We can't comprehend the capacity of God

PROVO, Utah — Church members cannot comprehend the magnificent and remarkable capacity of God the Father and Jesus Christ, said Elder Neal A. Maxwell Feb. 16.

Speaking to members of the Spanish Fork and Salem Utah Regional Conference, Elder Maxwell of the Quorum of the Twelve said the most important revelation one can receive from the Holy Ghost is noted in Doctrine and Covenants 46:13: "To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world."

Elder Maxwell called the Savior's capacity stunning. "The Psalmist tells us that He knows and names all the stars, the planets and the galaxies. Our scientists have different names for them. He knows them. He numbers them. They have names. There is this grand scale of His capacity that we can't comprehend. We can't comprehend even the minute things He did."

Elder Maxwell made reference to an incident in Jesus' life, when He needed money to pay tribute. "He told His disciples to go and catch a fish and they would find the requisite coin in there," he said. "They did and the coin was just the right denomination to pay the tribute. We can't comprehend that staggering omniscience, but it is there and it operates to bless each of our lives."

Often, Elder Maxwell said, he thanks Jesus for the moments of His greatest agonies in Gethsemane and on Calvary "for having the character and capacity and the purity to endure what the Atonement required of Him."

He told the Church members that "we finite mortals" will not be able to comprehend the infinite Atonement.

"But we can believe in it and the Holy Ghost can bear witness of it so we have that powerful spiritual knowledge about the Atonement and about Jesus even though we can't comprehend it all."

Speaking of God the Father, Elder Maxwell said everything He does, He does for the benefit of His children.

"We can't comprehend it all, but we can rejoice in it and in the reassurances that He has given that He sees the end from the beginning. And as the Prophet Joseph Smith said, He has made 'ample provision' to bring His purposes to pass. . . . How blessed we are to know these things. How solemn is our obligation to others to bring to their ear the refreshing words of the gospel."

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