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Elder Bruce R. McConkie Christ and the Creation

By , on February 16, 2017

General Authorities, Hafen, Maxwell, Repentance

One of his conference talks was addressed to those who “fully intend, someday, to begin to believe and/or to be active in the Church. But not yet!” In his tender but piercing invitation, Elder Maxwell said: “If, however, you really do not wish to commit now,” then let me warn of the following:

“Do not look too deeply into the eyes of the pleasure-seekers about you, for if you do, you will see a certain sadness in sensuality, and you will hear artificiality in the laughter of licentiousness.

“Do not look too deeply, either, into the motives of those who deny God, for you may notice their doubts of doubt. …

“Do not think too much about what you are teaching your family, for what in you is merely casualness about Christianity may, in your children, become hostility; for what you have not defended, your children may reject angrily. …

“Do not think, either, about the doctrine that you are a child of God, for if you do, it will be the beginning of belonging. …

“Joshua didn’t say choose you next year whom you will serve; he spoke of ‘this day,’ while there is still daylight and before the darkness becomes more and more normal.” (Ensign, Nov. 1974, pp. 12–13.)

Elder Bruce C. Hafen
Elder Neal A. Maxwell: An Understanding Heart“, Ensign, Feb. 1982, 6
[Elder Hafen was president of Ricks College, Rexburg, Idaho, when he wrote this article]

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