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Speaking to a capacity crowd in the Joseph Smith Building on the university’s Provo campus, Elder Holland explored the importance of scholarship and discipleship and how, in both, representing the Savior is most important.

“I care about [Elder Maxwell’s] name, about the life he lived, the legacy he left, and the legacy that will run on into the 21st century and beyond,” Elder Holland said. “In great measure the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship will, for good or ill, be the means of communicating much of that legacy to an ever-younger, ever-newer generation in the Church who never heard Elder Maxwell’s voice, nor delighted in his prose, nor felt the fire of his faith.”

Elder Neal L. Maxwell was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He died in 2004.

Elder Holland told the crowd of scholars and students, “We are at a moment in His Church, the Savior’s Church, when there is a demonstrable, near-tangible hastening of the work. These continue to be the latter days with no one knowing when that last ‘last day’ is going to be.”

The Maxwell Institute at BYU has an important—and exciting—part in the future of the Church.

Continuing revelation to prophets, seers, and revelators is significant and will continue to be evident in the guidance of the Church. Just as an individual must “open the door” and allow Christ into his or her life, so does the Maxwell Institute in the academic world.

“How do we best and most warmly open that door, personally and professionally, and on what do we sup when the Master is admitted?” he asked. He noted that with such good hearts and minds laboring so faithfullly, conversations in the Maxwell Institute will be consistent in every way with His gospel, His grace, His life, His loving, persistent plea to “Come, follow me.”

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