I'm sure that most of you in Utah are aware of Brother Maxwell's passing, but for those who aren't, here's the Church's press release:
"Elder Neal A. Maxwell, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died last night after a lengthy battle with leukemia. He was 78 years of age. " (For the full thing, here's the link: http://www.lds.org/newsroom/showrelease/0,15503,3881-1-19712,00.html).
My words won't do justice to who he was, mostly because I only know him through his sermons; but from what I understand of his personal life Elder Maxwell was a true Christian. He lived his own words masterfully, but more important, he honestly tried to live by the word of the Lord. His deep love for the gospel together with a love for knowledge in general has been influential on both my spiritual and intellectual development. He taught that we shouldn't compartmentalize, that the spiritual and intellectual are bound. Along those lines, Elder Maxwell, as an astute political observer and one-time Political Science professor, taught that the world's problems will never be solved with the world's solutions--only the gospel can give lasting responses to the policy issues we debate.
Well, that's my modest tribute to a great (shouldn't there be a better word) man. If any of you have remembrances, comments, or tributes, please write them.