Summarized by Kent Larsen
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!"