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Elder Holland quoted George Q. Cannon as he taught a great lesson on the character of God.
"No matter how serious the trial, how deep the distress, how great the affliction, [God] will never desert us. He never has, and He never will. He cannot do it. It is not His character [to do so]. He is an unchangeable being; the same yesterday, the same today, and He will be the same throughout the eternal ages to come. We have found that God. We have made Him our friend, by obeying His Gospel; and He will stand by us. We may pass through the fiery furnace; we may pass through [page 20] deep waters; but we shall not be consumed nor overwhelmed. We shall emerge from all these trials and difficulties the better and purer for them, if we only trust in our God and keep His commandments" ("Freedom of the Saints," in Collected Discourses, comp. Brian H. Stuy, 5 vols. [1987â€”92], 2:185; cited by Jeffrey R. Holland, "Come unto Me," Ensign, Apr. 1998, 20).