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Alma 30:41-45

“Perhaps some members of the Church today are troubled with a less dramatic form of sign seeking. In D&C 121, the Lord refers to members aspiring to the honors of men. One of the reasons we aspire to position is that we somehow feel that being called to a high position is a ‘sign’ that the Lord approves of our efforts and that if we are not called, we have failed to measure up.” (Michael K. Parson)

“A Campbellite preacher came to Joseph Smith, He came in and made himself known to Joseph and said that he had come a considerable distance to be convinced of the truth. ‘Why,’ said he, ‘Mr. Smith, I want to know the truth, and when I am convinced, I will spend all my talents and time in defending and spreading the doctrines of your religion, and I will give you to understand that to convince me is equivalent to convincing all my society, amounting to several hundreds.’ Well, Joseph commenced laying before him the coming forth of the work and the first principles of the Gospel, when Mr. Hayden exclaimed, ‘O this is not the evidence I want, the evidence that I wish to have is a notable miracle; I want to see some powerful manifestation of the power of God, I want to see a notable miracle performed; and if you perform such a one, then will I believe with all my heart and soul, and will exert all my power and my extensive influence to convince others; and if you will not perform a miracle of this kind, then I am your worst and bitterest enemy.’ ‘Well, said Joseph, ‘what will you have done? Will you be struck blind, or dumb? Will you be paralyzed, or will you have one hand withered? Take your choice, choose which you please, and in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ is shall be done.’ ‘That is not the kind of miracle I want,’ said the preacher. ‘Then sir,’ replied Joseph, ‘I can perform none; I am not going to bring any trouble upon any body else, sir, to convince you.’” (George A. Smith)