Thursday, September 11, 2014

Neal A. Maxwell on the "Great and Spacious Building"

"Church members will live in this wheat-and-tares situation until the Millennium. Some real tares even masquerade as wheat, including the few eager individuals who lecture the rest of us about Church doctrines in which they no longer believe. They criticize the use of Church resources to which they no longer contribute. They condescendingly seek to counsel the Brethren whom they no longer sustain. Confrontive, except of themselves of course, they leave the Church, but they cannot leave the Church alone. Like the throng on the ramparts of the `great and spacious building,' they are intensely and busily preoccupied, pointing fingers of scorn at the steadfast iron-rodders (1 Ne. 8:26-28, 33). Considering their ceaseless preoccupation, one wonders, `Is there no diversionary activity available to them, especially in such a large building--like a bowling alley?' Perhaps in their mockings and beneath the stir are repressed doubts of their doubts."

[Neal A. Maxwell, "`Becometh as a Child,'" Ensign May 1996: 68].

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