August 03, 2005

I was listening to a speech by Elder Neal A Maxwell on my way home from work today.. It was a really good talk. Meekly Drenched in Destiny... I'll have to listen to it again a few times to really remember it all, but one thing stuck out to me.. and it wasn't the most important, but it linked into a blog I was reading the other day. I wanted to link to it.. but I can't find it. It was a poem someone had written called "1 or 3?" Anyway.. here is a quote from the talk;

"In that premortal council, wherein Jesus meekly volunteered to aid the Father's plan, He said, "Here am I, send me" (Abraham 3:27). It was one of those special moments when a few words are preferred to many. Never has one individual offered, in so few words, to do so much for so many as did Jesus when He meekly proffered Himself as ransom for us, billions and billions of us!

In contrast, we see in ourselves, brothers and sisters, the unnecessary multiplication of words--not only a lack of clarity, but vanity. Our verbosity is often a cover for insincerity or uncertainty. Meekness, the subtraction of self, reduces the multiplication of words."

So, after that.. what more have I to say? Goodnight.


Andy said...

I hardly feel like my poem is worthy of linking to such a quote by an apostle I love and admire so much... but this is probably the one you read, Helen.

1 or 3?

If I can say in one what you can say in three,
Then I, my friend, win the prize.
And I get to say in three what you do not get to say.

If I can say in one what you take three to say,
Then I get the pen, and the paper, and you get
The office, or the bank.

If I can say in one what you can say in three,
Then I get the mountains, and the seas, and the fields.
I get the deserts, and the animals.
I get the people who feel things I don’t get to feel.
I see it all, and it is real.

And I write it in three.

But if you can’t say in one what I said in three,
Then you will never see the world as I see.

Because long ago,
I said in one what you said in three.

Hedgee said...

I thought it was one of yours.. but I tried searching your posts.. and couldn't find it anywhere! Thanks for sharing! I really llike it! and your latest post - wow! Such lovely feeling in that one. You are very talented!