In a talk given to BYU students in 2008, Elder Holland shared his thoughts, testimony, and feelings about Liberty Jail and the prophet Joseph Smith's experiences there. I don't know about you, but every time I hear or read something written by Elder Holland, I can feel his testimony. It is so profound and so real. I loved this quote about how our own "Liberty Jail" experiences can bless each of us:
"...you can have sacred, revelatory, profoundly instructive experiences with the Lord in any situation you are in. Indeed, you can have sacred, revelatory, profoundly instructive experiences with the Lord in the most miserable experiences of your life—in the worst settings, while enduring the most painful injustices, when facing the most insurmountable odds and opposition you have ever faced."
I believe that this is true. I have been in some of those horrible settings, and I have experienced some of the most sacred and beautiful spiritual moments and joys during them. At this point in my life, I am not living in a "miserable" experience, but all times in life can present their shares of hardships. It is reaffirming to me to know that I truly can still have amazing experiences and receive great revelation when life isn't perfect.
Also in this talk, Elder Holland bears a wonderful testimony, which is the quote on this printable today: "I testify that bad days come to an end, that faith always triumphs, and that heavenly promises are always kept."
I am so grateful for living and past prophets and apostles who have taught us the Lord's true gospel and way for obtaining eternal happiness. I know that God WILL keep His heavenly promises!