“Being human, we would expel from our lives physical pain and mental anguish and assure ourselves of continual ease and comfort, but if we were to close the doors upon sorrow and distress, we might be excluding our greatest friends and benefactors. Suffering can make saints of people as they learn patience, long-suffering, and self-mastery” Faith Precedes the Miracle (1972), 98. – President Spencer W. Kimball
He said about our time – yours and mine- that ours is the moment”upon which prophets, priests and kings in ages past have dwelt with peculiar delight; [all these ancient witnesses for God] have looked forward with joyful anticipation to the day in which we live; and fired with heavenly and joyful anticipations they hvae sung and written and prophesied of this our day;… we are the favored people that God has chosen to bring about the Latter-day glory” Teachings of Presidents of the Church; Joseph Smith, 186].
“Let me close with one of the greatest statements I have ever read from the Prophet Joseph Smith, who faced such immense difficulties in his life and who, of course, paid the ultimate price for his victory. But he was victorious, and he was a happy, robust, optimistic man. Those who knew him felts his strength and courage, even in the darkest of times. He did not sag in spirits, or long remain in any despondency.”