He talked about Pres Joseph F Smith & the D&C section 138.The Vision of the Redemption of the Dead.
In the talk Pres Ballard said the following:
The part that struck me most was the highlighted portion. I wish more members & leaders of our church would talk about the struggles they'veDuring his lifetime, President Smith lost his father, his mother, one brother, two sisters, two wives, and thirteen children. He was well acquainted with sorrow and losing loved ones.
When his son Albert Jesse died, Joseph F. wrote to his sister Martha Ann that he had pled with the Lord to save him and asked, “Why is it so? God why had it to be?”
Despite his prayers at that time, Joseph F. received no answer on this matter. He told Martha Ann that “the heavens [seemed like] brass over our heads” on the subject of death and the spirit world. Nevertheless, his faith in the Lord’s eternal promises were firm and steadfast.
had in life & how they overcame them. Maybe they have & I didn't hear it. We do it on a regular basis on this forum & it has helped me a lot. At the beginning of my FC I tried to pray & when I did, I felt clearly that the heavens were closed. Today I still have problems praying.
In your FC & your challenges in life has prayer helped you to overcome, understand why & strengthened your resolve to move forward? How?
I would like to get beyond this obstacle in my spiritual life & can't seem to be able to.