While it is true that we may wish that the Lord would hasten the destruction of the wicked---especially when we are receiving persecution from them---President Young warned the Saints in his day to be careful in their wishes, since they may not be prepared yet for the destruction of the wicked. He advised the Saints to focus instead upon purifying themselves:
The Lord and His prophets have counseled us to prepare ourselves for the events of the last days that will take place prior to His Return. As we prepare ourselves, He has promised us that we will feel a spirit of comfort and peace in our souls: “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.”2 Our fears will diminish, and we will be filled with faith, instead of fear.
When the tribulations of the last days have concluded and the night of darkness and turmoil is over, the Saints will be rewarded for their faithfulness. It will be the dawning of a glorious epoch that will be so immensely wonderful that the memories of our previous troubles will pass from our minds like waking from a terrible nightmare. Our children will grow up in peace and righteousness.
This will be a truly magnificent day. We will be able to commune with our Savior, to thank Him personally, with our tears, for His atoning sacrifice on our behalf. We will meet our dearly departed ancestors and loved ones, and delight in their presence. We will visit and rejoice with them, as we are filled with gratitude and immersed in the merciful glory of the Lord. What wonderful blessings are in store for the righteous!
The Lord has told His prophets that there are many severe judgments that await those who are defiantly disobedient, “when the wrath of God shall be poured out upon the wicked without measure.”2 It is astounding to contemplate the magnitude of the predicted destructions that will descend upon the heads of the wicked.
This gospel knowledge will cause a significant change among the Saints. In the early days of the Church, many of the Saints found that they were given added strength to remain faithful in spite of the severe trials and persecution that came upon them. They reported that it was the depth of the doctrine they received from the Prophet Joseph that gave them strength to carry on.
What will they do? They will hear of the wisdom of Zion, and the kings and potentates of the nations will come up to Zion to inquire after the ways of the Lord, and to seek out the great knowledge, wisdom, and understanding manifested through the Saints of the Host High. They will inform the people of God that they belong to such and such a Church, and do not wish to change their religion.”14
The early brethren were well aware that Joseph would be the first person in this dispensation to be resurrected. Six months after Joseph’s death, Heber C. Kimball told the Saints in Nauvoo that “Joseph will be the first man who will rise from the dead, and then all men according to their proper order.”23
As the tares are flushed out of the Church, this process will strengthen and sanctify it. The persecution and trials that will come upon the Church will help to remove the dross, and prepare the Church to be the worthy bride who will meet the returning Bridegroom in glory and splendor.17 The Saints will increase in righteousness as the Church is purified, and this will enable them to accomplish many important tasks in the latter days, to prepare the way for the Savior’s Second Coming in glory and power.