From Liberty Jail, Joseph wrote that his difficult experiences tutored him. "For my part, I think I never could have felt as I now do if I had not suffered the wrongs that I have suffered. All things shall work together for good to them that love God" (Letter from Joseph Smith to Presendia Huntington Buell, Mar. 15, 1839, Liberty Jail, Liberty, Missouri, in Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, comp. Dean C. Jessee , 427; punctuation modernized).
Elder Harold B. Lee observed: "There is a refining process that comes through suffering . . . that we can't experience any other way than by suffering. We draw closer to Him who gave His life that man might be. We feel a kinship that we have never felt before. He suffered more than we can ever imagine. But to the extent that we have suffered, somehow it seems to have the effect of drawing us closer to the Divine, helps to purify our souls and helps to purge out the things that are not pleasing in the sight of the Lord" (Teachings of Harold B. Lee, ed. Clyde J. Williams ,188).