“When young Joseph Smith told the truth about his sacred experience in the grove, he was persecuted and mistreated. The adversary used ridicule as a weapon against him. ‘I was an obscure boy, . . . yet men of high standing would take notice sufficient to excite the public mind against me, and create a bitter persecution’ (Joseph Smith-History 1:22).
“Joseph grew in patience, temperance, and faith, notwithstanding the presence of enemies on every front. In Joseph’s own words: ‘Evil and designing men have combined to destroy the innocent, . . . yet the glorious Gospel in its fulness is spreading’ (History of the Church, 2:22). ‘No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing’ (History of the Church, 4:540).
“Even today there are those who misunderstand our doctrine and challenge the unchanging values by which we are invited to live.”