By EMILY CANNON
Elder Neal A. Maxwell, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will speak at a Church Educational System fireside Sunday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Marriott Center.
Elder Maxwell has served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles since 1981. He previously served as a President of the First Quorum of the Seventy from 1976 to 1981 and as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve from 1974 to 1976.
In 1970 he was appointed commissioner of the Church Educational System.
Elder Maxwell earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science from the University of Utah. He was awarded honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Utah, Westminster College, Utah State University, Ricks College and BYU.
He is married to the former Colleen Hinckley. They are the parents of four children and 24 grandchildren.
Emily Jane Hintze, 20, a junior from St. Louis, Mo., majoring in communications, said she plans on attending the fireside, because she appreciates the unique opportunity offered by the CES firesides.
“I think that people don’t fully realize that right here, at their fingertips, General Authorities come to speak to us on a regular basis,” Hintze said.
Martha Beddoes, 21, a senior from Sandy, majoring in art history, said the planning behind the CES firesides enables students to take advantage of the opportunities.
“Many students are busy during the week and miss the Devotional, but choose not to do homework on Sundays, so they attend the monthly CES firesides,” Beddoes said.
CES firesides are broadcast live to institutes and stake centers across the nation.
The fireside will also be rebroadcast Sunday, Feb. 20 at 6 and 11 a.m. on KBYU-TV.