Scierra Clegg: Wilford Woodruff Teaches How to Handle Opposition

Videographer: Vincent Pelina

Speaker: Scierra Clegg

Young Adult Interviews


I am Scierra Clegg and I work on the biography team for the Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation. I'm a family history major, and I love researching people and I love reading their journals, and it's the whole reason I do family history is to kind of get an eye into the lives of people that came before us and see what we can learn and take from them and to help others and to make the world a better place.

Wilford Woodruff recorded in his journals, a story of a time where he, when he was in Missouri and they went to a house, and it ended up being a house of one of the people that were in the mob, and he said, they asked him for breakfast and you know, it was the custom of the Missourians to invite you in, even if they intended to cut your throat the minute you were through the door. So they sat in for breakfast and he had a big plate of bread and some other things for breakfast and they're eating, but the longer they ate, the more this guy starts swearing about the Mormons. And so he said, the more he swore, the more they ate, and so they had a great breakfast and they thanked him for his breakfast and walked out.

Wilford Woodruff said, "I trust the Lord will reward him for our breakfast," and I love this story because Wilford Woodruff had to go through a lot of opposition and a lot of hard things, and we do too. We have a lot of difficulties and adversity in our lives, but when you're connected to God and you have a perspective of why you're doing the things you're doing, and who you are and your purpose, you can do anything with a good attitude. President Nelson said that, "joy has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives," and I think Wilford Woodruff really understood that.