In 1978, the late Neal A. Maxwell delivered a powerful and, in the view of many, a prophetic sermon at Brigham Young University.  Its title was Meeting the Challenges of Today.

In this talk, Maxwell foresaw the rise of irreligion as a new state religion and predicted that the important moral issues of human life, family, marriage and religious rights would become subjects of scorn and persecution by this new dominant philosopy, which he called “the Secular Church.”

The following video from Seth Adam Smith does a good job of highlighting selected portions of this memorable address, now considered a classic of Latter-day Saint religious and freedom teaching.

Neal A. Maxwell (1926-2004) was an was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Church leaders holding this office are sustained by faithful Mormons as “prophets, seers, and revelators” and are considered to be special witnesses of Jesus Christ.

The text of Elder Maxwell’s landmark speech, as well as the original video and audio recordings, are available at the BYU Speeches website.