One of my favorite statements of the Prophet Joseph Smith is at the end of his account of the First Vision: "It seems as though the adversary was aware, at a very early period of my life, that I was destined to prove a disturber and an annoyer of his kingdom; else why should the powers of darkness combine against me?"
What was true of Joseph Smith is true of all of us. We were born to disturb and annoy the devil's kingdom. His rule of the lakeshore will not go unopposed. He will in the end be crushed, just as the Lord indicated in the Garden of Eden before the great battle began. We will be part of his defeat. We intend to take possession of the entire earth, and we will do so. It should not surprise us that he will hinder us at every turn, but the Lord's "widsom is greater than the cunning of the devil." Let us avail ourselves of that wisdom. It is contained in the words of prophets and apostles, both written and spoken.. It is whispered by the Holy Ghost. It is exemplified in the life of God's well-beloved Son. Let us trust in His love for us and diligently labor to deepen our love for Him. Then, as the Book of Mormon promises, we will "land our souls, yea, our immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out." (Heleman 3:30.)