Nothing Can Hinder the Almighty

Doctrine and Covenants 121:33

33 How long can rolling waters remain impure? What power shall stay the heavens? As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream, as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints.

Elder Carlos E. Asay said:

“I assure you that opposition to our cause testifies of its divinity. Would satanic powers combine against us if we were not posing a threat to such powers? . . . I assure you that opposition, if met and overcome, has a refining influence upon our lives. . . . The Savior learned obedience by the things which He suffered (see Hebrews 5:8). Joseph Smith’s oppositions gave him experience and worked for his good (see D&C 122:7). . . . I assure you that the waters in which we are wont to swim are but little puddles when compared with the deep rivers of opposition in which the Prophet Joseph and others swam (see D&C 127:2). . . . I assure you that our cause is just and it will succeed, regardless of the opposition exerted against us. Earlier Saints were bolstered by these words: ‘As well might man stretch forth his puny arm to stop the Missouri river in its decreed course, or to turn it up stream, as to hinder the Almighty from pouring down knowledge from heaven upon the heads of the Latter-day Saints’ (D&C 121:33).”

(“Opposition to the Work of God,” Ensign, Nov. 1981, 68–69.)

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