Doctrine and Covenants 121:45

Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.


Devin G Durrant, LDS General Conference, October 2015

What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:

This was written by Joseph Smith the Prophet in an epistle to the Church while he was a prisoner in the jail at Liberty, Missouri.

Thoughts about this scripture:

Its interesting to me that in response to Josephs plea for mercy, part of the council of the Lord was to have charity for others. And a promise of greater understanding of the gosple and the priesthood. Like Christ on the cross had charity and forgiveness to the soldiers that crucified him, we should strive to emulate this by enduring our trials well and not be hardened by it.

How does this strengthen my testimony

Some of the most powerfull scriptures and testimonies come from times of great distress. Job, Paul, And John all delivered aome of their most powerful witnesses when they were in prison or sorely aflicted.

I also know that some of my sources of spiritual strength comes from times of trial in my own life.