No Unhallowed Hand Can Stop The Work From Progressing

“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.”