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Notes on Patience – An Abundance of the Spirit

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

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

And the remission of sins bringeth meekness, and lowliness of heart; and because of meekness and lowliness of heart cometh the visitation of the Holy Ghost, which Comforter filleth with hope and perfect love, which love endureth by diligence unto prayer, until the end shall come, when all the saints shall dwell with God. (Moroni 8:26)

  • If I am patient, I will be blessed with the spirit more abundantly in my life. The spirit is long-suffering, meek and temperate, so I need these qualities more, in order to have the spirit with me. I love to feel the spirit in my life and it is something I pray daily to have. If I seek to be more patient, I know I will have this blessing in my life more often. The blessing of the spirit will help me to be able to more patiently endure to the end.
  • Notes on Patience – Learning in Order to Teach

    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

    And behold, he preached the word unto your fathers, and a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts, and they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and living God. And behold, they were faithful until the end; therefore they were saved. (Alma 5:13)

  • I cannot plan to teach patience to others, especially my children, unless I understand it enough myself. If I fly off the handle when they do something I think is wrong, they will learn to behave the same to others. If I have humility, faith and put my trust in God, then I can teach my children what it is to have patience, because these are things that lead to it.
  • Notes on Patience – Remembrance of Affliction

    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

    And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; (Exodus 3:7)

    And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. (Acts 7:10)

    Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success. (Alma 26:27)

  • Having a remembrance of those who have gone before is so important in life. There are many who have been made to suffer, such as the children of Israel in Egypt, Joseph of Egypt who had been sold by his brothers, Job, the people of Alma before they arrived in Zarahemla (see Mosiah 24), the sons of Mosiah as they went out to preach the word of God to the Lamanites, or most importantly the Savior of the world. When discussing Job, President Thomas S. Monson said this:

    Job was a “perfect and upright” man who “feared God, and eschewed evil.” Pious in his conduct, prosperous in his fortune, Job was to face a test which could have destroyed anyone. Shorn of his possessions, scorned by his friends, afflicted by his suffering, shattered by the loss of his family, he was urged to “curse God, and die.” He resisted this temptation and declared from the depths of his noble soul, “Behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.” “I know that my redeemer liveth.”

    Job became a model of unlimited patience. To this day we refer to those who are long-suffering as having the patience of Job. He provides an example for us to follow. (They Marked the Path to Follow)

    Job is just one of the many examples for us.

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    And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. (Alma 7:11)

    And the world, because of their iniquity, shall judge him to be a thing of naught; wherefore they scourge him, and he suffereth it; and they smite him, and he suffereth it. Yea, they spit upon him, and he suffereth it, because of his loving kindness and his long-suffering towards the children of men. (1 Nephi 19:9)

    My son, be faithful in Christ; and may not the things which I have written grieve thee, to weigh thee down unto death; but may Christ lift thee up, and may his sufferings and death, and the showing his body unto our fathers, and his mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and of eternal life, rest in your mind forever. (Moroni 9:25)

    Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin discussed the great and perfect example of the Savior once, when he said the following:

    The Lord, Jesus Christ, is our perfect example of patience. Though absolutely unyielding in adherence to the truth, he exemplified patience repeatedly during his mortal ministry. He was patient with his disciples, including the Twelve, despite their lack of faith and their slowness to recognize and understand his divine mission. He was patient with the multitudes as they pressed about him, with the woman taken in sin, with those who sought his healing power, and with little children. Finally, he remained patient through the sufferings of his mock trials and his crucifixion. (Patience, A Key to Happiness)

    I do not have any of these kinds of physical bondage or affliction to live with, and I am grateful for that. I see that I should be able to be more patient in my own trials so that I can love more and be a better person.

  • Notes on Patience – More Out of Life

    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

    And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. (Ether 12:27)

  • God has shown me that I have a weakness in being patience. However, I know that if I can humbly recognize this weakness, and still continue to move forward with faith in the Lord, He can help me to be stronger still. The Lord has the power to mold me into the patient person that I long to be. Patience can be the strength of my faith. Elder Neal L. Maxwell said, “Clearly, without patience, we will learn less in life. We will see less. We will feel less. We will hear less. Ironically, rush and more usually mean less.” My life will be more, if I can have greater patience. (see Patience)
  • Notes on Patience – Seeing it Through

    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

    Yea, cleave unto me with all your heart, that you may assist in bringing to light those things of which has been spoken—yea, the translation of my work; be patient until you shall accomplish it. (D&C 11:19)

  • When I am given a commandment or inspiration by God, I cannot do it halfway. I need to see it all the way through, because I do no believe that God would ask us to do things to be quitters. As Nephi said, God gives no command to us without preparing a way for us to accomplish it (See 1 Nephi 3:7). He did not say God gives us a way to try it and move on. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said the following:

    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! (Continue in Patience)

    I am sure that the blessings and knowledge will be more fully gained, if I can faithfully and patiently accomplish the things that God has asked of me.

  • Notes on Patience – Unity in the Church

    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

    18 Therefore be diligent; stand by my servant Joseph, faithfully, in whatsoever difficult circumstances he may be for the word’s sake.
    19 Admonish him in his faults, and also receive admonition of him. Be patient; be sober; be temperate; have patience, faith, hope and charity. (D&C 6:18-19)

    5 For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.
    6 For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory. (D&C 21:5-6)

  • I need to have patience with others in the church. Patience brings a unity that strengthens the church of Christ. I must recognize that all people are human and make mistakes. The gospel is still true even if someone I look up to does something that is not according to its standards. This is something I understand much more as an adult than I did as a child. I think I allowed the flaws of my church leaders to hinder the growth of my own testimony. Now as I recognize my own flaws, I can see that we are each trying to do the best as we understand it. Even the prophet and other general authorities are mortal beings striving to live as people of God. If I have patience with my fellow saints and my leaders, doing all that is asked of me, God will not let them lead me astray. My patience with them, will make me stronger and I will learn so much more, especially when my faith must be tried.
  • Notes on Patience – Avoiding in Order to Achieve

    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

    21 An inheritance may be gotten hastily at the beginning; but the end thereof shall not be blessed.
    22 Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee. (Proverbs 20:21-22)

  • There are plenty of ways that I can earn immediate, earthly rewards now, but if I seek for these things I will have no reward in the end. I cannot be tolerant of evil in this life, but rather I must find it replusive, because that is how I will show my patience with God. It is living a life avoiding sin as much as possible, and repenting often for the errors of my ways, that will bring the great rewards after this life.
  • Notes on Patience – Lessons from God

    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

    Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Romans 2:4)

    The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

    And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his goodness and have tasted of his love, and have received a remission of your sins, which causeth such exceedingly great joy in your souls, even so I would that ye should remember, and always retain in remembrance, the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, and his goodness and long-suffering towards you, unworthy creatures, and humble yourselves even in the depths of humility, calling on the name of the Lord daily, and standing steadfastly in the faith of that which is to come, which was spoken by the mouth of the angel. (Mosiah 4:11)

    And it came to pass that when they had humbled themselves sufficiently before the Lord he did send rain upon the face of the earth; and the people began to revive again, and there began to be fruit in the north countries, and in all the countries round about. And the Lord did show forth his power unto them in preserving them from famine. (Ether 9:35)

    Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel. (Alma 26:16)

  • God’s patience and long-sufferance with me are much greater than I ever will have to bear with Him. It may sometimes seem like my prayers are not answered for a long time, but God is waiting for me to learn lessons, remember him, and most times for me to be willing to go through the repentance process, so that he can bless me with the answers I seek. His patience with me, allows me the opportunity to become humble and repent for the things I have done, so that I can have a greater reward after this life through the atonement of His Son. We can see examples all through the scriptures of his patience with His people on earth, in which he gives every opportunity (more than any of us truly deserve) for repentance before the negative consequences he has promised. God is truly a patient God and that is one of the things that we should be striving to become in order to be like Him.
  • Notes on Patience – Comforting Others

    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

    And the office of thy calling shall be for a comfort unto my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun., thy husband, in his afflictions, with consoling words, in the spirit of meekness. (D&C 25:5)

  • I have the calling to be a righteous wife and mother. As such, my consoling words and meekness of attitude can help my family members to be patient through their own trials. I have the duty and ability to support and comfort them so that we all might be blessed. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, of the Quorum of the Twelve, said the following:

    Patience with family members and others who are close to us is vital for us to have happy homes. However, we often seem more willing to be courteous and polite with strangers than with those in our own family circles. For some reason, criticism, sharp language, and quarreling too often seem to be acceptable at home but not away from home. Husbands, be patient with your wives; and wives, be patient with your husbands. Don’t expect perfection. Find agreeable ways to work out the differences that arise. . . . Parents, be patient with your children. Read to your little children and help them with their schoolwork, even if you need to tell or show them the same thing many times. Elder Richard L. Evans said, “If they find that they can trust us with their trivial questions, they may later trust us with more weighty ones” (Ensign, May 1971, p. 12). Capitalize on their natural curiosity and help them develop a love for learning. Teach them the principles of the gospel in simple terms. Be patient with them if they disturb family home evening or family prayers. Convey to them the reverence you feel for the gospel, Church leaders, and the Savior.

    A family is strengthened when patience is used in the home. (Patience, A Key to Happiness)

  • Notes on Patience – Depending on Prayer

    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

    If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. (2 Chronicles 20:9)

    But behold, I, Jacob, would speak unto you that are pure in heart. Look unto God with firmness of mind, and pray unto him with exceeding faith, and he will console you in your afflictions, and he will plead your cause, and send down justice upon those who seek your destruction. (Jacob 3:1)

    And thou didst hear me because of mine afflictions and my sincerity; and it is because of thy Son that thou hast been thus merciful unto me, therefore I will cry unto thee in all mine afflictions, for in thee is my joy; for thou hast turned thy judgments away from me, because of thy Son. (Alma 33:11)

    And now, O my son Helaman, behold, thou art in thy youth, and therefore, I beseech of thee that thou wilt hear my words and learn of me; for I do know that whosoever shall put their trust in God shall be supported in their trials, and their troubles, and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up at the last day. (Alma 36:3)

    And be you afflicted in all his afflictions, ever lifting up your heart unto me in prayer and faith, for his and your deliverance; for I have given unto him power to build up my church among the Lamanites; (D&C 30:6)

    30 O Lord God, how long wilt thou suffer that such wickedness and infidelity shall be among this people? O Lord, wilt thou give me strength, that I may bear with mine infirmities. For I am infirm, and such wickedness among this people doth pain my soul.
    31 O Lord, my heart is exceedingly sorrowful; wilt thou comfort my soul in Christ. O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I may have strength, that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me, because of the iniquity of this people. (Alma 31:30-31)

  • To have a good outcome with my patience, I have to pray. There are things in life, that I cannot handle alone, but with the Lord, I believe I can get through anything. As I was studying this topic earlier, I noticed that my scripture book mark says, “Dear Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me that you and I can’t handle…”. That just seems to perfect and fitting. Patience takes trusting that the Lord will help me through anything that comes my way, I just have to remember Him and come unto Him in prayer and faith. I need to pray for the strength and comfort that only He can provide, so that I can patiently endure. I also found a great story of having patience along with prayer, which can be read here: Waiting Patiently on the Lord. Prayer and patience will overcome all things.

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