The Prophecies of Neal A. Maxwell

Portrait of Elder Neal A. Maxwell
"His Small Moment" via Mormon Channel

Elder Neal A. Maxwell was an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 23 years. He passed away at age 78 in July 2004. He was known and loved for his way with words. Although it was almost impossible to fully grasp his talks just listening once in conference, dissecting them afterwards was both enlightening and delightful. Many, many Latter-day Saints collected his quotes.

Here are a few jewels:

“The laughter of the world is merely loneliness pathetically trying to reassure itself.”

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”

“Faith in God includes Faith in God’s timing.”

“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.”

“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.”

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Neal A. Maxwell’s Prophetic Voice

In General Conference, at BYU devotionals, and in other venues and circumstances, Elder Maxwell shared prophecies about the “very last days,” the days in which we are currently living. Reviewing those prophecies can help us identify and define what is going on around us, both in society and in the Church (and other churches).

The following is a video of a talk Elder Maxwell delivered on the BYU campus in 1978.

The following video is a compilation of other prophecies from Elder Maxwell dealing with the vicissitudes of our time:

Related: 25 Best Neal A. Maxwell quotes

Gale Boyd is the managing editor for 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.