Neal A. Maxwell

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Neal A. Maxwell

Patience permits us to cling to our faith in the Lord when we are tossed about by suffering as if by surf. When the undertow grasps us we will realize that we are somehow being carried forward even as we tumble. We are actually being -helped even as we cry for help.More Neal A. Maxwell [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Anger should never be an overnight guest.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
One day the faithful will have it all!More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Patience permits us to cling to our faith in the Lord when we are tossed about by suffering as if by surf. When the undertow grasps us we will realize that we are somehow being carried forward even as we tumble. We are actually being -helped even as we cry for help.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Letting off steam always produces more heat than light.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Naive optimism and pervasive pessimism are both to be avoided, therefore. It's not an easy balance to maintain, to be asked to work away in the Ninevehs of our lives without being so conscious of the coming cataclysm that we are not serious citizens of our communities and nations. By living and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, we are doing the most relevant thing we can do by way of helping. (There are civic and other chores to be done, of course.) Day in and day out, the gospel is the one thing that is most relevanMore Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If we are not serving Jesus, and if he is not in our thoughts and hearts, then the things of the world will draw us instead to them! Moreover, the things of the world need not be sinister in order to be diverting and consuming.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No "natural" resource is more precious and to be used more wisely than time. These mortal moments matter more than we know. There are no idle hours; there are only idle people. In true righteousness there is serenity, but there is an array of reminders that the "sacred present" is packed with possibilities which are slipping by us, which are going away from us each moment.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
To 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, p. 178). Hence annihilation - not moderation - is the destination! . . . Meekness is the real cure, for it does not merely mask selfishness but dissolves it!More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Stubborn selfishness leads otherwise good people to fight over herds, patches of sand, and strippings of milk. All this results from what the Lord calls coveting "the drop," while neglecting the "more weighty matters." (D&C 117:8) Myopic selfishness magnifies a mess of pottage and makes thirty pieces of silver look like a treasure trove. In our intense acquisitiveness, we forget Him who once said, "What is property unto me?"More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Having faith in the plan of salvation includes steadfastly refusing to be diverted from our true identities and responsibilities. In the brief season of our existence on earth we may serve as a plumber, professor, farmer, physician, mechanic, bookkeeper, or teacher. These are useful activities and honorable designations; but a temporary vocation is not reflective of our true identities. Matthew was a tax collector, Luke a physician, and Peter a fisherman. In a salvational sense, 'so what!'More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
At the center of our agency is our freedom to form a healthy attitude toward whatever circumstances we are placed in!More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If one is devoid of hope and thanksgiving, he cannot for long remain sinless, for he will, in despair, have slackened his resolve. Feelings of futility foster vulnerability. Self-pity is such a busy stagehand, rearranging the scenery to help sin make its entrance. No wonder the prophets say that without faith in the Lord, there is no hope.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The enlarging of the soul requires not only some remodeling, but some excavating.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Regarding trials, including of our faith and patience, there are no exemptions-only variations.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is extremely important for you to believe in yourselves, not only for what you are now, but for what you have the power to become.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Meanwhile, spiritual submissiveness brings about the wiser use of our time, talents, and gifts as compared with our laboring diligently but conditionally to establish our own righteousness instead of the Lord's (D&C 1:16). After all, Lucifer was willing to work very hard, but conditionally in his own way and for his own purposes.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When, as President Joseph F. Smith said, we "catch a spark from the awakened memories of the immortal soul, "let us be quietly grateful. When of great truths we can say "I know," that powerful spiritual witness may also carry with it the sense of our having known before. With rediscovery, we are really saying "I know - again!"More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In racing marathons, one does not see the dropouts make fun of those who continue; failed runners actually cheer on those who continue the race, wishing they were still in it. Not so with the marathon of discipleship in which some dropouts then make fun of the spiritual enterprise of which they were so recently a part!More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Time Management Tips: The perpetual processing of the same temptation is both dangerous and time-wasting. Cycling and recycling the same temptation (instead of rejecting such blandishment out of hand) is not only to risk one's soul, again and again, but is to bring on fatigue, so that the Adversary may be able to do indirectly what we will not let him do directly. A lack of decisiveness in dealing with temptation ties up our thought processes and prevents us from doing good with the time allotted to us.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A narcissist society, in which each person is busy looking out for number one, can build neither brotherhood nor community. Aren't we glad in this Easter season and in all seasons that Jesus did not selfishly look out for number one? No wonder we have been told, 'Thou shalt have no other gods
before me,' and this includes self-worship! (Ex. 20:3; emphasis added). One way or another, the grossly selfish will finally be shattered, whimpering, against the jagged, concrete consequences of their selfishness.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We cannot improve the world if we are conformed to the world.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If we knew how often the obedience of others is affected by our own, and how often our stepping forth soon brings forth a whole platton of helpers, and how often our speaking forth soon creates a chorus - we would be even more ashamed of our slackess and our silence.More Neal A. Maxwell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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