12; Matt. 8:17.) The very weight of our combined sins caused Him to descend below all. (See D&C 122:8.) We have never been, nor will we be, in depths such as He has known. Thus His atonement made His empathy and His capacity to succor us perfect, for which we can be everlastingly grateful as He tutors us in our trials. There was no ram in the thicket at Calvary to spare Him, this Friend of Abraham and Isaac." - Neal A. Maxwell, "O, Divine Redeemer," Ensign (CR), November 1981, p.8

"We may not know how to account for our moods at times, but the fact that these moods pass through us ought not to destabilize us so far as the deep doctrines of the Church are concerned. If down moods cannot be driven out at once, we can at least accelerate their transit times.

"It is so easy for one person's bad day to become another person's bad day. A spreading electrical power outage ends up affecting everybody, because early on, the discipline required was abandoned in favor of passing the problem along. Emotional electricity is much like the real thing.

"In any objective assessment of life, we can always be reassured as to the things that matter most: Immortality is ours through the gift and grace of Jesus Christ; there is a loving, caring Father in heaven; and we will live eternally under His perfect rule. We have such high promises and absolutely no reason for ultimate discouragement. Therefore, proximate pessimism ought not to envelop us. We ought not to be blitzed by our moods." - Neal A. Maxwell, Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward, p.63

"Yes, brothers and sisters, this is a gospel of grand expectations, but God's grace is sufficient for each of us. Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage, and our personal progress should be yet another way we witness to the wonder of it all!

"True, there are no instant Christians, but there are constant Christians!

"If we so live, we too can say in personal prospectus, 'And I soon go to the place of my rest, which is with my Redeemer; for ... then shall I see his face with pleasure' (Enos 1:27; italics added) for then will our confidence 'wax strong in the presence of God,' (D&C 121:45; italics added), and He who cannot lie will attest to our adequacy with the warm words 'Well done.'" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Notwithstanding My Weakness," Ensign (CR), November 1976, p.12

"In a 'wheat and tares' world, how unusually blessed faithful members are to have the precious and constant gift of the Holy Ghost with reminders of what is right and of the covenants we have made. 'For behold, ... the Holy Ghost ... will show unto you all things what ye should do.' (2 Ne. 32:5.) Whatever the decibels of decadence, these need not overwhelm the still, small voice! Some of the best sermons we will ever hear will be thus prompted from the pulpit of memory—to an audience of one!" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Behold, the Enemy Is Combined," Ensign (CR), May 1993, p.76

"Like Jesus, we can decide, daily or instantly, to give no heed to temptation (see  D&C 20:22). We can respond to irritation with a smile instead of scowl, or by giving warm praise instead of icy indifference. By our being understanding instead of abrupt, others, in turn, may decide to hold on a little longer rather than to give way. Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness." - Neal A. Maxwell, "The Tugs and Pulls of the World," Ensign, November 2000

"Since Jesus is at the very center of it all, we must make Him and His ways the light by which we steer and the light that we hold up to others. To proceed in any other way is to proceed with less light-much less light. Life is too filled with perplexities and variables for one to prevail without the guiding light of the gospel. The wisdom of men, by itself, is simply not adequate for all circumstances. Too many unintended, unforeseen, and undesired consequences flow from even the most sincere but erroneous efforts. The Spirit can teach of things as they really are, not just as we otherwise imperfectly perceive them." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward," p.28

"The cumulative weight of all mortal sins—past, present, and future—pressed upon that perfect, sinless, and sensitive Soul! All our infirmities and sicknesses were somehow, too, a part of the awful arithmetic of the Atonement. (See Alma 7:11-12; Isa. 53:3-5; Matt. 8:17.) The anguished Jesus not only pled with the Father that the hour and cup might pass from Him, but with this relevant citation. 'And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me.' (Mark 14:35-36.)

"Had not Jesus, as Jehovah, said to Abraham, 'Is any thing too hard for the Lord?' (Gen. 18:14.) Had not His angel told a perplexed Mary, 'For with God nothing shall be impossible?' (Luke 1:37; see also Matt. 19:28; Mark 10:27; Luke 18:27.)

"Jesus request was not theater!

"In this extremity, did He, perchance, hope for a rescuing ram in the thicket? I do not know. His suffering—as it were, enormity multiplied by infinity—evoked His later soul-cry on the cross, and it was a cry of forsakenness. (See Matt. 27:46.)

"Even so, Jesus maintained this sublime submissiveness, as He had in Gethsemane: 'Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.' (Matt. 26:39.)"  - Neal A. Maxwell, "Willing to Submit," Ensign (CR), May 1985, p.70

"To 'come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him' (Moroni 10:32) means moving toward Him, becoming more like Him, step by step. Delaying will not lessen the vast distance to be traveled. Procrastinating will not bring the emergence of new alternatives. All the anxiety and energy expended in milling about does not move us one inch forward on the path of discipleship. (See Joel 3:14.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Men and Women of Christ," p.100

"It is up to us. God will facilitate, but He will not force.

"Righteous desires need to be relentless, therefore, because, said President Brigham Young, 'the men and women, who desire to obtain seats in the celestial kingdom, will find that they must battle every day' (in Journal of Discourses, 11:14). Therefore, true Christian soldiers are more than weekend warriors." - Neal A. Maxwell, "According to the Desire of [Our] Hearts," Ensign (CR), November 1996, p.21

"In his day Alma found that the word of God in the scriptures and from living prophets had a 'more powerful effect upon the minds of [his] people than anything else' (Alma 31:5). In our day, 'What can [they] say more?' (Jacob 6:12.) Our challenge is to be quick to draw upon the real power of special, prophetic words to help us, including those which can help us to endure well." - Neal A. Maxwell, If Thou Endure It Well , p.74

"Many today are as indecisive about the evils emerging around us—are as reluctant to renounce fully a wrong way of life—as was Lot's wife. Perhaps in this respect, as well as in the indicators of corruption of which sexual immorality is but one indicator, our present parallels are most poignant and disturbing. It was Jesus himself who said, 'Remember Lot's wife.' Indeed we should—and remember too all that the Savior implied with those three powerful words." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Of One Heart/Look Back at Sodom"

"To be cheerful when others are in despair, to keep the faith when others falter, to be true even when we feel forsaken—all of these are deeply desired outcomes during the deliberate, divine tutorials which God gives to us—because He loves us. (See
Mosiah 3:19.) These learning experiences must not be misread as divine indifference. Instead, such tutorials are a part of the divine unfolding." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Be of Good Cheer," Ensign (CR), November 1982, p.66

"Having ultimate hope does not mean we will always be rescued from proximate problems, but we will be rescued from everlasting death! Meanwhile, ultimate hope makes it possible to say the same three words used centuries ago by three valiant men. They knew God could rescue them from the fiery furnace, if He chose. 'But if not,' they said, nevertheless, they would still serve Him! (
Dan. 3:18.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Brightness of Hope," Ensign (CR), November 1994, p.34

"Life's necessary defining moments come within our allotments, and we make on the record choices within these allotments. Our responses are what matter. Sufficient unto each life are the tests thereof! (see Matt. 6:34)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "
Content with the Things Allotted unto Us," Ensign (CR), May 2000, p.72

"How can we know that God is aware of us and loves us? He tells us by the scriptures—likewise, by our honestly counting the blessings and bestowals of His grace in our lives. Most of all, He tells us by the still, small voice of the Spirit! (see Alma 34:38; D&C 78:17-19)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Encircled in the Arms of His Love," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.16

"In the days that lie ahead things will not always go smoothly while we are building the kingdom. Usually individually but sometimes collectively, because of unforeseen circumstances, we may at times be held up in our journey, as it were, at a Winter Quarters. We may expect to move on sooner and cover more territory. There will be the equivalents of long, hard, hot days in crossing the plains of the secular wilderness. The best of our intentions will sometimes be countered by severe circumstances that may correspond in their call for heroism to those at Martin's Cove when our pioneer ancestors pressed forward anyway.

"But despite the hardships there is a valley that lies ahead toward which we must move. Even after sadness and grief, as President Boyd K. Packer urged, we are to "pick up our handcarts and head west." That is a fixed principle, and without fixed principles and a steady spiritual focus for life we will be diverted by the cares of the world and intimidated by boldly striding secularism." - Neal A. Maxwell, "If Thou Endure It Well," p.13-14

"Something I have heard President Hinckley do many times publicly is to give all the glory, the praise, and the honor to God. This is something I am going to do more often, including today, incorporating my appreciation for God's tutoring and blessings.

"Uncertainty as to our longevity is one of life's basic realities for all of us. Hence, you and I should importune in faith for the blessings we deeply desire, but then be 'content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto [us]' (Alma 29:3). Clearly our individual exit routes from this life vary; so does the timing." - Neal A. Maxwell, "From Whom All Blessings Flow," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.11

"Brothers and sisters, Christ paid such an enormous, enabling price for us! Will we not apply His Atonement in order to pay the much smaller price required for personal progress? (see Mosiah 4:2). Being valiant in our testimony of Jesus, therefore, includes being valiant in our efforts to live more as He lived (see D&C 76:79). We certainly cannot enter His kingdom without receiving the restored ordinances and keeping their associated covenants, but neither can we enter His kingdom without having significantly developed our charity and the other cardinal attributes (see Ether 12:34). Yes, we need the essential ordinances, but we also need the essential attributes. Yes, we need to keep our covenants, but we also need to develop our character. Do we not sing, 'More holiness give me,' pleading that we can be 'more, Savior, like thee'? (Hymns, no. 131).
" - Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Apply the Atoning Blood of Christ”, Ensign (CR), November 1997, p.22

"With regard to the signs that are preceding the second coming of Jesus, most will miss them and a few will overreact. Have you ever had the experience of looking at your watch without really noting what time it was? The world in its intense preoccupation will see some of the signs preceding the second coming without really noticing them. Because our view of brotherhood is that men are not merely biological brothersbecause we know that we are more than stranded passengers on an earthship that is about to blink, quiver, and diewe can accept each other in a more full and complete way. We look for the day when as children of our Father in heaven, the designations Appalachian, Asian, or American will no longer be significant, nor will using words like Dutch or Nigerian. When that day comes, salutations from our Heavenly Father to us will be 'son', 'daughter', and among ourselves, 'brothers', 'sisters'." - Neal A. Maxwell, Wherefore, "Ye Must Press Forward", p.127

"In conclusion, the submission of one's will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God's altar. The many other things we 'give,' brothers and sisters, are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us. However, when you and I finally submit ourselves, by letting our individual wills be swallowed up in God's will, then we are really giving something to Him! It is the only possession which is truly ours to give!" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Swallowed Up in the Will of the Father," Ensign (CR), November 1995, p.22

"Meekness ranks low on the mortal scale of things, yet high on God's: 'For none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart.' (Moroni 7:44.) The rigorous requirements of Christian discipleship are clearly unattainable without meekness. In fact, meekness is needed in order to be spiritually successful, whether in matters of the intellect, in the management of power, in the dissolution of personal pride, or in coping with the challenges of daily life. Jesus, the carpenterwho, with Joseph, 'undoubtedly had experience making yokes'—gave us that marvelous metaphor: 'Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.' (Matthew 11:29.) The yoke of obedience to Him is far better than servitude to sin, but the demands are real. Serious disciples are urged not only to do good, but also not to grow weary of doing good. (Galatians 6:9; Helaman 10:5.)" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Meek and Lowly," p.ix

"Even though our yoke is tiny compared to His, the bearing process is the same. Still, some of us puzzle over the full meaning of the words, 'For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light' (Matthew 11:30). True, as John wrote, 'his commandments are not grievous' (1 John 5:3). Likewise, God is quick to bless us immediately in one way or another (see Mosiah 2:24). But the most profound relief waits to be claimed: our afflictions can be 'swallowed up in the joy of Christ' (Alma 31:38). Only then the yoke and its burdens truly are eased.
" - Neal A. Maxwell, "If Thou Endure It Well," p.3

"Thus, ever acknowledging God's redeeming hand is very important, but, alas, so doing is diminished by the unwise mortal reliance on 'the arm of flesh' (2 Ne. 4:34; D&C 1:19). Ah, the arrogant arm of flesh, like the quarterback whose arm was so strong it was boasted that he could throw a football through a car wash and it would come out dry on the other side! Such naïveté, such triviality symbolize not only the arm, but also the mind of flesh, which misses 'things as they really are, and … things as they really will be' (Jacob 4:13)." - Elder Neal A. Maxwell, "From Whom All Blessings Flow," Ensign (CR), May 1997, p.11

There are so many things to be endured: illness, injustice, insensitivity, poverty, aloneness, unresponsiveness, being misrepresented and misunderstood, and, sometimes, even enemies. Paul reminds us that meek and lowly Jesus, though the Lord of the universe, 'endured contradiction of sinners against himself.' (Heb. 12:3.) Smaller variations of these contradictions or hostilities will be felt by His disciples." - Neal A. Maxwell, “Endure It Well”, Ensign (CR), May 1990, p.33

"The cross is something we cannot shoulder and then stand still with. Of the Savior we read the following: 'And he bearing his cross went forth'  (John 19:17).  The cross is easier to carry if we keep moving.… We must realize, finally, that we can only contemplate the cross just so long; rhetoric will not raise it. It must soon either be taken up or turned away from! ('Taking Up the Cross,' pp. 259-60.)" - Cory H. Maxwell, ed., "The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book," p.56

"Jesus, our Shepherd, has 'marked the path and led the way, And ev'ry point defines' (Hymns, 1985, no. 195). His clearly defined footprints are easy to see. They are pressed distinctly and deeply into the soil of the second estate, deeply and distinctly because of the enormous weight which pressed down upon Him, including the awful burden of all of our individual sins." - Neal A. Maxwell, "For I Will Lead You Along," Ensign (CR), May 1988, p.7

"Conscience permits the Lord to be there, whether in early warnings or final warnings. He gives us a flash of insight or a twinge of remembrance, pulling us back from a precipice or prompting us to do good. Conscience can warn that we are only falling further behind by insisting on getting even. Conscience warns us not to sink our cleats too deeply in mortal turf, which is so dangerously artificial." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Yet Thou Art There," Ensign (CR), November 1987, p.30

"While Lot's wife and the small party of which she was a member were told not to look back at Sodom for a very good reason, we in our time have good reason to look back at Sodom!" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Deposition of a Disciple," p.63

“To think of enduring to the end as ‘hanging in there,’ doing one’s duty relentlessly, is not inaccurate. Yet enduring to the end is more than outlasting and surviving, though it includes those qualities. We are called upon, as was the Prophet Joseph, to ‘endure it well,’ gracefully, not grudgingly. (D&C 121:8.) We are also told that we must ‘endure in faith.’ (D&C 101:35.) These dimensions of enduring are important to note. Likewise, we are asked to endure ‘valiantly.’ (D&C 121:29.)” -  Neal A. Maxwell, “Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward,” p. 109

“Thus, as the Church comes forth out of obscurity, as its light can no longer be hidden, and as the Lord bares His arm and the events foreseen by Him begin to roll forth in the final days, those whose concerns for the Church consist mostly of wishing to be well liked will have a hard time. There is no way that the Church and its prophets can help the bad people of the world to feel good. There is no way that the gospel's behavioral standards can be fudged. Natural as our desire for rapport, friendship, and affection is, we must be more concerned with ‘being alienated from the life of God.’ (Ephesians 4:18.) Being accepted by God is more important than being accepted by the world…” - Neal A. Maxwell, “Notwithstanding My Weakness,” p. 37

“The valiant among us keep moving forward anyway, because they know the Lord loves them, even when they ‘do not know the meaning of all things’ (1 Ne. 11:17). As you and I observe the valiant cope successfully with severe and relentless trials, we applaud and celebrate their emerging strength and goodness. Yet the rest of us tremble at the tuition required for the shaping of such sterling character, while hoping we would not falter should similar circumstances come to us!” - Neal A. Maxwell, “Plow in Hope,” Ensign (CR), May 2001, p. 5

“Of this mortal developmental process, which requires so much ongoing repentance, the rhetorical question might be asked, ‘Is there not another way?’ But we are clearly told that the Lord’s name and God’s plan are the only way. The answer, therefore, is a stark ‘No!’ ‘And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God’ (2 Nephi 31:21).” - Neal A. Maxwell, “Not My Will, But Thine,” p. 71

“When we willingly submit ourselves to God, even ‘as a child doth submit to his father’ (Mosiah 3:19), we are not yielding just to any father but to a perfect Father! While it is a yielding, happy irony, one is thereby ‘added upon’ (Abraham 3:26).” - Neal A. Maxwell, “That Ye May Believe,” p. 122

“When He comes again, unlike coming to the signifying meekness of the manger, He will come in overwhelming majesty and power. In at least one appearance, He will come in red apparel to remind us that He shed His blood for us.  (D&C 133:48;  Isa. 63:1.)  Among the astounding, accompanying events, stars will fall from the heavens, as Christ will declare, ‘I have trodden the wine-press alone, and none was with me.’  (D&C 133:50.)  What will we and those who witness these marvelous events speak of, then and later? Not the falling stars! Instead, we will speak of Jesus' ‘loving kindness.’ For how long will we so exclaim? ‘Forever and ever.’  (D&C 133:52.)  The more we come to know of Jesus and the Atonement, the more we shall praise and adore Him ‘forever and ever.’” – “The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book,” p. 301

"And when we tear ourselves free from the entanglements of the world, are we promised a religion of repose or an Eden of ease? No! We are promised tears and trials and toil! But we are also promised final triumph, the mere contemplation of which tingles one's soul."
- Neal A. Maxwell, "Why Not Now?," Ensign (CR), November 1974, p. 12

"A man who is too busy to notice a neighbor also has no time to smell the flowers. Smallness of soul keeps us from contemplating both bird and brother, when God would have us exult over all his creations." -
"The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book," p. 226

"Some say that the leap of faith is when we begin to believe in God, and that is, indeed, a very significant moment. However, the real leap occurs when the beginning believer forsakes his self-centeredness and begins loving God with all his heart, mind, soul, and strength. Compliance with that first commandment takes us on a journey that is so demanding that many never even try it. It is a journey that requires a complete letting go of the old self and old ways. No wonder God has declared that all the law and the prophets hang on the first and second commandments!" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Notwithstanding My Weakness," p.31

In our approach to life, patience also helps us to realize that while we may be ready to move on, having had enough of a particular learning experience, our continuing presence is often a needed part of the learning environment of others. Patience is thus closely connected with two other central attributes of Christianity—love and humility. - Neal A. Maxwell, "Notwithstanding My Weakness," p.66

Jesus did not retire to some corner of the universe for a well-earned vacation after performing the great Atonement, but He has remained constantly vigilant and vigorous, personally mindful of all of us. - Neal A. Maxwell, "One More Strain of Praise," p.42

For what happens in cultural decline both leaders and followers are really accountable. Historically, of course, it is easy to criticize bad leaders, but we should not give followers a free pass. Otherwise, in their rationalization of their degeneration they may say they were just following orders, while the leader was just ordering followers! However, much more is required of followers in a democratic society wherein individual character matters so much in both leaders and followers. - Neal A. Maxwell, “Repent of [Our] Selfishness” (D&C 56:8), Ensign (CR) May 1999

There are reasons for your commitment to be made now, for as the rush of hours, days, and months grows stronger, the will to commit grows weaker. Events to transpire soon on this planet will dry up the options for the lukewarm, for the issues raised by Jesus are irrepressible issues! - Neal A. Maxwell, "Why Not Now?" Ensign (CR) November 1974

Consecration involves pressing forward "with a steadfastness in Christ" with a "brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men … [while] feasting upon the word of Christ" (2 Ne. 31:20). Jesus pressed forward sublimely. He did not shrink, such as by going only 60 percent of the distance toward the full atonement. Instead, He "finished [His] preparations" for all mankind, bringing a universal resurrection-not one in which 40 percent of us would have been left out (see D&C 19:18-19). - Neal A. Maxwell, "Swallowed Up in the Will of the Father," Ensign (CR), November 1995, p.22

Mercy can purge the soul of sin, making room for a fresh start. Truth is vital in order that we have an unvarying standard by which to determine what we are to be and to do and what we are to rid ourselves of. - Neal A. Maxwell, "Sermons Not Spoken," p.18

Alas, in a secular world Jesus is regarded by many, at best, as a distant figure; He is even denigrated. How transcendingly special, therefore, that the revelations of the Restoration confirm this cosmic fact: “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). - Neal A. Maxwell, "How Choice a Seer!" Ensign (CR) October 2003

Building on His firm foundation requires us to emulate Christ’s character. There is no joy nor is there any security in giving Him mere lip service. Emulating Him is the key, and our emerging character is the refined structure of our souls. After all the circumstantial scaffolding comes down, character is what is left. - Neal A. Maxwell, "The Precious Promise," Ensign, April 2004

Brothers and sisters, whatever we embrace instead of Jesus and His work will keep us from qualifying to enter His kingdom and therefore from being embraced by Him. (See Morm. 6:17.) - Neal A. Maxwell, "Settle This in Your Hearts," Ensign (CR), November 1992, p.65

Yes, “the enemy is combined,” but when we are combined with the Lord’s “chariots of fire,” then “they that be with us are more than they that be with them”! (2 Kgs. 6:16–17.) Furthermore, the divine promise is that no weapon formed against the Lord’s work shall finally prosper; this “is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.” (Isa. 54:17; D&C 71:9.) - Neal A. Maxwell, "Behold, the Enemy Is Combined (D&C 38:12)," Ensign (CR) May 1993

His work proceeds forward almost as if in the comparative calmness of the eye of a storm. First, He reigns in the midst of His saints; soon, in all the world! (See D&C 1:36; D&C 133:2–3.) - Neal A. Maxwell, "O, Divine Redeemer," Ensign (CR) November 1981

Some seek to brush aside conscience, refusing to hear its voice. But that deflection is, in itself, an act of choice, because we so desired. Even when the light of Christ flickers only faintly in the darkness, it flickers nevertheless. If one averts his gaze therefrom, it is because he so desires. - Neal A. Maxwell, "According to the Desire of [Our] Hearts," Ensign (CR) November 1996

Premortality is not a relaxing doctrine. For each of us, there are choices to be made, incessant and difficult chores to be done, ironies and adversities to be experienced, time to be well spent, talents and gifts to be well employed. Just because we were chosen “there and then,” surely does not mean we can be indifferent “here and now.” Whether foreordination for men, or foredesignation for women, those called and prepared must also prove “chosen, and faithful.” (See Rev. 17:14; D&C 121:34–36.) - Neal A. Maxwell, “Premortality, a Glorious Reality,” Ensign (CR) November 1985

Though otherwise a “lively” attribute, hope stands quietly with us at funerals. Our tears are just as wet, but not because of despair. Rather, they are tears of heightened appreciation evoked by poignant separation. Those tears of separation change, ere long, becoming tears of glorious anticipation. - Neal A. Maxwell, “Hope through the Atonement of Jesus Christ,” Ensign (CR) November 1998

Quiet Christianity is a necessary counterpoint to the rumble of the kettle drums and the crash of cymbals of those Christian  acts  which are, by their very nature, visible and hard to ignore. We also need the behavioral equivalent of the flute and the violin in order to have the kind of symphony that can make a difference in mortality. - Neal A. Maxwell, "A Time to Choose," p. 28

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 Kgs. 6:17, 16). Brothers and sisters, the spiritual arithmetic has not changed! - Neal A. Maxwell, "Care for the Life of the Soul," Ensign (CR), May 2003, p.68

Belief in the goodness and power of God is greatly facilitated by understanding His plan of salvation with its crucial allowance for mankind’s moral agency, real moral agency—with real mistakes and with real consequences! His plan includes real tests, real dilemmas, real anguish, and real joy. - Neal A. Maxwell, “Yet Thou Art There,” Ensign (CR) October 1987

Let us remember in our age of spin, the only spin God desires is our freely turning away from sin and turning to Him. Therefore, the Lord does not seek to overwhelm us but instead to help us overcome the world! (see D&C 64:2; Rev. 3:21). - Neal A. Maxwell, “Content with the Things Allotted unto Us,” Ensign (CR) April 2000

In the months and years ahead, events will require of each member [of the Church] that he or she decide whether or not he or she will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions (see 1 Kgs. 18:21)….  Not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ. ("Meeting the Challenges of Today," p. 149.) - "The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book," p. 273

The hard doctrines, however, insist that we ask some hard questions. How can a nation nurture family values without consistently valuing and protecting the family in its public policies? How can we value the family without valuing parenting? And how can we value parenting if we do not value marriage? How can there be "love at home" without love in a marriage? So many selfish tugs draw fathers and mothers away from each other and away from their children. - Neal A. Maxwell, "Take Especial Care of Your Family," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p. 88

Vagueness about the true nature of God—"what" we worship—has taken a terrible toll in the world. Such vagueness subtly feeds faithlessness and adds to the sense of purposelessness that needlessly permeates so many lives. Someday we shall see how much boredom and drift (as well as both dread and disdain of death) are rooted in the incorrect and inadequate perceptions of God. Those in ancient Israel were not alone in following false gods "to [their] hurt.” - Neal A. Maxwell, "Even As I Am," p. 3

We shall see in our time a maximum if indirect effort made to establish irreligon as the state religion. It is actually a new form of paganism that uses the carefully preserved and cultivated freedoms of Western civilization to shrink freedom even as it rejects the value essence of our rich Judeo-Christian heritage…. Irreligion as the state religion would be the worst of all combinations. Its orthodoxy would be insistent and its inquisitors inevitable. Its paid ministry would be numerous beyond belief. Its Caesars would be insufferably condescending. Its majorities—when faced with clear alternatives—would make the Barabbas choice, as did a mob centuries ago when Pilate confronted them with the need to decide. ("Meeting the Challenges of Today," p. 149.) - "The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book," p. 303

When we arrive home, we shall be weary and bruised. But at last our aching homesicknesses will cease. Meanwhile, our mortal homecomings are but faint foreshadowings of that Homecoming! - Neal A. Maxwell, "Called and Prepared from the Foundation of the World," Ensign (CR), May 1986, p. 34

Prayer may not be a hard doctrine, but it can be a very deep and soul-satisfying experience. It is the means by which we can draw close to our Heavenly Father and understand better His deep doctrines. - Neal A. Maxwell, "All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience," p.91

While so striving daily, we will fall short. Hence the avoidance of discouragement is so vital. So where is the oft and much needed resilience to be found? Once again, in the glorious Atonement! Thereby we can know the lifting tide flowing from forgiveness. - Neal A. Maxwell, "Apply the Atoning Blood of Christ," Ensign (CR), November 1997, p. 22

Laman and Lemuel were intimidated by Laban's power, but their fear of power merely showed the power of fear. Since "perfect love casteth out all fear," their limited capacity to love was thereby very evident (see Moro. 8:16; see also 1 Jn. 4:18). Though unprincipled, most sadly, they were unloving! - Neal A. Maxwell, "Lessons from Laman and Lemuel," Ensign (CR), November 1999, p.6

It is important for you to be philosophical defenders as well as practicers of chastity. Articulate advocacy is surely needed now to counter some of the damaging balderdash we see and hear in the world pertaining to immoral life-styles. - Neal A. Maxwell, “The Stern But Sweet Seventh Commandment”

At the gate to heaven, Christ, the King of kings, waits for us with open arms. He awaits not only to certify us, but also to bestow a Shepherd's divine affection upon His sheep as we come Home. The reality that, if we are worthy, we should one day be so warmly received by the Lord of lords and King of kings is marvelous beyond comprehension! - Neal A. Maxwell, "Even As I Am," p.33

The living God never leaves us alone even when we seek to move away from him. When the living God called Jonah to go to Nineveh, the prophet, out of fear of men, strove to go to Tarshish instead. The living God was not busy elsewhere or slumbering; he delivered Jonah unceremoniously to Nineveh! That is the sort of thing the living God does.

A passive life force or an indulgent grandfather God wouldn't worry about that sort of detail-as long as we are being basically good boys and girls who might find some good to do in Tarshish. But we have a precise and loving Father in heaven who knows what we need and who loves us enough to get us to Nineveh instead of settling for the chores of Tarshish. - Neal A. Maxwell, "Things As They Really Are," p.36

Anxious Uzzah, who steadied the ark in ancient Israel, was smitten for his actions. (2 Samuel 6:6; 1 Chronicles 13:9.) Some may reason that he was only trying—though mistakenly—to help out. But given the numerous times the Lord had saved and spared Israel, including the high dramas of the Red Sea and of the manna from heaven, surely He knew how to keep the ark in balance! - Neal A. Maxwell, "Meek and Lowly," p.15

On the other side of the veil, there are perhaps seventy billion people. They need the same gospel, and releases occur here to aid the Lord's work there. Each release of a righteous individual from this life is also a call to new labors. Those who have true hope understand this.
Therefore, though we miss the departed righteous so much here, hundreds may feel their touch there. One day, those hundreds will thank the bereaved for gracefully forgoing the extended association with choice individuals here, in order that they could help hundreds there. In God's ecology, talent and love are never wasted. The hopeful understand this, too. - Neal A. Maxwell, “Notwithstanding My Weakness,” p.55

Granted, finite minds do not fully understand the infinite mind of God. We are not fully comprehending when our agency brushes against His divinity. Yet we should trust Him as our provincial petitions meet His universal omniscience. - Neal A. Maxwell, “That Ye May Believe,” p.179

Some of us too often make the mistake of putting our relationships at the mercy of schedules and circumstances. Like it or not, we do experience people fatigue as well as physical fatigue. As often as not, our partners and families tend to get what is left at the end of a busy day or week. Our most important relationships deserve some prime time. Sometimes those who need our prime time the most will not in their modesty or role reluctance be the highest bidders, and we will have to go out of our way to accommodate such. - Neal A. Maxwell, “Wherefore, Ye Must Press Forward,” p.91

One of the last, subtle strongholds of selfishness is the natural feeling that we “own” ourselves. Of course we are free to choose and are personally accountable. Yes, we have individuality. But those who have chosen to “come unto Christ” soon realize that they do not “own” themselves.Instead, they belong to Him. We are to become consecrated along with our gifts, our appointed days, and our very selves. Hence, there is a stark difference between stubbornly “owning” oneself and submissively belonging to God. Clinging to the old self is not a mark of independence, but of indulgence! – Neal A. Maxwell, “Put Off the Natural Man, and Come Off Conqueror,” Ensign (CR) November 1990

Brothers and sisters, on very thin pages, thick with meaning, are some almost hidden scriptures. Hence we are urged to search, feast, and ponder (see John 5:39; Alma 14:1; Alma 33:2; Moro. 10:3; 2 Ne. 9:51). Especially, however, we should also do more of what Nephi did, namely “liken all scriptures unto [ourselves]” (1 Ne. 19:23). –
Neal A. Maxwell, “Lessons from Laman and Lemuel,” Ensign (CR) November 1999

If we are of good cheer, we will find no use for nostalgia for another time, even though a wistful lamentation such as this one is understandable:

“Oh, that I could have had my days in the days when my father Nephi first came out of the land of Jerusalem, … then were his people easy to be entreated, firm to keep the commandments of God, and slow to be led to do iniquity. …

“But behold, I am consigned that these are my days.” (Hel. 7:7, 9.)

Brothers and sisters, these are our days. This is our time on earth! These are our tasks to be done! –
Neal A. Maxwell, “Be of Good Cheer,” Ensign (CR) November 1982

In a decaying environment, the mind is the last redoubt of righteousness, and it must be preserved even amid bombardment by evil stimuli. Christ is competent to see us through, “for in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (Heb. 2:18). – Neal A. Maxwell, “Overcome … Even As I Also Overcame,” Ensign (CR) May 1987

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