We’re working to upload each of the annual Neal A. Maxwell lectures from 2007 to the present to YouTube. Today’s addition comes from Alan C. Ashton, who delievered the sixth annual Neal A. Maxwell Lecture in April 2012. His devotional approach highlights various names used in scripture to identify Jesus Christ and discusses what the names indicate about the mission of Jesus Christ. A transcript of Ashton’s address is available here, which includes an appendix of the names for Christ that Ashton has collected in his study of the scriptures.
“I would like to discuss this seven-word title, which is centered on Christ—‘Oh How Surely Christ Sanctifies His Own’—and explain what it means to me. How does Christ sanctify? And who are those whom Christ owns? I appreciate this opportunity to bear witness of the reality of Christ and of his sanctifying influence in our lives as we covenant to do his will and obey his commandments. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, King David declared, ‘For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou, Lord, becamest their God.’ Neal A. Maxwell, in whose honor we meet, was such an Israelite disciple of Christ, sanctified and owned by Christ.” —Alan C. Ashton
About Alan C. Ashton
Ashton received his PhD in computer science at the University of Utah and was a professor of computer science at Brigham Young University. He was cofounder of WordPerfect Corporation and Thanksgiving Point. He served as president of the BYU 14th Stake and later as president of the Canada Toronto West Mission from 2004 to 2007. He has also served as bishop of a Young Single Adult ward in Provo, Utah. Ashton and his wife Karen have eleven children and fifty-two grandchildren.