How can you and I really expect to glide naively through life, as if to say, 'Lord, give me experience, but not grief, not sorrow, not pain, not opposition, not betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken. Keep from me, Lord, all those experiences which made Thee what Thou art! Then, let me come and dwell with Thee and fully share Thy joy!'— Neal A. Maxwell
The most valuable Neal A. Maxwell quotes that are little-known but priceless
God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we then prove our dependability, he will increase our capability.
Time is clearly not our natural dimension.
Thus it is that we are never really at home in time. Alternately, we find ourselves wishing to hasten the passage of time or to hold back the dawn. We can do neither, of course, but whereas the fish is at home in water, we are clearly not at home in time--because we belong to eternity.
The soul is like a violin string: it makes music only when it is stretched.
The more seriously we work on our own imperfections, the less we are judgemental of the imperfections of others.
We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.
No love is ever wasted. Its worth does not lie in reciprocity.
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' are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us.
We should not assume; however, that just because something is unexplainable by us, it is unexplainable.
Trials and tribulations tend to squeeze the artificiality out of us, leaving the essence of what we really are and clarifying what we really yearn for.
A basic cause of murmuring is that too many of us seem to expect that life will flow ever smoothly, featuring an unbroken chain of green lights with empty parking places just in front of our destinations!.
When we rejoice in beautiful scenery, great art, and great music, it is but the flexing of instincts acquired in another place and another time.
You rock a sobbing child without wondering if today's world is passing you by, because you know you hold tomorrow tightly in your arms.
The winds of tribulation, which blow out some men's candles of commitment, only fan the fires of faith of others.
The hardest work you and I will ever do is to put off our selfishness. It is heavy lifting!
Never give up what you want most for what you want today.
God, as a loving Father, will stretch our souls at times.
The soul is like a violin string: it makes music only when it is stretched. . . . God will tutor us by trying us because He loves us, not because of indifference!
When great individuals move so marvelously along the straight and narrow path, it is unseemly of us to call attention to the fact that one of their shoelaces is untied as they make the journey.
How could there be refining fires without our enduring some heat?
In contrast to the path of selfishness, there is no room for road rage on the straight and narrow way.
Listening is one of the forms of love.
On the straight and narrow path, there are simply no corners to be cut.
Our afflictions brothers and sisters often will not be extinguished, they will be dwarfed and swallowed up in the joy of Christ. That’s how we overcome, most of the time. It’s not their elimination, but the placing of them in that larger context.
We cannot repent for someone else. But we can forgive someone else, refusing to hold hostage those whom the Lord seeks to set free!
Consecration thus constitutes the only unconditional surrender which is also a total victory!
The Lord doesn't ask about your ability, only your availability;
and, if you prove your dependability, the Lord will increase your capability.
Love, patience, and meekness can be just as contagious as rudeness and crudeness.
God's extraordinary work is most often done by ordinary people in the seeming obscurity of a home and family.
If the kingdom of God is not first, it doesn't matter what's second.
Coming unto the Lord is not a negotiation, but a surrender.
Real hope is much more than wishful musing. It stiffens, not slackens, the spiritual spine.
Do not let the future be held hostage by the past
The imperfections of others never release us from the need to work on our own shortcomings.
It is one of the ironies of religious history that many mortals err in their understanding of the nature of God and end up rejecting not the real God but their own erroneous and stereotypical image of God. Frequently this is because they have thought of God solely in terms of thunderings at Sinai without pondering substance. . . .
In Gospel grammar, death is not an exclamation point, merely a comma.
Ironically, as some people become harder, they use softer words to describe dark deeds. This, too, is part of being sedated by secularism. Needless abortion, for instance, is a "reproductive health procedure, . . ." "Illegitimacy" gives way to the wholly sanitized words "non-marital birth" or "alternative parenting."
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.
When we are unduly impatient with an omniscient God's timing, we really are suggesting that we know what's best. Strange isn't it-we who wear wrist watches seek to counsel Him who oversees cosmic clocks and calendars.
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!
Ironically, brothers and sisters, the natural man who is so very selfish in so many ordinary ways is strangely unselfish in that he reaches for too few of the things that bring real joy. He settles for a mess of pottage instead of eternal joy.
Your task is to conquer yourselves, not ships, lands and castles.
This battle is the one in which you especially are to 'come off conqueror.' It is fought every day. In fact, it is a continuing process which commenced a long, long time ago.
Perfect love is perfectly patient.
Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.
In the economy of Heaven, God does not send thunder if a still, small voice is enough, or a prophet if a priest can do the job.
For the faithful, our finest hours are sometimes during or just following our darkest hours.
We cannot improve the world if we are conformed to the world.
Life is an 'open-book' exam, but the problem is that most of the students don't have the 'book', or refuse to open it-a fact that ought to spur us on as Church members to share the gospel more widely so that life would be meaningful for more people.
A few little flowers will spring up briefly in the dry gulley through which torrents of water pass occasionally. But it is steady streams that bring thick and needed crops. In the agriculture of the soul that has to do with nurturing attributes, flash floods are no substitute for regular irrigation.
C. S. Lewis pointed out that some people are angry with God for His not existing, and others for His existing but for failing to do as mortals would have Him do. Instead of such childishness, we are urged to know God and to learn of His attributes.
Daily hope is vital, since the ‘Winter Quarters’ of our lives are not immediately adjacent to our promised land either. An arduous trek still awaits, but hope spurs weary disciples on.