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If Thou Endure It Well

If Thou Endure It Well As a much younger man I accepted the scripturally underscored importance of enduring to the end But that stern requirement was only superficially appreciated back then Life has since underscored aga

  • Title: If Thou Endure It Well
  • Author: Neal A. Maxwell
  • ISBN: 9781570082337
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Hardcover
  • As a much younger man, I accepted the scripturally underscored importance of enduring to the end But that stern requirement was only superficially appreciated back then Life has since underscored, again and again, what a high test enduring well is for us mortals Moreover, it isn t just for old people, nor is it just something one does near the very end of the pathway ofAs a much younger man, I accepted the scripturally underscored importance of enduring to the end But that stern requirement was only superficially appreciated back then Life has since underscored, again and again, what a high test enduring well is for us mortals Moreover, it isn t just for old people, nor is it just something one does near the very end of the pathway of discipleship It is, instead, an ongoing thing which varies from season to season and from experience to experience As if all this were not enough in itself, the challenge of enduring in the last days includes so many added challenges in this difficult world For instance, the trends cited in the forepart of the book are like pythons capable of squeezing spirituality out unless they are deliberately offset by serious discipleship Further, some gospel principles, once very pervasive in western culture, now must compete with the play dough principles of permissiveness The situation makes for high adventure Thus while the doctrine of enduring is like a diamond with many facets, this is an attempt to turn that diamond around, so that the light of the gospel can be played upon its different dimensions.

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    1. An excellent book that made me feel a little less like Neal A Maxwell was no longer with us. Here is my favorite quote from the book:"The preoccupations brought on by the daily cares of the world can be very frustrating and consuming. There is the constant rush to satisfy the appetites of the natural man. The natural man (see Mosiah 3:19) is often fed but never filled. Even if his appetities are surfeited, his satisfactions are short- lived. The sense of emptiness relentlessly reappears. Even as [...]

    2. More great words by Elder Maxwell! I feel like 'enduring well' was one of the main themes of Elder Maxwell's ministry. He taught and lived these principles. This book reminds us of the importance of valiantly being true to the end, everyday, in the large and small things. Enduring well has to do with consecration. It't not usually easy, but enduring gives us the chance to grow and improve ourselves, which is the purpose of life here on the earth.Here are a few of my favorite quotes:"[Enduring we [...]

    3. Elder Maxwell packs chapters of meaning into single sentences. This was a book I had to read slowly. But enduring this book well is richly rewarding.My greatest insight here came from the chapter on consecration: "Many of us have sufficient faith to avoid the major sins of commission but not enough faith to sacrifice our distracting obsessions or focus on our omissions. Most omissions occur because we fail to get outside ourselves. (p.50)". . . Many of us are kept from eventual consecration beca [...]

    4. My dad suggested I read this book after going through a particular difficult trial that I felt was very unfair and unmerited. It's the first book of Elder Maxwell's that I've read and I'm sure it won't be the last. He was obviously a very smart man and his writing style reflects that. His prose is almost poetic and I admittedly had to read some passages a couple of times to fully grasp the meaning. Amidst it all, there were some beautiful gems of wisdom that helped me during that difficult time. [...]

    5. I feel bad giving this book less than five stars, but I just didn't think it was as good as it could have been. The first few chapters and the final were excellent--definitely five stars--but most of the middle just didn't have the depth. There were many parts that didn't feel like it belonged in the book, like they didn't have anything to do with the topic of enduring well and though he tried to tie them in, it just didn't work for me.That being said, there are some great parts and quotes, but [...]

    6. Insightful look at an essential aspect of discipleship: Exercising faith in Christ with sufficient focus that we will "endure to the end." The inequalities that life brings to each of us (ie suffering, deprivations, injustices, and even the "small" frustrations) are permitted by a loving Father and Savior and are even essential to our growth and perfection; our becoming like Him (Them). "The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than He?" (D&C 122:8) The author examines [...]

    7. If I read this book with a highlighter, the whole thing would be bright yellow. Elder Maxwell has a way of using words in a way that makes absolute sense in my mind so I decided to read one of his books and this one couldn't have been more instructive and enlightening. Beautifully written, absolutely incredible.

    8. I wish I remembered this one better, but I remember that I was inspired to be better and do better. Elder Maxwell has always been one of my favorite speakers, and his books are no different! His language is beautiful and inspiring and his life itself is an inspiration!

    9. A few chapters of this book truly spoke to me, and some things that I've been thinking about lately.Elder Maxwell has caused me to ask myself some questions, and inspired me to close the gap between who I am, and who I need to be.

    10. Wonderful insight and great quotes. But it is a slow read because it is dense and seems loosely organized. This book would be just as well read in chapters by themselves as to read the whole book. It is worth the read for the little known aspects of enduring and salvation.

    11. Because I have been going through several physical problems, his strength of character and intelligence and way of storytelling helps me to see the bigger picture. I am so happy to find his writings!!

    12. Elder Maxwell describes why enduring has value, how to endure, and gives many scriptural examples of others who endured. He especially focuses on Christ, who endured all.

    13. This book became my best friend during a very tough time in my life. I have given away many copies! I still have such a feeling of gratitude to Elder Maxwell when I hold this book!

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