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diluted Christianity is not Christianity (Maxwell)

Diluted Christianity is not Christianity, it is a feeble attempt to have Christianity without Christ, for it denies the central service of Jesus' life—the Atonement. Those who call themselves Christians but deny the divinity of Jesus cannot seem to tolerate those of us who accept and proclaim the divinity of Christ. No one, brothers and sisters, would pay us much heed if we were merely nonsmoking, non-drinking humanists. Without acknowledging the reality of the Resurrection and the Atonement, believing in the ministry of Jesus would mean slumping into the very Sadduceeism which Jesus himself denounced.
Neal A. Maxwell ("All Hell Is Moved" p. 177.)

marvelous meekness of Jesus (Maxwell)

Jesus' marvelous meekness prevented any "root of bitterness"from "springing up" in Him (Heb. 12:15). Ponder the Savior's precious words about the Atonement after He passed through it. There is no mention of the vinegar. No mention of the scourging. No mention of having been struck. No mention of havingbeen spat upon. He does declare that He "suffer[ed] both body and spirit" in an exquisiteness which we simply cannot comprehend.   (D&C 19:18; see also v.15.)
Neal A. Maxwell (Ensign, May 1989, p. 64.)

perfection (McConkie)

Nobody becomes perfect in this life…Becoming perfect in Christ is a process.  We begin by keeping the commandments today, and we keep more of them tomorrow…We can become perfect in some minor things…if we chart a course of becoming perfect, and, step by step and phase by phase, are perfecting our souls by overcoming the world, then it is absolutely guaranteed—there is no question whatsoever about it—we shall gain eternal life…If we chart a course and follow it to the best of our ability in this life, then when we go out of this life we’ll continue in exactly the same course…The Prophet Joseph Smith told us that there are many things that people have to do, even after the grave, to work out their salvation.
Bruce R. McConkie

The Infinite Atonement (Maxwell)

His infinite Atonement affected every age, every dispensation and every person (See 2 Nephi 9:7; 25:16).  Hence the appropriate symbolism of Him bleeding at each and every pore--not just some--in order that "as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:22).
Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign November 1988, p. 33

line upon line (Orson Pratt)

You are not to suppose that you are going to be jumped into the midst of revelations, and by one great and grand step are to burst the vail, and to rend it from your eyes, do you think that you are to step into the celestial kingdom and see it all at once? No, these blessings are by far too precious to be attained in such a way; they are to be attained by diligence and faith from day to day, and from night to night. Hence you are to become habituated to do good in your thoughts and conduct, in all that you do, until you become perfectly initiated into the great principles of righteousness, and continue to live uprightly until it becomes a kind of second nature to be honest, to be prudent, to govern all your passions, and bring all of the influences of the flesh, of the fallen nature, into the most perfect subjection to the law of God. Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses 3:348

for each of us--the Atonement (Maxwell)

Only He could have carried it all.  I thank the Savior personally for bearing all which I added to His hemorrhaging at every pore for all of humanity on Gethsemane.  I thank Him for bearing what I added to the decibels of His piercing soul-cry atone Calvary.

Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, May 1988, p. 9

how to succor His people (Maxwell)

Being sinless Himself, Jesus could not have suffered for personal sin nor known what such   agony is—unless He took upon Him our sins, not only to redeem us and to save us, but also in order that He might know how "according to the flesh . . . tosuccor his people according totheir infirmities." (Alma 7:12.) 
Neal A. Maxwell (All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience, p. 35.)