I am an engineer and a philosopher and a poet and a husband, as if labels could tell you anything significant.  I am in my century of ascent, my hundred years of solitude upon the face of the earth, and I am determined not to lock myself too tightly into any one path, lest the others suffer the neglect.  The tree of life offers many fruits.

Of course, why do I write?  Not to know that I am not alone, but more as an echo chamber to sound out the question which resounds within me:  why do we so often limit ourselves?  Forget that—more importantly, why do I so often limit myself?  Why do I insist on death when the Lord offers me life?  Now we start to get to the heart of the matter—these essays are self-admonitory, inviting me to make the leaps of faith I know I should (a problematic word!).  My brain’s soil is reserved for the terrible questions—“for the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, … bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed” (Heb. 6:7).

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  1. I stumbled across your blog, and I really appreciate what I have seen thus far. I don’t have any formal background in philosophy, but I read across a spectrum of topics relating to religion and history, and I appreciate your efforts to put thoughts on cyberpaper.

    • Thanks for your kind assessment, Michael. I dabble myself, so it’s reassuring when someone finds some utility in what I’ve done.

  2. Dear Elder Davis, I have been so impressed by your writings. I’m not quite sure where you find the time to do all you do, but please know how uplifting some of your columns have been to me (I haven’t read all of them yet…) Merry Christmas to you and your family. Love, Sister DeBry

  3. Thank you for your inspirational website. While attending seminary classes at the U of U some years ago, I heard a talk by Elder Maxwell I have been searching for ever since. He spoke about the pre-existence and it’s importance in teaching us how to better understand ourselves here. I believe it was a talk given at BYU, but I am not sure. If you have any leads, please share them at your convenience. Sincerely, Michele Gaddis

    • Michele, the main talk about the pre-mortal existence that Elder Maxwell gave is Premortality, A Glorious Reality, a general conference talk. There are some others I can think of with references to the pre-mortal life, but this one seems to cover your basic criterion of discussing the importance of the perspective it affords us. Let me know if that isn’t the one and we can look further into it.

  4. I think you might be my grandpa if your in your 80’s, otherwise, sorry Neal. Did you have two kids back in the late 50’s with a lady named Joanne?

    • Nope, sorry. I’m about sixty years too young for that.

  5. Hello
    I have just discovered this site. It is wonderful. Do you know where I can get mp3’s of these talks? I listen while traveling and find it the best way for me to learn.
    Thank you

    • Beyond what is available through the lds.org General Conference web site, I don’t. I’m certain that CES or someone must have access to digitized versions of many of these talks, but I am afraid I can’t help you at this point.

  6. I have a mp3 of Maxwell “When the Heat of the Sun Cometh”

    I would love to help any other Maxwell lovers get a copy as I can see people are searching all over for it.

    Where should I send it?

    • You can email me at ascentury at gmail dot com. If it’s too big for email, try using http://transferbigfiles.com/. Thanks a lot.

      • Could i get a copy of the mp3 of “When the Heat of the Sun Cometh?

  7. I will like a copy of elder Maxwell’s “When the Heat of the Sun Cometh also please.
    thank you

  8. Neal A. Maxwell – When the Heat of the Sun Cometh – http://higherlaws.com/audiolinks/Maxwell/When%20The%20Heat%20of%20the%20Sun%20Cometh.mp3

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