Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great. Behold, the Lord requireth the heart and a willing mind; and the willing and obedient shall eat the good of the land of Zion in these last days.
“To do one’s best in the face of the commonplace struggles of life, and possibly in the face of failures, and to continue to endure and persevere with the ongoing difficulties of life---when those struggles and tasks contribute to the progress and happiness of others and the eternal salvation of one’s self---this is true greatness” (“What Is True Greatness?,” BYU Devotional, February 10, 1987).
The Bible tells us Noah was not successful in saving anyone but himself and his family. Perhaps not unlike missionaries today, who serve faithful missions in a wicked world, who do not find success in conversions, but who strengthen their own testimonies, thus saving themselves and their future family.
The life story of William W. Phelps is one of faith, despair, forgiveness, and love. It is one of the most wonderful stories of the Restoration and early history of the Church, and well worth reviewing