“Why Will He Not Show Himself in This Land as Well as in the Land of Jerusalem”

Bryan Richards

Neal a Maxwell

"The demands of discipleship should be our focus, not what we unsubmissively demand of God.
"The demands disbelievers make of God would be comedy if they were not tragedy, some of those living in the Western Hemisphere before the birth of Jesus demanding. 'Why will he not show himself in this land as well as in the land of Jerusalem?' (Helaman 16:19.) Elsewhere some taunted Jesus while He hung on the cross, saying, 'He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ' (Luke 23:35)
"No divine demonstration followed these queries or taunts. The mortal desire for manifestations, but on our terms, is clearly inconsistent with the plan of the Lord. In times of stress He relies on the steadiness of our discipleship, not on an abundance of showmanship; on persuasion, not intimidation." (Not My Will But Thine, p. 91)