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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Persecution

“In today’s world, unless we are on guard, we will join the many people who are comfort-seekers. We will, thereafter, try to find some place where there is 72°F. temperature, where we can lie relaxed, with no effort, be fed, tended, and protected. The Lord never told us that life was supposed to be easy, comfortable, or convenient. Life is all upstream. It is all uphill. If we quit the struggle, we will be washed downstream. We face ahead some narrow places, both as individuals and as a church. We are ‘shot at’ with criticism and opposition from many directions.

“If you feel that you must answer every criticism and challenge that comes your way, a single critic or one heckler can occupy your full time. I have learned that there is one place to search for approval and that is up—to be approved of our Lord and of our Heavenly Father.” - Boyd K. Packer, “That All May Be Edified,” p. 249

We are far removed from the days of our forefathers who were persecuted for their peculiar beliefs. Some of us seem to want to share their reward but are ofttimes afraid to stand up for principles that are controversial in our generation. We need not solicit persecution, but neither should we remain silent in the presence of overwhelming evils, for this makes cowards of men. We should not go out of the path of duty to pick up a cross there is no need to bear, but neither should we sidestep a cross that clearly lies within the path of duty. - Ezra Taft Benson, “Conference Report,” October 1964, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p.56

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