Many of us will have trials similar to what the Prophet Joseph Smith faced, and we may be hurt or offended merely because of our love for God. As he prayed for those who had despitefully used him and reviled against him, so should we be wiiling to pray for and forgive others. Blessings, Gargantuan
Joseph Smith's Forgiveness
"The Savior counseled that we should pray for those who 'despitefully use' us (Matthew 5:44). This principle is often overlooked in our prayers. The Prophet Joseph Smith understood it clearly. His petitions were fervent, his motives pure, and the blessings of heaven regular.
"Daniel Tyler, an associate of the Prophet, recalled an important occasion:" 'At the time, William Smith and others rebelled against ¬†¬†the Prophet [at Kirtland] ... I attended a meeting . . . where "Joseph" ¬†¬†presided. Entering the schoolhouse a little before [the] meeting opened, and gazing upon the man of God, I perceived sadness in his countenance and tears trickling down his cheeks. . . . A few moments later, a hymn was sung and he opened the meeting by prayer.
Instead of facing the audience, however, he turned his back and bowed upon his knees, facing the wall. This, I suppose, was done to hide his sorrow and tears." 'I had heard men and women pray especially the former from the most ignorant, both as to letters and intellect, to the most learned and eloquent, but never until then had I heard a man address his Maker as though He was present listening as a kind father would listen to the sorrows of a dutiful child.
Joseph was at that time unlearned, but that prayer, which was to a considerable extent in behalf of those who accused him of having gone astray and fallen into sin, [was] that the Lord would forgive them and open their eyes that they might see aright.
That prayer, I say, to my humble mind, partook of the learning and eloquence of heaven. There was no ostentation, no raising of the voice as by enthusiasm, but a plain conversational tone, as a man would address a present friend. It appeared to me as though, in case the Veil [was] were taken away, I could see the Lord standing facing His humblest of all servants I had ever seen. . . . It was the crowning . . . of all the prayers I ever heard' (Juvenile Instructor, Feb. 1892).