Neal Maxwell

1926 -

A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on christianity, earth, god, imagination, jobs, life, soul, thought, and understanding

C. S. Lewis put it well when he gave us the analogy of remodeling the human soul and a living house: "Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on: you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently, He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were going to be made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace." (Mere Christianity [New York: Macmillan, 1960], p. 174.)

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience, p.29, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on absence, advice, attitude, church, circumstances, correction, facts, family, fear, force, friendship, giving, heart, leadership, listening, losing, love, past, pride, resentment, solution, and truth

In moments of truth, when meekness matters, other forces, including pride, flow into the chemistry of that moment. Take, for instance, the matter of receiving correct counsel, whether given by a spouse, a family member, a friend, or a Church leader. Often the counsel, even when spoken in love, is resisted by the recipient who - chained by pride - focuses instead upon the imperfections of the person giving the counsel. In another situation, the recipient may have much pride in the position he or she has already taken and refuse to deny himself or herself the continuation of that conduct, lifestyle, or attitude, which denial is at the heart of the solution. However, those who fear losing face cannot have His image in their countenances. In yet another circumstance, the recipient may, instead of listening to the counsel given, be nursing some past grievance upon which he or she would prefer to focus rather than the real issue at hand. Neither advice-giver nor circumstances can be perfect. Absent mutual meekness, the counsel given may not only go unheeded, but, in fact, may even be resented. Italics added.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Meek and Lowly, p. 57., © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on jobs

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It is our job to lift others up, not to size them up.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell

Letting off steam always produces more heat than light.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Ensign, November 1989, p. 84. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on overcoming

We are in bondage to that which overcomes us. See also 2 Peter 2:19.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on anger and god

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God's anger is kindled not because we have harmed him but because we have harmed ourselves.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Sermons, p. 85. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on soul and yielding

The harrowing of the soul can be like the harrowing of the soil; to increase the yield, things are turned upside down.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Men and Women, p. 72, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on control, family, history, home, mankind, men, military, time, and women

When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire or the shaping sound of lullabies? The great armistices made by military men of the peacemaking of women in home and in neighborhoods? Will what happened in cradles and kitchens prove to be more controlling than what happened in congresses? When the surf of the centuries has made the great pyramids so much sand, the everlasting family will still be standing, because it is a celestial institution, formed outside telestial time.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Ensign, May 1978, p. 10. © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on hope and soul

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Ultimate hope constitutes the anchor of the soul.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: General Conference, October 1998, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on appreciation and god

One simply cannot come to a cause like the kingdom of God, with its celestial concepts, and not appreciate and identify with what Ammon said: "Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel."

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: The Smallest Part, p. 78., © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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