To 'carry on' or to 'endure joyfully' requires faith, courage in adversity

Enduring or "carrying on" is not just a matter of tolerating circumstances, but of pressing forward, Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Council of the Twelve said Saturday evening.

"I know that's what most of us find difficult - to endure joyfully," he observed.He told of a competitor at a high school track meet who had lost his shoe after his foot had been accidentally spiked by the shoe of another runner. The competitor, who had been the leader in the mile run, did not give up, but finished the race, despite feeling the pain of the cinders on his shoeless foot with each stride he took.

Elder Ashton said that Elder Bruce R. McConkie of the Council of the Twelve, just before passing away in 1985, had this message for his wife: "Carry on."

While attending a stake conference in Idaho, Elder Ashton recalled, he noticed three children among a group of Primary children who sang "I Am a Child of God." The three, he noticed, were deaf and were signing the words of the song with their hands.

"They had not given up singing just because they had no voice," Elder Ashton commented. "Someone had taught them to carry on."

The apostle then recited the words to the hymn "Carry On."

He said missionaries today have carried on even though they have experienced harassment, destruction, vandalism and even the loss of lives. "Few, if any, have asked for release or transfers as the winds of fire, destruction and danger have blown in their paths."

Quoting President Ezra Taft Benson's talk to a group of youths in Southern California, he said: "Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not . . . . God has saved for the final inning some of His strongest children, who will help bear off the kingdom triumphantly."

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