Thursday, March 19, 2015

Patient in All Things

In my church we do something called Visiting Teaching, and it's where the women make visits to the other ladies we go to church with. You actually go to their house, or maybe meet for lunch, and it just gives you the chance to visit together, socialize and share a short, uplifting message with the person you visit.

All of the messages this year focus on different attributes of Christ's life that we should strive to emulate. This month's topic is about being patient and long-suffering. I really liked this quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, one of the leaders in the LDS church:

"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 ... even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well! ... 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.” 

This statement gives good advice to anyone who has a life that can be challenging, which I'm pretty sure will include everyone, at least at some point in their life. I know it isn't easy to "submit to all things" (especially cheerfully), but when you have no other choice, you just have to! You just have to take tough stuff one day at a time.


jamie @ [kreyv] said...

I am loving this year's messages! Hope you are doing well!

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