Wednesday, August 17, 2011

MMM Sermons: "Man of Christ"



by Saint Mark (bio)

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints call them "talks," but most (non)Christians call them sermons. This is the first part in a series of sermons that many Latter-day Saints love and believe. I hope these sermons promote and perfect your faith as they do mine.

You can find this talk in its entirety here.

There seems to be no more loved apostle of Jesus Christ, especially by the intelligentsia of the LDS church, than Elder Neal A. Maxwell. Before succumbing to leukemia on July 21, 2004, Elder Maxwell left a legacy of fantastic phrases and doctrinal dicta (he also loved alliteration).

One of Elder Maxwell's most choice talks was "Man of Christ," which he actually gave before he was an apostle. Reading it now, more than 35 years after it was first given, assists you and I in seeing if we really are men of Christ today and teaches us how we can stretch ourselves to measure up to that sustaining shadow of the Savior (that one was for you, Elder Maxwell).

Some doctrinal nuggets from this talk are:

"[The man of Christ] quickly puts his “shoulder to the wheel” (Hymns, no. 252) rather than calling for a tow truck."

"He knows that having put his hand to the plow he must not look back, because when we are looking back, we are also holding back."

"He knows that in leadership cleverness is not as important as content, that charisma and dash are not as vital as character and doctrine."

If you could make an addendum to Elder Maxwell's insights, what would you add?

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