I am awed by our Creators who use means to bring about Their most significant objectives. God is willing to allow his plan for His children to come about through the hands and minds of mortals. He is a God of HR—His resource of choice, and He is willing to allow for agency and error . . . and so Our Lovely Deseret is a messy project and far from finished. Some builders of Zion, through tireless exertions and passionate concern have laid an invaluable foundation, however, the work continues to require the best blood. His and ours.
I am inspired by this declaration made by one from the early days of zion building, who gave hers and used His;
To look at our situation at this present time it would seem that Zion is all destroyed, but it is not so. The work of the Lord is on the march. The spirit of the Lord has rested upon me within a few months as it never did before, and although I have labored hard over the sick night and day yet communion with my heavenly Father has sweetened many hour of toil and acts. With courage bold let us stand putting our trust in the Lord which alone will disable the power of darkness to flee before us. Be of good cheer amidst opposition. Faint not on the way. I know the path is very narrow and straight for weary pilgrims like us and only here and there do we find a traveler to accompany us on our journey, but the Lord will conduct us safely to the end. ~Elizabeth Haven Barlow