“Life isn’t always easy.
At some point in our journey we may feel much as the pioneers did as they crossed Iowa–up to our knees in mud, forced to bury some of our dreams along the way.
We all face rocky ridges, with the wind in our face and winter coming on too soon. Sometimes it seems as though there is no end to the dust that stings our eyes and clouds our vision. Sharp edges of despair and discouragement jut out of the terrain to slow our passage.
Occasionally we reach the top of one summit in life, as the pioneers did, only to see more mountain peaks ahead, higher and more challenging than the one we have just traversed.
Tapping unseen reservoirs of faith and endurance, we, as did our forebears, inch ever forward toward that day when our voices can join with those of all pioneers who have endured in faith, singing, ‘All is well! All is well!’”
(Elder M. Russell Ballard, in Conference Report, Apr. 1997, 82)