Quotes on Less Active

The mighty change of heart the less active need to experience is, finally, the individual’s to make.  But our love can be a catalyst as these, our brothers and sisters, in Shakespeare’s phrase, “unthread the rude eye of rebellion, and welcome home again discarded faith.”  (King John IV, act 5, scene 4) 

Honest acceptance accompanied by love and service are never more felt than in those moments involving death, divorce, career changes, illness, or moves – when an individual’s world, in some way or another, has been shaken.  So often these events put us in circumstances wherein we are, to use Alma’s phrase, “in a preparation to hear the word.”  (Alma 32:6)             

Again, I refer to Jesus’ words:  “Unto such shall ye continue to minister; for ye know not but what they will return and repent . . . and ye shall be the means of bringing salvation unto them.” 

Note that the resurrected Jesus, having completed a perfect mortal ministry, gives us this counsel clearly reflecting the style and substance of his leadership and charity, reminding us that we know not who will return and repent.  Note, too, that without belaboring it, the sequence is first the return, then a completion of the process of change in a nurturing and ministering environment.  The Lord said He “shall heal them,” but we “shall be the means of bringing salvation unto them.”  This is a wondrous scripture, full of wisdom and direction and consolation.  We should not forget that for many in the Church who do not yet have the witness of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, they must believe on the words of those of us who do know.  (See D&C 46:13–14) — Elder Neal A. Maxwell, “Continue to Minister,” Ensign, June 1987, p. 10