“The Lord Attends Israel in a Pillar of Cloud by Day and a Pillar of Fire by Night”

Exodus 13:21–22

21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

President George Albert Smith said:

“I should like to . . . call attention to the fact, that from the beginning of time, so far as this earth was concerned, when it was populated, our Heavenly Father has been advising His children what to do, in order that they might be happy. He has never counseled them to do anything that would make them unhappy. He has offered a premium of eternal happiness to those who will live in mortality according to His advice and counsel.

“When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they disobeyed the commandments of the Lord. It was not very long until they were doing things that displeased Him. Notwithstanding, they were led all day by a pillar of cloud, and at night their whereabouts was indicated by a pillar of fire [see Exodus 13:21–22]. A cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night!”

(In Conference Report, Apr. 1944, 27.)

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