Talk of Patience

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Some words from the talk I gave in church two days ago. Not my own-- quoted words. Words that resonate with me... good words. 

"Patience—the ability to put our desires on hold for a time—is a precious and rare virtue. We want what we want, and we want it now. Therefore, the very idea of patience may seem unpleasant and, at times, bitter. Nevertheless, without patience, we cannot please God; we cannot become perfect. Indeed, patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace.

… patience [is] far more than simply waiting for something to happen—patience require[s] actively working toward worthwhile goals and not getting discouraged when results [don't] appear instantly or without effort.

There is an important concept here: patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!

Patience means staying with something until the end. It means delaying immediate gratification for future blessings. It means reining in anger and holding back the unkind word. It means resisting evil, even when it appears to be making others rich.
Patience means accepting that which cannot be changed and facing it with courage, grace, and faith. It means being “willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us], even as a child doth submit to his father.” Ultimately, patience means being “firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord”every hour of every day, even when it is hard to do so. In the words of John the Revelator, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that
keep the commandments of God, and … faith [in] Jesus.” 

Patience is a process of perfection. The Savior Himself said that in your patience you possess your souls.  Or, to use another translation of the Greek text, in your patience you win mastery of your souls. Patience means to abide in faith, knowing that sometimes it is in the waiting rather than in the receiving that we grow the most. This was true in the time of the Savior. It is true in our time as well, for we are commanded in these latter days to “continue in patience until ye are perfected.” "                

Pres. Uchtdorf  April 2010


  1. This was so very timely for me. Thank you for posting this - I really needed to read this!

  2. Loved your talk by the way, you did an excellent job and it was evident you'd spent some time on it - always appreciated at church. ;-)

  3. The word "endure" kind of translates to "agony" in my mind, so I traveled to my handy-dandy dictionary to look the word up: "To bear patiently; tolerate" is the definition I liked best. I learned a lot form your quotes and I wished I could have listened to your talk. You are the best!

  4. whoa, I had forgotten that talk. Clearly meant for me. I need to read it regularly. Thanks for sharing.


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