The LDS.org newsroom for July 22 has the passing away of Elder Neal A. Maxwell as its top story. Such an inspiring man and Apostle! I always perked up when he spoke at General Conference, anxious to hear to enjoy his rich use of the English language and his insights into the Gospel. He seemed to exude a deep and intelligent enthusiasm for God and the Gospel. I always felt that he spoke as one who really knew and understood.
His fondness of C.S. Lewis sparked my own interest in Lewis’ marvelous writings. (Lewis has much to offer for Latter-day Saints and Christians of all denominations, and has some perspectives so close to LDS viewpoints that its easy to think of him as “nearly Mormon” – a label that I’m sure would have shocked him while he was in mortality.)
Elder Maxwell’s personal example in dealing with suffering also inspires me. His loyalty to God and the Gospel was not based on convenience. The strait and narrow path provided some exceptionally straitening moments for him, but he endured to the end, firm in his testimony of Christ. He will be missed.