Friday, October 3, 2008

Murmur Not

Yesterday, I came across one of those gems of a Conference talk. You know the kind - the one that you know you'll read over and over again... This time, it was Murmur Not, by Neal A. Maxwell (Ensign, Nov. 1989, 82). It's an excellent talk!! Here are some of my favorite quotes from it:

"...too many of us seem to expect that life will flow ever smoothly, featuring an unbroken chain of green lights with empty parking places just in front of our destinations!"

"Cutting truth does hurt, but its lancing can drain off pride."

Characteristics of a murmurer:
-"The murmurer often lacks the courage to express openly his concerns."
-"While a murmurer insists on venting his own feelings, he regards any response thereto as hostile."
-"Murmurers have short memories. ... Strange, isn't it,... how those with the shortest memories have the longest lists of demands!"
-Murmurers spend all their time in looking for the evil.

"Perspective makes such an enormous and constant difference in our lives."

"The goodness of the Lord is attested to in so many ways - mansions await! - yet we ungrateful guests still complain about the present accommodations."

Murmuring is contagious, but "being of good cheer is equally contagious."

"Letting off steam always produces more heat than light."

"Murmuring can be another form of mocking God's plan of salvation."

"Murmuring can also be noise enough that it drowns out the various spiritual signals to us... Murmuring over the weight of our crosses not only takes energy otherwise needed to carry them but might cause another to put down his cross altogether."

"Nonmurmurers are permitted to see so much more."

"Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them." - 2 Kings 6:16

"If our lips are closed to murmuring, then our eyes can be opened."

1 comment:

Tina said...

That is a classic talk. I love Elder Maxwell. His talks are so hard for me to understand when spoken but so good when I read them.

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