I was talking about troubles, but I don’t know that we need talk or care about them. We have had some little amusements and frolics among the Gentiles, some few difficulties, but we have struggled through them all, and we are all here safe and sound. True, some of our friends have dropped by the way, they have fallen asleep, but what of that? and who cares? It is as well to live as to die, or to die as to live, to sleep as to lie awake, or to be awake as to sleep − it is all one, they have only gone a little before us. For example, we have left other parts and come here, and we think we have got to Zion; they have gone to the world of spirits, and they think they have got to heaven; it is all right. We have left some of our friends behind in various places; when they arrive here, they will shake hands with us, and be glad they have got to Zion; and when we go to where our departed friends are gone, we shall strike hands with them, and be glad we have got to heaven; so it is all one. Although our friends were sorry when we left them, yet they rejoiced as well as we, that we were going to Zion; and so we shall rejoice with those who have died in the Lord, for they rest from their labors. — President John Taylor, Journal of Discourses 1:17, August 22, 1852
He presides over the worlds on worlds that illuminate this little planet, and millions on millions of worlds that we cannot see; and yet He looks upon the minutest object of His creations; not one of these creatures escapes His notice; and there is not one of them but His wisdom and power has produced. But that is no matter to me, I speak with regard to you. Is there a man who believes, or professes to believe in what Jesus says, where he declares by one of his Apostles, or by more than one pointedly, there is no half way work in this matter? Now if you can believe it, it is directly to the point; says he, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments;” and if you do not love me, you will not keep my commandments − this follows as a matter of course; and that will show to my Father, and to my brethren that follow me, that you do love me; and so say I, they that love the Lord Jesus, will keep his commandments. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 1:40, July 11, 1852
If there cannot be a people anywhere found that will listen to the word of God and receive instructions from him, how can his kingdom ever be established? It is impossible? What is the first thing necessary to the establishment of his kingdom? It is to raise up a Prophet and have him declare the will of God; the next is to have people yield obedience to the word of the Lord through that Prophet. If you cannot have these, you never can establish the kingdom of God upon the earth. What is the kingdom of God? It is God’s government upon the earth and in heaven. — Elder John Taylor, “The Kingdom of God or Nothing,” A Sermon Delivered in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, November 1, 1857, reported by G. D. Watt; Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, pp. 26-27
Some of you are tried because you do not have many things you would like to have. If you had those things, you would not be tried in that point, and it is therefore necessary you should be placed in that position. It may be necessary, after awhile, that you should be tried with more of the things of this life than you know what to do with. — Elder John Taylor, “The Kingdom of God or Nothing,” A Sermon Delivered in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, November 1, 1857, reported by G. D. Watt; Journal of Discourses, Vol. 6, pp. 26-27
This life is but a chapter in the eternal plan of our Father. It is full of conflict and seeming incongruities. Some die young. Some live to old age. We cannot explain it. But we accept it with the certain knowledge that through the atoning sacrifice of our Lord we shall all go on living, and this with the comforting assurance of His immeasurable love.
He has said, “Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me.” (D&C 19:23)
And there, my brothers and sisters, we rest our faith. Regardless of the circumstances, we have the comfort and peace of Christ our Savior, our Redeemer, the living Son of the living God. I so testify in His holy name, even the name of Jesus Christ, amen. — President Gordon B. Hinckley, “War and Peace,” Ensign, May 2003