Doctrine & Covenants 121:7-8; 7 My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment;
8 And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.
The scripture, written 20 March 1839, has a context that only adds power to it. Joseph Smith and some companions in the Church had been imprisoned at Liberty, Missouri in an underground jail room of poor conditions for several months. Their petitions for justice and assistance had been ignored even though Judge and others in the case had admitted their innocence, and their fear to assist. The Governor Boggs of Missouri had issued an unconstitutional extermination order for all Mormons. The Governor wrote, “The Mormons must be treated as enemies and must be exterminated or driven from the state”. Joseph Smith did end up assassinated, while imprisoned again at Carthage, Illinois, 27 June, 1844; only after much suffering and abuse but also seeing the Church grow despite this persecution.
Most men do not suffer like this but all do suffer what they can bear. The scripture does give a promise that if we suffer well and do not complain too much and do all necessary we can and will be rewarded. I give this today,the day after remembering Easter and our Saviour’ sacrifice and atonement for sins, as a testimony of God’s goodness and plan for all to be blessed for their valiance and obedience. All will be given the opportunity to receive and accept the Gospel and thus receive the same rewards given to the great servants of the Church. For info email me or go to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website
In this video Elder Jeffrey R. Holland describes the Savior’s solitary journey to overcome sin and death and testifies of the resulting blessings to all mankind.