Neal A. Maxwell on Surrendering

At the risk of belaboring a point . . . 


Neal A. Maxwell said: 


So many of us are kept from eventual consecration because we mistakenly think that, somehow, by letting our will be swallowed up in the will of God, we lose our individuality (see Mosiah 15:7). What we are really worried about, of course, is not giving up self, but selfish things—like our roles, our time, our preeminence, and our possessions. No wonder we are instructed by the Savior to lose ourselves (see Luke 9:24). He is only asking us to lose the old self in order to find the new self. It is not a question of one’s losing identity but of finding his true identity! Ironically, so many people already lose themselves anyway in their consuming hobbies and preoccupations but with far, far lesser things.” 


He went on to saythe submission of one’s will is really the only uniquely personal thing we have to place on God’s altar.” (Maxwell, Neal A. Swallowed Up In The Will of the Father, Ensign, November 1995).

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  1. Love these posts on surrendering. Thank you for taking the time to not only write them but to think it through. This is a subject that I have spent a fair amount of time considering. I am more than a little overwhelmed by it and hope that I am making at least a little headway.

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