Elder Neal A Maxwell Quotes

Elder Neal A Maxwell
Elder Neal A Maxwell

I have always enjoyed listening to talks and reading books by Elder Neal A. Maxwell. He definitely has a way with words. Some times I have to listen to them several times to get the meaning. The meanings are often deep inside the words. Here are a few to ponder:

"If you have not chosen the kingdom of God first, it will in the end make no difference what you have chosen instead."


"We cannot improve the world if we are conformed to the world."


"Each of us is an innkeeper who decides if there is room for Jesus!"

During World War II Neal A Maxwell served as an infantryman in the United States Army, where he saw action on Okinawa.

His business career included serving as a director of several business firms, including Questar Corporation, Questar Pipeline, and Deseret News Publishing Company. He also was active in public service, such as his service as chairman of the Utah Constitutional Revision Commission.

Some facts about Neal A. Maxwell: He was born in 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He served a full-time mission to Canada in 1945.

Maxwell was very educated. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in political science from the University of Utah. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Utah, an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Westminster College, Salt Lake City, an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah and others.

He married Colleen Hinckley and they had four children. He was called to be a Regional Representative of the Twelve Apostles in 1967. He served as an Assistant to the Twelve Apostles from 1974 to 1976. He served in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1976 to 1981 and was ordained an Apostle and sustained to the Twelve Apostles in 1981. He passed away in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2004.

"O, Divine Redeemer" Elder Neal A. Maxwell captioned

Things As They Really Are, is a book written by Neal A Maxwell (July 6, 1926 – July 21, 2004) who was an apostle and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1981 until his death.

Here are some excerpts from his book.

The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.

A highly developed capacity to love others will be essential equipment in the celestial kingdom.

Many adults in the midst of our unappreciated and unacknowledged divine blessings are like the fishes swimming in a bowl; heedless of who changes the water and who puts in the food pellets.

The fine young man who had lived well could not bring himself to sell all he had and to give to the poor; he traded a chance for discipleship for an inventory of perishables.

The masses feel it is easy to flee from reality when it is the most difficult thing in the world.

We must endure the contempt of others without reciprocating that contempt.

Whether or not we admit it, we are counting on God’s being a God, even if we fail to measure up as his sons and daughters.

Mankind is always struggling to make our home in the world; we have not yet succeeded. We are not at home in it, because we are not at home with the Lord of the house, the Father of the family, not one with our Elder Brother who is His right hand.

Scientists study and then praise the order of things in the universe marveling how it brought itself into being and ignoring the cause of it all who made the scientist’s little puddles of knowledge possible.

How quickly the devil moves in even where people have had special spiritual experiences, seeking to get people who have seen signs to disbelieve all which they had heard and seen.

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elayne001 4 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you Perspycacious for you insightful comments. I'll be sure to check out your hubs. Aloha!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Elder Maxwell is a descendant of the Mayflower voyagers, as am I and I had the privilege of giving him an article I have since added here as a Hub. After reading of the college grads who look at their debt and wonder why they ever bit the sheepskin bullet, it was refreshing to read your longer view perspective. Getting the economy back on a sound footing is the best gift we can give them.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you so much vocalcoach. I agree with you. He is missed, but his words live on.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

One of the most inspiring and intelligent authors of our time. A wonderful tribute to a man who inspired so many with his works and his example. Thank you, dear one, for a marvelous contribution. May you be blessed in every area of your life.

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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Neal A. Maxwell was so eloquent in his speaking. I had to listen very carefully to catch the full meaning. Thanks LianaK for commenting.


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LianaK 5 years ago

His life was so amazing. Thank you for sharing these wonderful quotes. Great man and great hub in tribute!


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

@ Hello, hello, Glad you that you enjoyed these quotes from Neal A. Maxwell. He was an awesome speaker and has written several books.

You are so welcome Pamela99. He was a great example to me and I even personally know one of his granddaughters.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I also want to say thanks for the inspirational quotes which are wonderful and some facts about Maxwell's life.


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you the inspiring quotes and information.


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elayne001 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thank you onceuponatime66 for commenting. Neal A. Maxwell has left a great legacy for us all. I hope we can continue to learn from his words.


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onceuponatime66 5 years ago from USA IL

Mankind is always struggling to make our home in the world; we have not yet succeeded. We are not at home in it, because we are not at home with the Lord of the house, the Father of the family, not one with our Elder Brother who is His right hand. Outstanding statement, and great inspirational information.

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