If people in what we refer to as “Christian nations” were asked what they think of Christ, for most of them the question would prove puzzling amid the secular din of our times. As life has grown more complex, the cares and perplexities and anxieties about things of the world have grown steadily more intrusive, demanding more and more of our resources, time, worry, and energy. Spiritual considerations come later, if at all.
Yet faith is more than ever needed in what is at best a simmering disquiet as wars, terrorism, natural disasters, injustices, changing mores, aggressive materialism, political turbulence, and widespread human suffering all combine to produce an unprecedented uncertainty. To appreciate how relevant and responsive the Restoration is, it is necessary first to take at least a superficial measure of the consequences of the spiritual famine that preceded it.
About the Author
Elder Neal A. Maxwell was called as an assistant to the Council of the Twelve in 1974. From 1976 to 1981 he served as a member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, and in 1981 he was called to the position as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Elder Maxwell passed away in July 2004.
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