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Joseph Smith: I am like a rough stone rolling...

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    • Elder Orson F. Whitney wrote, "No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted." Such cosmic conservation! He continues, "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." (Ibid., p. 4.) (Neal A. Maxwell, All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1979], 42.)
    • Messages of Inspiration from President Hinckley, LDS Church News, 1997, 10/04/97 It isn't as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don't worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work out. If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us, . . . if we will put our trust in Him, if we will pray to Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.-From priesthood session, Jordan Utah South Regional Conference, March 1, 1997
    • Howard W. Hunter, The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, edited by Clyde J. Williams, p.202 Things will always get better if we live and love the gospel. In my lifetime I have seen two world wars plus Korea plus Vietnam and all that you are currently witnessing. I have worked my way through the depression and managed to go to law school while starting a young family at the same time. I have seen stock markets and world economies go crazy and have seen a few despots and tyrants go crazy, all of which causes quite a bit of trouble around the world in the process.
    • Howard W. Hunter So I am frank to say tonight that I hope you won't believe all the world's difficulties have been wedged into your decade or that things have never been worse than they are for you personally, or that they will never get better. I reassure you that things have been worse and they will always get better. They always do-especially when we live and love the gospel of Jesus Christ and give it a chance in our lives. (93-01, p. 68)
    • Joseph Trials “Never get discouraged, whatever difficulties might surround [you]. If [you were] sunk in the lowest pit of Nova Scotia, and all the Rocky Mountains piled on top of [you], [you] ought not to be discouraged, but hang on, exercise faith and keep up good courage and [you] should come out on top of the heap.” (George A. Smith’s journal, quoted by Preston Nibley, in Church Section, 12 Mar. 1950, p. 16.
    • As a child shot at persecuted and hated, Leg operation… walked on Crutches for 3 years…very hard labor…
    • 200 plus legal entanglements
    • First four children die: Baby Alvin, Thaddeus, Louisa, and Joseph Murdock
    • Tarred and Feathered, Poisoned, Betrayed by his closest Friends
    • Joseph Smith, The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, compiled and edited by Dean C. Jessee, p.543 - 544 And as for the perils which I am called to pass through they seem but a small thing to me, as the envy and wrath of man has been my common lot all the days of my life and for what cause it seems mysterious, unless I was ordained from before the foundation of the world for some good end, or bad as you may choose to call it. Judge ye for yourselves, God knoweth all these things wether it be good or bad,
    • Joseph Smith, The Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, compiled and edited by Dean C. Jessee, p.543 - 544 but nevertheless deep water is what I am wont to swim in, it all has become a second nature to me and I feel like Paul to glory in tribulation for unto this day has the God of my Fathers [p.1] delivered me out of them all and will deliver me from henceforth for behold and lo I shall triumph over all my enemies for the Lord God hath spoken it.
    • …know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good...(D&C 122:8)
    • Why we suffer? (compiled by Bro. Maughan) • 1 We suffer because of our own sins and errors (1 Peter 4:15-16; 2 Ne. 2:27) • 2 Because we live in a fallen world and the conditions of mortality …bring pain and suffering. ( Matt. 5:45; 2 Ne. 2:11; Mos. 4:2) • 3 The sins and transgression’s of others over which we have no control. (Jacob 2:35) • 4 We Suffer for righteousness sake- • Divine Tutorials (D&C 122:7; Mosiah 23:21;D&C 101:4; 132:37; 2 Cor. 12:7-9; 1 Peter 3:12-14)
    • Elder Bruce C. Hafen, The Atonement: All for All, Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.97 • The Fall was not a disaster. It wasn’t a mistake or an accident. It was a deliberate part of the plan of salvation. We are God’s spirit “offspring,” sent to earth “innocent” of Adam’s transgression. Yet our Father’s plan subjects us to temptation and misery in this fallen world as the price to comprehend authentic joy.
    • Elder Bruce C. Hafen, The Atonement: All for All, Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.97 • Without tasting the bitter, we actually cannot understand the sweet. We require mortality’s discipline and refinement as the “next step in [our] development” toward becoming like our Father. But growth means growing pains. It also means learning from our mistakes in a continual process made possible by the Savior’s grace, which He extends both during and “after all we can do.”
    • Elder Bruce C. Hafen, The Atonement: All for All, Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.97 • Adam and Eve learned constantly from their often harsh experience. They knew how a troubled family feels. Think of Cain and Abel. Yet because of the Atonement, they could learn from their experience without being condemned by it. Christ’s sacrifice didn’t just erase their choices and return them to an Eden of innocence. That would be a story with no plot and no character growth. His plan is developmental—line upon line, step by step, grace for grace.
    • Elder Bruce C. Hafen, The Atonement: All for All, Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.97 • So if you have problems in your life, don’t assume there is something wrong with you. Struggling with those problems is at the very core of life’s purpose. As we draw close to God, He will show us our weaknesses and through them make us wiser, stronger. If you’re seeing more of your weaknesses, that just might mean you’re moving nearer to God, not farther away.
    • Why we suffer? • 1 We suffer because of our own sins and errors (1 Peter 4:15-16; 2 Ne. 2:27) • 2 Because we live in a fallen world and the conditions of mortality …bring pain and suffering. ( Matt. 5:45; 2 Ne. 2:11; Mos. 4:2) • 3 The sins and transgression’s of others over which we have no control. (Jacob 2:35) • 4 We Suffer for righteousness sake- • Divine Tutorials (D&C 122:7; Mosiah 23:21;D&C 101:4; 132:37; 2 Cor. 12:7-9; 1 Peter 3:12-14)