This is a letter my bishop sent out to members of our ward. I thought the link to the article was perfect and thought I would share it!
The Church has just published the following on their website;
In an earlier time of persecution, Joseph Smith corresponded with John Wentworth, a Newspaper Editor. A portion of letter has been memorized by tens of thousands of missionaries.
“The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done” (History of the Church, 4:540).
Surely this is a time in which calumny defames. However, we remain confident in the divinity of this work. The teachings of the Savior inspire us to respond to attacks with forgiveness. Our best defense against controversy is silence.