The following is an excerpt of the writings of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his book Stride toward Freedom (1958). During the busboycott in Montgomery, Martin Luther King felt under more and more pressure in the light of attacks against him and his family. The following words remind me of what the prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. might have gone through during the persecutions that the saints had to endure:
“I was ready to give up. In this state of exhaustion, when my courage had all but gone, I decided to take my problem to God. With my head in my hands, I bowed over the kitchen table and prayed aloud. The words I spoke to God that midnight are still vivid in my memory: I am here taking a stand for what I believe is right. But now I am afraid. The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter. I am at the end of my powers. I have nothing left. I’ve come to the point where I can’t face it alone.”
“At that moment, I experienced the presence of the Divine as I had never experienced Him before. It seemed as though I could hear the quiet assurance of an inner voice saying: “Stand up for righteousness, stand up for truth; and God will be at your side forever”.