“We know that we have been endeavoring with all our mind, might, and strength, to do the will of God, and all things whatsoever He has commanded us. . . . And now, dear and well beloved brethren---and when we say brethren, we mean those who have continued faithful in Christ, men, women and children---we feel to exhort you in the name of the Lord Jesus, to be strong in the faith in the new and everlasting covenant, and [be not] frightened at your enemies. . . . Hold on even unto death” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, p. 376).