Doctrine & Covenants 98:1
“Verily I say unto you my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted; yea, rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks;”
The persecution of the early Church in Missouri was growing. The Saints were being forced from their homes and the mobs were becoming more fierce. While in Kirtland, Ohio, Joseph Smith received a revelation to comfort and strengthen the suffering Saints. The Lord encouraged them to be comforted and to give thanks in all things. He told them to follow the laws and to be peaceful and patient.
Meanwhile, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon were called to preach in New York and Canada. The Lord promised that he would give them the words to say and that many souls will be saved if they will go and preach.
“Suffering is universal; how we react to suffering is individual. Suffering can take us one of two ways. It can be a strengthening and purifying experience combined with faith, or it can be a destructive force in our lives if we do not have the faith in the Lord’s atoning sacrifice. The purpose of suffering, however, is to build and strengthen us. We learn obedience by the things we suffer.” Robert D. Hales
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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