Neal Maxwell

1926 -

A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on jesus and world

When our minds really catch hold of the significance of Jesus' atonement, the world's hold on us loosens.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Ensign, November 1992, p. 67. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on exploring, faith, and trying

Some find it easier to bend their knees than their minds. Exciting exploration is preferred to plodding implementation; speculation seems more fun than consecration, and so is trying to soften the hard doctrines instead of submitting to them. Worse still, by not obeying, these . . . lack real knowing. Lacking real knowing, they cannot defend their faith and may become critics instead of defenders!

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on darkness, faith, mistakes, and perspective

Those of little faith mistake local cloud cover for general darkness. Keeping spiritually intact results in our keeping precious perspective by seeing "things as they really are." (Jacob 4:13)

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Ensign, June 1994. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on path

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The strait and narrow path, though clearly marked, is a path, not a freeway nor an escalator. Indeed, there are times when the only way the strait and narrow path can be followed is on one's knees! And we are to help each other along the path.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Ensign, May 1982, p. 38, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on argument, certainty, foolishness, god, justice, life, people, possibility, prudence, weakness, and world

There is also the very real possibility that, in the justice of God, one of the reasons He uses the weak and the foolish of the world is so that no argument could be made later that certain people were advantaged in some unfair way by that which was unearned-either in the premortal life or here. Hence it seems prudent for us to realize that just because one is set apart or ordained to a certain calling or assignment he or she must not expect to be set apart from the stresses of life. There appear to be no immunities.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Sermons Not Spoken, p.26, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on cities, emotion, god, impulses, proverbs, resentment, and selfishness

Submissiveness to God enables us to govern ourselves. . . . Lacking this capacity we vulnerable, like "a city which is broken down, and without walls" (Proverbs 25:28). We are vulnerable if we can be taken by a wave of emotion, invaded by an invidious impulse, roughed up by resentment, or engulfed by a surge of selfishness.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Not My Will, But Thine, page 95, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on fatigue and people

When at length we tire of putting people down, this self-inflicted fatigue can give way to the invigorating calisthenics of lifting people up.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Men and Women of Christ, p. 28. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell

How could there be refining fires without our enduring some heat?

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Ensign, May 1990, p.34, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on certainty, departure, duty, effort, god, history, joy, mind, past, perspective, reality, richness, soul, understanding, and universe

These transcending truths restructure our understanding of ourselves and of the universe and bring within our view resplendent reality. To be seen only by those who have eyes to see, these flakes of fire are embedded in the holy scriptures. There these transcending truths may appear in the midst of the routine lineage history . . . chronologies, genealogies, and duties. . . . When encountered, their sudden richness is so breathtaking and light-intensive that, like radioactive materials, they must be handled with great care. They both light up the mind and infuse joy into the soul. . . . encountering certain verses is like walking in the woods and coming suddenly upon what C. S. Lewis called a patch of "god light" - an illuminated place in the woods of our experiences. Then there is a special surge of gospel gladness. The weariness of mind quickly departs. Such sudden light can even restructure our understanding of reality and put our past, puny efforts in perspective. One wonders, for instance, if [this is] what Moses called things he "never had supposed." (Moses 1:10.)

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Meek and Lowly, p.46 - p.47, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on children, commitment, disappointment, divinity, failure, faith, fatherhood, gifts, god, ingratitude, justice, learning, life, love, men, mercy, perspective, power, reflection, and temptation

Yet, seeing this ingratitude of those who are without perspective should not cause us to make reflexive rejoinders to unbelievers. Rather, we, for our part, ought to contemplate how truly deep God's commitment to free agency must be, how truly deep (and unpossessive) his love for his children must be to allow us to err, to fail, to learn, and to grow. And how wonderful is his refusal to impose, by his power, a faith that otherwise seems to come so slowly and to so few when men are left free. Sensing, even on such a small scale, these divine commitments ought to help us to reflect them in our lives. If we are tempted to unwise responses because of our small-scale frustrations with those who are ungrateful, with those who misuse their gifts, lo, how much greater the sense of disappointment at the divine level is. And yet his commitment to free agency remains intact, and his love, justice, and mercy continue even for those who defy their Father.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: For The Power Is In Them, pg. 28-29, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

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