Elder Dallin H. Oaks recounted the story in 2 Kings 6:8-18 in his October 1992 general conference address, about Elisha's response to his servant who saw the Syrian horses and chariots surrounding the city. Elisha responded on that occasion, "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them." The prophet then prayed that the Lord would open the eyes of the servant, and the young man then saw the mountain full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
Elder Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve commented: "Bible stories such as these do not mean that the servants of God are delivered from all hardship or that they are always saved from death. Some believers lose their lives in persecutions, and some suffer great hardships as a result of their faith. But the protection promised to the faithful servants of God is a reality today as it was in Bible times."All over the world, faithful Latter-day Saints are protected from the powers of the evil one and his servants until they have finished their missions in mortality. For some the mortal mission is brief, as with some valiant young men who have lost their lives in missionary service. But for most of us the mortal journey is long, and we continue our course with the protection of guardian angels."