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"Patience is truly a mighty virtue and can be developed as we become peacemakers and make up our mind to be patient within our own life as well as with others." - Franklin D. Richards, "Be a Peacemaker," Ensign, November 1983, p. 58

"Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature. There seems to be an unending supply of challenges for one and all. Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required." - Thomas S. Monson, "Patience-A Heavenly Virtue," Ensign, November 1995, p. 59

"It is not an easy church to belong to. The gospel requires dedication and sacrifice. It is not an easy church to administer. With the patterns of the priesthood as they are, men and women are called from every walk of life to teach and to lead and to serve. We have members with every level of gospel knowledge, leadership ability, talents, and testimony. We learn to be patient with one another." - Boyd K. Packer, "The Peaceable Followers of Christ," Ensign, April 1998, p. 66

"The dues of discipleship are high indeed, and how much we can take so often determines how much we can then give! I believe it was George MacDonald who observed that in the process of life, we are not always the already-tempered and helpful hammer which is shaping and pounding another. Sometimes we are merely the anvil. Thus, as already indicated, patience is a vital virtue in relation to our faith, our free agency, our attitude toward life, our humility, and our suffering. Moreover, patience will not be an obsolete attribute in the next world!" - Neal A. Maxwell, "Patience," Ensign, October 1980, p. 30

"Amid the frustrations at having done what is right only to see things go wrong, faith is taxed unless it is augmented by patience. We often need to wait for better perspective than the present provides. Then, as the darkness of disappointment yields to the dawn's light, purposes previously hidden become apparent. However, if in our frustrations we 'rush to judgment' by being upset or angry, we let loose a flood of toxic emotions. The workhorse virtues of faith and patience can prevent, dilute, dissolve, as well as 'mop up' after such toxic floods of feelings." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Lord, Increase Our Faith," p.118

"The greatest scriptural examples of patience are found in the life of Jesus Christ. His long-suffering and endurance are best demonstrated on that excruciating night in Gethsemane as He uttered, in His atoning agony, 'O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt' (Matthew 26:39). He truly suffered and bore and endured all things.

"While nailed to the cross on Calvary, Christ continued in His perfect example of patience as He uttered the singular words, 'Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do' (Luke 23:34).

"These examples of patience have greater meaning for us when we consider the admonition found in 3 Nephi: 'Therefore, what manner of men ought ye to be? Verily I say unto you, even as I am' (3 Nephi 27:27)." - Robert C. Oaks, "The Power of Patience," Ensign, November 2006

"As we try to deal patiently and lovingly every day with fussy babies, challenging teenagers, difficult roommates, less-active spouses, or elderly, disabled parents, we may ask ourselves: 'Is what I am doing really important? Does it matter or make a difference?' Dear sisters, what you are doing with your families matters! It matters so very, very much. Daily, each of us learns and relearns at home that charity, the Savior's pure love, never faileth. So many Relief Society sisters do great good serving in their families. These faithful women do not receive the praise of the world—nor do they seek it—but 'of some have compassion, making a difference.' (Jude 1:22.)" - Anne C. Pingree, "Charity: One Family, One Home at a Time," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.108

"Patience involves the temperate acceptance of the passage of time. Patience also requires us to optimally use the time which we have available to us, for the Lord has declared that 'he who is faithful and wise in time is accounted worthy to inherit the mansions prepared for him of my Father'  (D&C 72:4).  The desire to use time wisely has given rise to an explosion of diversified time-management devices, daily planners, and the like. There is, of course, justifiable merit in using calendars and appointment books of various kinds to help bring order to our lives. But none of these time-management materials can help us to establish the specific content of our priorities. They may help us order the things which must be done today, and tasks that should be accomplished today, and activities which would be nice to do if time permits. However, it is up to us to allocate adequate time in reading the scriptures, in prayer and meditation, and in serving others 'after hours.'" - Spencer J. Condie, In Perfect Balance , p.22

"A certain amount of impatience may be useful to stimulate and motivate us to action. However, I believe that a lack of patience is a major cause of the difficulties and unhappiness in the world today. Too often, we are impatient with ourselves, with our family members and friends, and even with the Lord. We seem to demand what we want right now, regardless of whether we have earned it, whether it would be good for us, or whether it is right. Some seek immediate gratification or numbing of every impulse by turning to alcohol and drugs, while others seek instant material wealth by questionable investments or by dishonesty, with little or no regard for the consequences. Perhaps the practice of patience is more difficult, yet more necessary, now than at any previous time." — Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Patience, a Key to Happiness," Ensign (CR), May 1987, p.30

“Learn how to pray and how to receive answers to your prayers. When you pray over some things, you must patiently wait a long, long time before you will receive an answer. Some prayers, for your own safety, must be answered immediately, and some promptings will even come when you haven't prayed at all.” - Boyd K. Packer, “Spiritual Crocodiles,” Ensign (CR), May 1976, p. 30

“I have learned this also, the value of patience. Events fly so swiftly by us that they are not seen in their proper relation, We little understand the movement of time. It takes time to bring to pass the fruition of God's purposes. Not always are the combinations seen in a few years, in a generation even. Men and women plod out their slow lives in their menial duties, and in the offices and callings that come to mortality, sometimes fretting and sometimes wondering if God will never justify their sacrifices; but lo, and behold, a generation passes; their sons follow them and their sons stand in their stead; and lo, the work of the Lord has been accomplished in the thing that they hitherto had undertaken! A pioneer goes into a far distant country. In travail, trouble, poverty and distress, he plows the ground, sows and reaps, and sees the fruitage gone year after year, perhaps, but finally the culmination comes, where a temple is reared upon the very place he first set his foot, and the land blossoms under the blessing of the Almighty. He was the beginning of it, the one who spread the way and who opened up the means for the accomplishment of the thing that ultimately the Lord, our heavenly Father, gave to him and to his succeeding generations.” - William A. Hyde, “Conference Report,” April 1924, Third Day—Morning Session, p. 102

"Waiting can be hard. Children know it, and so do adults. We live in a world offering fast food, instant messaging, on-demand movies, and immediate answers to the most trivial or profound questions. We don’t like to wait. Some even feel their blood pressure rise when their line at the grocery store moves slower than those around them.

"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." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Continue in Patience," Ensign (CR) May 2010

In our approach to life, patience also helps us to realize that while we may be ready to move on, having had enough of a particular learning experience, our continuing presence is often a needed part of the learning environment of others. Patience is thus closely connected with two other central attributes of Christianity—love and humility. - Neal A. Maxwell, "Notwithstanding My Weakness," p.66

All through the scriptures the loftier expectation is expressed by the Lord and His apostles: Believe, repent, obey the ordinances, walk in the light of the Spirit, endure in faith—yes! But also, manifest your discipleship in civility, in gentility and tender compassion, in kindness and consideration, in patience and forbearance and refusal to condemn, in forgiveness and mercy. - Marion D. Hanks, "More Joy and Rejoicing," Ensign (CR), November 1976, p.31

My dear brethren, the work of patience boils down to this: keep the commandments; trust in God, our Heavenly Father; serve Him with meekness and Christlike love; exercise faith and hope in the Savior; and never give up. The lessons we learn from patience will cultivate our character, lift our lives, and heighten our happiness. They will help us to become worthy priesthood bearers and faithful disciples of our Master, Jesus Christ. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Continue in Patience," Ensign (CR) May 2010

We must have patience in order to withstand pain and grief without complaint or discouragement, which detract from the Spirit. It’s necessary to have patience in the face of tribulation and persecution for the cause of truth, which sets an example because the manner in which we bear our cross will be an influence to others to help lighten their load. - Angel Abrea, “Patience in Affliction,” Ensign (CR) April 1992

The Book of Mormon provides insight into the relationship between patience and charity. Mormon, after pointing out that if a man “have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity,” goes on to name the 13 elements of charity, or the pure love of Christ. I find it most interesting that 4 of the 13 elements of this must-have virtue relate to patience (see Moroni 7:44–45). - Robert C. Oaks, “The Power of Patience,” Ensign (CR) October 2006

He says, "ask," "seek," and "knock." It's as if he were standing there with outstretched hands, waiting for us to reach out and take them. If we do not reach out, he cannot help. - Eldred G. Smith, “Conference Report,” October 1967, Afternoon Meeting, p.82

Patience must be our constant companion during the journey which carries us toward that great goal, “Continue in patience until ye are perfected,” the counsel the Lord gave to the elders of the Church. (D&C 67:13.) – Angel Abrea, “Patience in Affliction,” Ensign (CR) May 1992

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