Hyrum Smith, Church Patriarch, 1841–1844
Bonds and imprisonments and persecutions are no disgrace to the Saints. It is that that is common in all ages of the world since the days of Adam. . . . The same things produce the same effect in every age of the world. We only want the same patience, the same carefulness, the same guide, the same grace, the same faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. . . . What we do not learn by precept we may learn by experience. All these things are to make us wise and intelligent that we may be the happy recipients of the highest glory.
Orson F. Whitney, Apostle, 1906–1931
No pain that we
suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It
ministers to our education, to the development of such
qualities as patience, faith, fortitude and humility.
All that we suffer and all that we endure, especially
when we endure it patiently, builds up our characters,
purifies our hearts, expands our souls, and makes us more
tender and charitable, more worthy to be called the children
of God . . . and it is through sorrow and suffering,
toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that
we come here to acquire and which will make us more
like our Father [in heaven].