Elder Neal A. Maxwell on the Atonement


Neal A. Maxwell was perhaps our most eloquent modern apostle. Here, ThirdHour presents a brief compilation of his profound thoughts on the Atonement of Christ.

Elder Maxwell served as an apostle from July 1981 until his death in July 2004. Born on July 6, 1926, in Salt Lake City, Utah, he loved sports and animals and had a gift for writing. After his service during World War II, Elder Maxwell served a mission in Eastern Canada. He married Colleen Hinckley on November 22, 1950, in the Salt Lake Temple.

Elder Maxwell earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in political science from the University of Utah. He served as a legislative assistant to Senator Wallace F. Bennett of Utah in Washington D.C., until he accepted a position in the public relations department of the University of Utah. Later, he became the assistant to the president, dean of students, and the executive vice-president of the university. He also taught political science and was named a favorite teacher of the students at the University of Utah.

Elder Maxwell wrote thirty books and gave countless sermons. He was a master of language and yet acknowledged that without the Spirit of God, his words would mean nothing.

Watch a video compilation of Neal A. Maxwell’s prophesies here.

Gale Boyd is the managing editor for ThirdHour.org. She is a Jewish convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has lived all over the world. She has raised 6 Third Culture Kids and is always homesick for somewhere.