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Faith and Frustration

In the early years of the Church, Heber C. Kimball saw displays of both great faith and disappointing pettiness from Church members. Having seen beloved friends leave the Church because of mistreatment by other members, Kimball thought about how he would react if members’ behavior were even worse. “Suppose you should all act like devils,” he taught in an 1853 sermon, “What is that to me? What has that to do with my religion? I am to serve God and keep his commandments perfectly independent . . . from the acts of any other person in God’s world.”

Heber C. Kimball, October 7, 1853: Sermon on the Trials of the Pioneers,” history.lds.org