Where Should We Place Our Confidence?…


As a Church and a people it behooves us to be wise, and to seek to know the will of God, and then be willing to do it; for blessed is he that heareth the word of the Lord, and keepeth it, say the Scriptures. Watch and pray always, says our Savior, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape the things that are to come on the earth, and to stand before the Son of Man. If Enoch, Abraham, Moses, and the children of Israel, and all God’s people were saved by keeping the commandments of God, we, if saved at all, shall be saved upon the same principle. As God governed Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as families, and the children of Israel as a nation; so we, as a Church, must be under His guidance if we are prospered, preserved and sustained. Our only confidence can be in God; our only wisdom obtained from Him; and He alone must be our protector and safeguard, spiritually and temporally, or we fall.” – Joseph Smith, “Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” selected and arranged by Joseph Fielding Smith, p.253

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