"as long as the earth shall stand." (Maxwell)

For my part, I am glad the book will be with us “as long as the earth shall stand.” I need and want additional time. For me, towers, courtyards, and wings await inspection. My tour of it has never been completed. Some rooms I have yet to enter, and there are more flaming fireplaces waiting to warm me. Even the rooms I have glimpsed contain further furnishings and rich detail yet to be savored. There are panels inlaid with incredible insights and design and decor dating from Eden. There are also sumptuous banquet tables painstakingly prepared by predecessors which await all of us. Yet, we as Church members sometimes behave like hurried tourists, scarcely venturing beyond the entry hall to the mansion.

May we come to feel as a whole people beckoned beyond the entry hall. May we go inside far enough to hear clearly the whispered truths from those who have “slumbered,” which whisperings will awaken in us individually the life of discipleship as never before.

The Book of Mormon: A Great Answer to “The Great Question”
Elder Neal A. Maxwell

Elder Neal A. Maxwell (1926–2004) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Address at Book of Mormon Symposium, Brigham Young University, October 10, 1986, published in A Book of Mormon Treasury: Gospel Insights from General Authorities and Religious Educators (2003), 1–18.


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