Joseph F. Smith -- January 1996
Oh! Israel, Israel, thou hast ever been a stubborn and stiff necked people. Come to me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, give ear to my words, hearken to my council, and I will reason with you as one reasons with another, I will show you the path, that will lead you to my righteousness, but you must come to me united in prayer, you must desire my righteousness in unity, you must be willing to abide those former commandments which I have given, even at the beginning of this My work in these latter days. I have heard your prayers, and will answer them in mine own due time. Run not before the Lord, have patience, for blessed are those who wait upon the Lord. My Zion will yet be established, and blessed are they who seek to push forward the cause of Zion, but it will be established according to the precepts and the merits I have given. Behold, if you would be a part of this work you must come together in unity, laying aside your differences, and seeking my righteousness. Again i say unto you, You must come with a broken heart, a contrite spirit, and be willing to abide My council. Even so I am Jesus Christ, the beginning and the end Amen and amen.