Latter-Day Saints need to remember that those who live now are being called upon to work out our salvation in a special time of intense and immense challenges. [During] the last portion of the dispensation of the fullness of times...great tribulation and temptation will occur. The elect will almost be deceived and unrighteous people will be living much as they were in the days of Noah. Therefore, though we have rightly applauded our ancetors for their spritual achievements and we don't and must not discount them now, those of us who prevail today will have done no small thing. The special spirits who have been reserved to live in this dispensation of the fulness of times will one day be praised for their stamina by those who pulled handcarts.
Elder Neal A. Maxwell, "Notwithstanding My Weakness", p. 18