Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 67: October 19, 1905
The lessons are very simple, but they go very deep. Trials borne for Christ bring us to the heart of Christ. The nearer we are to Him the more calmly we shall look on the sunshine and the shadow too. It is His sunshine, and it is His shadow. Joined to Him we shall arm ourselves with the same mind, and pray for those who have wronged us or are wronging us. If they refuse to own us or receive us, let us hope for the time when the clouds will pass, and for the day of Christ, when all the ﬂock will be gathered in the fold upon the everlasting hills. Let us pray that God will protect us and preserve us in whatever He has appointed of joy and of sorrow. Every time of trial is a time when the New Country becomes very near. We shall soon pass from the Church militant to watch from the eternal shere the tempest-tossed ser vants of our Master making for the haven, troubled on every side, but not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed. The extraordinary vividness and certainty with which the eternal world has been apprehended in times of persecution must strike everyone who has studied the annals of the martyrs. By bearing pain and loss in the Christian way, we shall persuade men. It shall turn unto you for a testimony, said our Lord Himself. The faithfulness unto death of Christ's witnesses has done more, perhaps, even than the preaching of the Gospel, to persuade the world that Christ lives and reigns.
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