“Because of the Prayers of the Righteous, They Were Spared”
39 And thus ended the thirty and first year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi; and thus they had had wars, and bloodsheds, and famine, and affliction, for the space of many years.
40 And there had been murders, and contentions, and dissensions, and all manner of iniquity among the people of Nephi; nevertheless for the righteous’ sake, yea, because of the prayers of the righteous, they were spared.
President Spencer W. Kimball said:
“There are many . . . upright and faithful who live all the commandments and whose lives and prayers keep the world from destruction.”
(“Voices of the Past, of the Present, of the Future,” Ensign, June 1971, 16.)