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BYU Fireside Hears Maxwell Discuss Merits of Mentoring
Salt Lake Tribune 7Feb00 D3
By Jon Lamoreaux: Special to the Tribune

PROVO, UTAH -- Elder Neal A. Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles spoke to a capacity crowd Sunday night in the BYU Marriott Center, telling those attending about the importance of "mentoring and tutoring." Elder Maxwell's remarks were carried on the LDS Church's satellite system as part of the Church Educational System's monthly fireside, which relayed the remarks to LDS Institutes and meetinghouses throughout North America and the World.

Elder Maxwell told the audience, "Mentoring is an exercise filled with hope. Christ often corrected before commending." In his remarks, Maxwell defined Mentoring and suggested that Mentors ask questions of those they are mentoring, "Tactical as well as spiritual advantage can accompany inspired questions," he said. "These put the ball on the other side of the net, leaving people free to respond without our being unduly pressing or aggressive."

He also suggested that Mentors are forgiving, helping those they mentor to improve, "The emancipation that can come with forgiveness is clearly part of the lubricant of love the Lord wants to be pervasive in his church. The eloquence of Jesus' example of long-suffering and patience with each of us is surely something we must emulate more than we usually do in our relationships with each other!"


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