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"A worthwhile attitude for all of us could well be, 'Help us, O Lord, to remember thy love for us and help us to be fortified by Thy strength when our eyes are blurred with tears of sorrow and our vision is limited.' It is expedient for all of us, particularly those who may be weighed down by grief because of acts of misconduct or misfortune, to recall that even the Prophet Joseph Smith had hours of despair because of his very trying experiences in the Liberty Jail. Perhaps he too was entitled to question, 'What did I do wrong? What have I done to displease Thee, O Lord? Where have I failed? Why are the answers to my prayers and pleas withheld?' In response to the feelings of his heart and mind he cried out: 'O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that covereth thy hiding place?' (D&C 121:1.) The reassuring response came: 'My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes.' (D&C 121:7-8.)"—Elder Marvin J. Ashton, If Thou Endure It Well, General Conference, October 1984

"Let us prepare ourselves, so that, in whatsoever we are corrected, we may be passive in the hands of the servants of God, and thank the Lord; for whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son and daughter he receives."

Wilford Woodruff
"Journal of Discourses", 4:322

"Men cannot shut the mouth of President Wilford Woodruff, nor mine, when it comes to rebuking iniquity.  It is our duty to do it.  We are here for that purpose.  We are watchmen upon the towers of Zion.  It is our business and duty to point out errors and follies among men; and if men will not receive it, they must go their own way and abide the consequences.  Those who will not obey righteous counsels will be the sufferers, and not those who rebuke iniquity."

Joseph F. Smith
"Collected Discourses, 1886-1898", Volume 4
10 November, 1895

"The revelations of God have got to be fulfilled.  When?  Some time before the coming of the Son of Man--and that is not far off.  Therefore, let us try to live our religion, and set an example before one another and the world.  I accept the reproof of any Apostle or Elder if there is any requirement of the Lord that I am not fulfilling.  That is the way I feel, and I think we all should feel so."

Wilford Woodruff
"Giving Heed To Counsel"
General Conference, 7 October 1894

"I am glad that there is the disposition in the President of the Church and in God, Who speaks through His servants, to reprove the congregations of Israel when they need reproof, as well as to commend them, when their lives are worthy of commendation. We should receive reproof with the same spirit that we receive commendation."

Hyrum M. Smith
"General Conference Reports", p. 81
October 1908

"While the person who initiates the reproof has an obligation to show forth an increase of love after the reproof, the person being reproved also has an obligation to assist in the reconciliation process. When we are reproved by another person-a parent or priesthood leader, for example-we should first be humble and meek enough to accept the reproof. President Benson observed that pride is concerned with who is right while humility is concerned with what is right."

Spencer J. Condie
"In Perfect Balance", p. 162

"The world has riches beyond anything we have, but we have the one precious thing that they do not have, and it is worth more than all other things in the world—the saving principles, the priesthood, the virtue and the power of the gospel of the Son of God. And that is the thing the world will desire more than they want anything else, and they will come to it. Shall we be prepared to give it to them? We will be, if we are wise; and this is the day when I say we ought to set our houses in order, a day when we ought to repent. And if we need chastisement, it will come to us, and sorrow will come to us, only for the purpose of turning our hearts to the Lord in humility and faith to obtain and maintain the blessings God has promised to the faithful." - Melvin J. Ballard, “Conference Report,” April 1918, Second Meeting—Outdoors, p.142

Divine chastening has at least three purposes: (1) to persuade us to repent, (2) to refine and sanctify us, and (3) at times to redirect our course in life to what God knows is a better path. -
D. Todd Christofferson, “As Many as I Love, I Rebuke and Chasten,” Ensign (CR) April 2011

Anxious Uzzah, who steadied the ark in ancient Israel, was smitten for his actions. (2 Samuel 6:6; 1 Chronicles 13:9.) Some may reason that he was only trying—though mistakenly—to help out. But given the numerous times the Lord had saved and spared Israel, including the high dramas of the Red Sea and of the manna from heaven, surely He knew how to keep the ark in balance! - Neal A. Maxwell, "Meek and Lowly," p.15

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