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Neal A. Maxwell on Women

November 21st, 2017 by G.

Self-recommending.He makes a catalog of scriptural women which is also a catalog of virtues.

Mary: submission, motherhood, influence

Lucy Mack Smith: motherhood, influence

Ruth and Naomi: loyalty

The widow of the mite: sacrifice

Mary and Elizabeth: anticipation (an interesting virtue that.  Something along the lines of faith and hope)

When the surf of the centuries has made the great pyramids so much sand, the everlasting family will still be standing, because it is a celestial institution, formed outside telestial time. The women of God know this.

The one painful part of the talk for me is at the very beginning.  He says

We know so little, brothers and sisters, about the reasons for the division of duties between womanhood and manhood as well as between motherhood and priesthood.


True.  We don’t.  I think its mostly because we don’t want to know, because we are afraid of what we might find out.  When a people go to Jehovah in prayer, He can’t always be relied on to give an answer that takes due account of the tender feelings of the Gods of the Marketplace.

Anyhow, an excellent talk, and it really must be read in the original. I have not done it justice.


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November 21st, 2017 06:53:37

November 21, 2017

“He can’t always be relied on to give an answer that takes due account of the tender feelings of the Gods of the Marketplace.”

So true. There is a huge price to pay in acknowledging truths relating to this issue.

The lies of men in this area are hardest on women, and yet the women are often the most fervent defenders and enforcers of feminist-y ideas that destroy the delicate relationship between the sexes, even in the church. And like Adam with Eve, the menfolk often fall in line and see superior “wisdom” in the womenfolk.

Oh well, the Gods of the Copybook Headings can only be denied so long before they will return, and to be honest, I’ve come to a feeling of gratitude for the chance to experience the dysfunction. With any illness, we often feel the most grateful for potential health when confronted with the despair of wondering if we’ll ever be better again.

And because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we know that we will be better again. I personally can’t think of anything more important to me than the restoration of sanity between the sexes, but that’s probably because of living in this time.

November 21, 2017

Yes. I read in another talk, the speaker referred to Heavenly Mother’s “restrained, queenly elegance.” And I thought a little defensively, “Why so ‘restrained’? Does she always have to be holding back?” And then I thought, “why does that thought bother me? What’s so threatening about the thought of ‘restrained’?”

November 22, 2017

I shared the talk with my wife and she said, “Was that in conference? That was too beautiful to be a conference talk!”

November 22, 2017

“That was too beautiful to be a conference talk!”

Elder Maxwell was a master of word-craft.

And, prophets always seem wiser in hindsight. I wonder if that is because church members finally catch up to the prophets’ perspective, or because when plain and eternal truths become more rare in general society, those truths stick out as being more precious.

Ben Johnson
November 26, 2017

I hate to be that guy but it is “Neal”. You can delete this comment
I hate to be that guy, but it is “Neal A.” You may delete this comment.

[Fixed. -Ed.]

November 28, 2017

Are readership and writership consist entirely of “that guys,” so you our in good company.

November 28, 2017

I see what you did there, G.

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