Have any of you read Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk “Continue in Patience?” This Sunday I’m teaching the lesson in Relief Society based on this talk.
There is so much to learn, so many good bits of wisdom that he offers.
UAdd a Note “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.”
Who doesn’t want a deeper happiness in life? We must wade through the bitter and unpleasant in order to really appreciate the joy.
“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!”
Many times when I hear the words patience I have an image in my mind of someone sitting and waiting but Elder Uchtdorf tells us patience is not passive. He uses action words – work, hope, exercise – to explain how we must continue on in patience.
“Impatience, on the other hand, is a symptom of selfishness. It is a trait of the self-absorbed. It arises from the all-too-prevalent condition called “center of the universe” syndrome, which leads people to believe that the world revolves around them and that all others are just supporting cast in the grand theater of mortality in which only they have the starring role.”
This definition of impatience really struck a chord! Applying some introspection I’ve come to realize that while I can be very patient in some things – waiting in long lines, taking time to learn a new concept, etc. – there are certain everyday things and situations that cause me to become impatient. I often tease saying the reason I have so many children is because I haven’t learned patience yet. I become impatient when it takes longer for them to finish a math assignment than what I think it should. I show impatience when I am interrupted – while reading a book, playing the piano, working on the computer, etc. It is definitely a virtue that I need to work on!
What are some areas where it is easy for you to have patience?
What every day things cause you to lose your patience?