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we must learn to be righteous in the dark (Brigham Young; Maxwell)

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(Brigham Young’s Office Journal, 28 January 1857)(emphasis added)
quoted by Elder Neal A. Maxwell, September 1982 fireside

See also 1 Nephi 8:4-8

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