“[The Man of Christ] expects a variety of assignments in the Church; some carry the thrills of making a beachhead landing deep in enemy territory, and others involve “minding the store” back home. When he sings, “I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord”, it is not only a promise to go to a Nineveh, but it is also a pledge to stay at his present post.”
“The collapse of systems is always preceded by the collapse of individuals. Camelot began to give way to the world the moment Lancelot and Guinevere gave way to their appetites.”
“In leadership cleverness is not as important as content, … charisma and dash are not as vital as character and doctrine.”
“God loves us, not the gifts he has given us. And yet even one’s gifts must be used within the order and orchestration of the kingdom, lest such gifts be used to harm the very work of the Giver of these gifts.”
From “The Man of Christ“, a sermon by Elder Neal A. Maxwell in April Conference 1975. At the time he was an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.