Two commitments that may have helped Joseph Smith endure his challenges were his devotion to God and his devotion to the people he served. "I have given my life into [God's] hands," he once wrote. "I am prepared to go at his call. I desire to be with Christ. I count not my life dear to me, only to do his will." Later, just before the Martyrdom, he added, "I am ready to be offered a sacrifice for this people" (Letter to Emma Smith, June 6, 1832, in Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, comp. Dean C. Jessee , 264–65; History of the Church, 6:500).
Bearing with adversity requires patience and faith in Jesus Christ. "Be still and know that I am God," the Lord told Joseph Smith (D&C 101:16). We can better endure when we are quietly confident in the Lord's plan. Lehi reassured his son, "God . . . shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain" (2 Nephi 2:2). Centuries later, the Savior encouraged the Nephites, "Look unto me, and endure to the end, and ye shall live; for unto him that endureth to the end will I give eternal life" (3 Nephi 15:9).