Notes on Patience – Submissive as a Child

Patience is something that is tested in my life every day, as I am sure it is for most of us. I thought that perhaps it would be a good idea for me to begin a study that was a bit more in depth so that I could know how to gain a self-mastery that I do not have right now. I hope that my readers will enjoy following this series of posts on patience and that it may help someone else out there, as much as it has helped me. To see more posts, check out Notes on Patience

For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a child, submissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father. (Mosiah 3:19)

  • When I was just entering into adulthood, I often received compliments for how patient a person I was. It was part of my nature to be patient and consequently forgiving of others. I have noticed many times over the years, that I am not as patient or forgiving as I once was. I don’t normally associate patience with children, but in my life I was a much more patient person as a child. I think that part of patience is the willingness to give up some of the control I feel like I must have in order to be happy. I thrive on being able to control things in my life, but it seems that the best lessons I learn come when I give that control to God and allow him to do His will. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said the following:

    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. (Continue in Patience)

    Patience can be extremely difficult and it is a lesson that I think will continue for a long time to come, but being more patient truly means submitting as child to a father.

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