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The Power of Patience

by | Nov 30, 2022 | General Conference

by Elder Robert C. Oaks of the Presidency of the Seventy. General Conference October 2006.

How do we move our behavior from that of the natural man to that of our patient, perfect example, Jesus Christ?

Elder Robert C. Oaks of the Presidency of the Seventy
Job and His Friends by Ilya Repin

In the Bible Job offers the classic portrait of patience. In the face of losing his vast empire, including his children, Job was able, because of his unfailing faith, to proclaim, ‘The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.’ Through all of his tribulation and pain, ‘Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.’ (Job 1:21-22)

How do we move our behavior from that of the natural man to that of our patient, perfect example, Jesus Christ? First, we must understand that to do so is necessary, if we desire to fully enjoy the blessings of the restored gospel. Such an understanding might motivate us to:

  1. Read each of the scriptures in the Topical Guide listed under the topic “patience” and then ponder Christ’s patient examples.
  2. Evaluate ourselves to determine where we stand on the patience continuum. How much more patience do we need to become more Christlike? This self-assessment is difficult. We might ask our spouse or another family member to help us.
  3. Become sensitive to the examples of patience and of impatience that occur around us every day. We should strive to emulate those individuals we consider to be patient.
  4. Recommit each day to become more patient, and be certain to keep our selected family member involved in our patience project.

Fortunately I had a teacher who taught me to be patient. He taught me that steady and consistent work – patient persistence – would help me to learn…From that experience, I learned that patience was far more than simply waiting for something to happen – patience required actively working toward worthwhile goals and not getting discouraged when results didn’t appear instantly or without effort.

Impatience, on the other hand, is a symptom of selfishness. It is a trait of the self-absorbed.

Continue in Patience by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Patience and waiting upon the Lord are similar and both misunderstood. Waiting, we typically think of standing in front of an elevator, or in line at the store. In the scriptures it appears patience and waiting refer more to our growth as we stay on the covenant path and blessings are on the horizon. Waiting for our change of heart to occur, to change us from the natural man to the holy man of God. Patience and waiting are symbolized with a garden- planting seeds, watering, removing weeds and so on. All with the hope we will have a harvest at the end of the season. In the words of Paul

…For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.

1 Corinthians 9:10

This is discussed by Alma, don’t go through the motions in life. It only takes a minimal amount of additional effort to apply hope and gratitude in our work. How exciting will each day be? Yes the circumstances will be the same but our focus will have changed. We will have help from God in making the menial into meaningful.

40 And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life.

41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.

42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.

43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.

Alma 32:40-43

A key component of having patience like Jesus is to also express trust in God and in the people who have hurt us. To trust someone, will I focus on the pain of the past or look to the forgiving future, by giving someone a second chance?

Condemnation and forgiveness both begin by recognizing a wrong. Often condemnation focuses on the past. Forgiveness looks liberatingly to the future. ‘For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.’ (John 3:17)

Our life journeys are individual, but we can come again to God our Father and His Beloved Son through trust in God, each other, and ourselves.

Trust Again by Elder Gerrit W. Gong, October 2021 General Conference

Step 1 of being patient like Jesus

Read each of the scriptures in the Topical Guide listed under the topic “patience” and then ponder Christ’s patient examples.

Topical Guide – Patience, Patient, Patiently

#0 Ponder God’s Love

For me to ponder Christ’s patient examples I must first recognize the The Great Commandment which all other commandments hang from.

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Matthew 22:37-40

In Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin’s last conference talk before he died, he spoke about this love:

When Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment to ‘love one another; as I have loved you,’ (John 13:34) He gave to them the grand key to happiness in this life and glory in the next.

The Great Commandment by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, October 2007 General Conference

#1 Psalms 37:7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him

Psalm 37:7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

A common theme in life that as we stay on the covenant path making our way to the Tree of Life, we see people who appear to have it all, living in a “…a great and spacious building…filled with people…manner of dress was exceedingly fine…” (1 Nephi 8:26-27). They look happy and blessed, yet I’m here keeping the commandments and being mocked. The lies of Satan give us the impression that one is prosperous, but really are not. Take debt for example, from the outside someone gets a loan and drives a new car. They look prosperous. What we don’t see is the other side, where money is being wasted on interested to finance the loan. So in the case with the people in the great and spacious building – “…was the pride of the world; and it fell, and the fall thereof was exceedingly great.” (1 Nephi 11:36), the people in the building don’t see they have building their life on the foundation of air. In the process of time, it will all come crashing down.

Don’t be concerned with the appearances of others, just rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him to comfort you.


#2 Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding

Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

Can I respond appropriately instead of reacting negatively? Yes, someone caused me emotional or physical pain. This is similar to being bitten by poisons snakes, my afflictions are given to me so I will draw closer to Jesus, the Master Healer, so he will heal and protect me.

“Slow to wrath” is found under Self-Mastery in the topical guide.

Use boldness, but not overbearance; and also see that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love; see that ye refrain from idleness.

Alma 38:12

#3 Eccleiastes 7:8 patient in spirit is better than the proud

Ecclesiastes 7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning – this is the pattern of patience, miracles and being obedient to Jesus. Using delayed gratification, we sacrafice today so we can have a better tomorrow. We say no to the impluse and yes to staying on the covenant path. In Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine:

And saith unto [the bridegroom], Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.

John 2:10

Spiritual growth occurs when we are patient in the mist of our trials and tribulation, when we “beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things” (1 Corinthians 13:7). But when behave proudly, we halt our growth because we are digging in our heals, resistant to change. Pride is really saying my way is better than God’s way and that is a sin. And sin thwarts progress towards the abundant life.


#4 Matthew 18:22 not…seven times: but, Until seventy times seven,

Matthew 18:21-22 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

No one is more on our side than the Savior. He allows us to take and keep retaking His exams. To become like Him will require countless second chances in our day-to-day struggles with the natural man, such as controlling appetites, learning patience and forgiveness, overcoming slothfulness, and avoiding sins of omission, just to name a few. If to err is human nature, how many failures will it take us until our nature is no longer human but divine? Thousands? More likely a million.

Until Seventy Times Seven by Elder Lynn G. Robbins Of the Presidency of the Seventy

Patience makes us like God. Just as He is patience and kind to me and wants me to be the same with my brother, wife, children, friend or neighbor. In the words of the song by Josh Groban – Both Sides Now, “well something’s lost, but something’s gained”. I lose the selfish natural man instinct and gain the selfless holy man attributes of God.

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons every where
I've Looked at clouds that way
But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way
I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It's cloud's illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all
Moons and Junes and ferries wheels
The dizzy dancing way that you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I've looked at love that way
But now it's just another show
And you leave 'em laughing when you go
And if you care, don't let them know
Don't give yourself away
I've looked at love from both sides now
From give and take and still somehow
It's love's illusions that I recall
I really don't know love 
at all
Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say, "I love you" right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I've looked at life that way
Oh, but now old friends they're acting strange
And they shake their heads, they say I've changed
Well something's lost, but something's gained
In living every day
I've looked at life from both sides now
From win and lose and still somehow
It's life's illusions I recall
I really don't know life at all
It's life's illusions that I recall

I really don't know life at all

Josh Groban – Both Sides Now (Duet with Sara Bareilles)

Josh Groban – Both Sides Now

On one hand I’m looking at the pain the prodigal son is causing me as the the older brother, and see life from that side. But Jesus is telling me to look at my brother from the other side, the side of the Father’s perspective. Will I exercise forgiveness and patience? Will I give love, like the Father did to his prodigal son?


#5 Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls

Luke 21:14-19 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate [greek – practice, prepare] before what ye shall answer: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay [greek – speak against, oppose, contradict] nor resist. Any ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. But there shall not an hair of your head perish. In your patience possess [greek preserve, win mastery over] ye your souls.

D&C 101:38 And seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life.

Patience is a process of perfection. The Savior Himself said that in your patience you possess your souls. Or, to use another translation of the Greek text, in your patience you win mastery of your souls. Patience means to abide in faith, knowing that sometimes it is in the waiting rather than in the receiving that we grow the most. This was true in the time of the Savior. It is true in our time as well, for we are commanded in these latter days to ‘continue in patience until ye are perfected.’ (D&C 67:13)

Continue in Patience by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, April 2010 General Conference

I think of the woman with an issue of blood in Luke 8:43. Did she grow during these 12 years? In your patience you win mastery over your souls. She gave it her all and in the end she was healed, but the greater miracle is she was made whole when she expressed thanks or gratitude to Jesus. How many times was her heart broken? Hearing about a new cure, doing what the physican said and in the end, no cure. How many times have we failed to break a bad habit and experienced the same broken heart?

43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

48 And [Jesus] said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort [greek – courage, cheer]: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

Luke 8:43

#6 Romans 2:7 patient continuance in well doing

Romans 2:6-9 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

Patience is required to stay on the covenant path and the covenant path requires us to love and serve our fellowman.


#7 Romans 5:3 tribulation worketh patience

Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer

Albert Camus, in John Bartlett, comp. Familiar Quotations, 16th ed. (1980), 732. Quoted by Joseph B. Wirthlin, The Abundant Life, April 2006 General Conference.

The invincible summer is the love of God in our hearts. So when I face daily tribulations, I must be patient (with myself and those I’m with), then reflect on my past experiences (look for patterns, such as Monday’s and typically every morning I’m stressed to go to work but towards the end of the work shift, I’m feeling better), and exercise hope in Jesus Christ that he will comfort me and show me the way I can go to be delivered from this tribulation.


#8 Romans 8:25 we see not, then do we with patience wait

Romans 8:24-25 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

It seems like patience paired with hope in Jesus is needed for us to be able to overcome the world and find rest. I’m on the covenant path but can’t see the tree of life because I’m in the mist of darkness. I must continue pressing forward, keeping all the commandments of God with the hope that this current tribulation will come to an end. That I will have changed for the better from the experience.


#9 Romans 5:3-4

Romans 5:3-4 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:


#10 Romans 15:4

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

I like the thought of receiving comfort from reading the scriptures and that it produces hope as I exercise patience in God. So, reading the scriptures I gain knowledge of what God wants me to do and secondly, I obtain a hope for better circumstances.


#11 2 Corinthians 6:3-4

2 Corinthians 6:3-4 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,

I must walk uprightly before God and man, bearing all things whatsoever the Lord deems to inflict on me

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up…is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil…beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

#12 1 Thessalonians 1:3 labour of love, and patience of hope

1 Thessalonians 1:3,5 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;…For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost…

What power do I have? Yes, I can see sharing my beliefs and testimony with others, that is sharing the word. But what is the power Paul is talking about? Priesthood power?


#13 – 1 Thessalonians 5:14 be patient toward all men

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

I see in my life when I’ve not been patient towards people that is has come back to hurt me. I will change. I will strive to give people the benefit of the doubt. They, just like me, are dealing with their own insecurities and self-loathing, and having me judge them doesn’t heal them. So I will offer my patience, charity, love and compassion.

Why don’t I want to be patient with people? A) I feel I’m better than someone else, can’t you see I’m in a hurry and I’m more important than you. B) I’m already off balance dealing with my own insecurities and trying to impress someone so they can compliment me in attempts to lessen my negative self image and self loathing. If someone is taking longer to do something and not meeting my expectations, well I become impatient with them. Wouldn’t it be better if I just worked on my own selfishness by repenting of my sins and asking Jesus to fill my cup and comfort me.

How am I handling my trials and persecutions? Do I turn to God to either A) blame Him for my pain or B) seek for his comfort? I need to remember that this pain I feel is for my growth and benefit. Trials and persecutions are symbolized by wind and waves in the scriptures. Such is the case with the Brother of Jared. Remember trials are there to help me find Jesus and establish a cherished relationship with him. The wind and waves were given to move the Jaredites to the promised land. If I ask for the trials to stop in my life, then that would be equivalent of asking the Lord to make the wind stop. I will no longer be making progress on the covenant path.

Gratitude and Trust towards God, his ways are higher than my ways and it is his work and glory to make me great like he is.

In this humorous YouTube video, the escalator represents our trials which moves us toward the promised land. If our trials come to end, then we no longer grow and progress, we are just like hemp and haw mice in the book ‘Who Moved My Cheese.’ Patience isn’t the same as lack of activity. It is dealing with the trials of a broken esclator and taking the initiatve and “sniff and scurry” to continure your journey. Wanting for someone to fix our problems, even God, isn’t the solution. The solution is to willing stay on the covenant path everyday, just like Joseph who was sold into Egypt to be a slave. Make the best of what you have and patiently wait for God’s blessings to come.


#14 – 2 Thessalonians 1:4 patience and faith in all your persecutions

2 Thessalonians 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure.

How am I handling my trials and persecutions? Do I turn to God and blame God or ask for his comfort? I need to remember this pain I feel is for my growth. Trials and persecutions are symbolized by wind and waves in the case with the Brother of Jared. Trials are there to help me find Jesus and establish a relationship with him. The wind and waves are there to move the Jaredites to the promised land. If I ask for the trials to stop, then i will stop making progress on the covenant path.

Jaredite Barges by Robert T. Barrett

“And it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon the waters; and thus they were driven forth before the wind. And they did sing praises unto the Lord; and he did thank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord.” (Ether 6:8-9)


#15 – 1 Timothy 3:3 patient, not a brawler

1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of fithy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

Respond instead of react to life. My goal starting the day is to stay on the covenant path and find joy. Well, the day gets going and people do things that cause me pain. Should I abandon my goal and react to life as a “striker” or “brawler”? No, I will respond with patience towards the other person, acknowledge the pain they caused me, yet continue to seek the Lord’s blessings and comforts.

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on the right check, turn to him the other also.

Matthew 5:38-39

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 5:11-12

#16 – 1 Timothy 6:11 follow after…patience

1 Timothy 6:10-11 For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteouseness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

I can seek after the real things of from Jesus instead of the counterfit Satan. I will use repentance to deal with the shame of my sins instead of trying to cover them up with the illusion of pride, prosperity, worldly praise, and professional promenance. Better to take a bath to clean myself instead of using cologien/perfume to mask my body odor. We all seek for blessings from God and I will obtain these blessings by following his chosen way – to hear Jesus, instead of telling God – I’m smarter than you so you change and do things my way.


#17 – 2 Timothy 2:24 gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient

2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

A good reminder for me, to be gentle and patient with my brothers and sisters. I would like the same from them, so why would I have issue doing this? Well if I act prideful, that I’m better than someone else, then yes it would be easy to fall into the trap of being impatient. If I like to take shortcuts, cut corners, because I’m lazy or feel entitled, then it would be easy for me to treat another with contempt and that they must serve me.

Greatest in the Kingdom by J. Kirk Richards

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant

Matthew 20:27

#18 Hebrews 6:12-15 followers…through faith and patience inherit the promises…And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

Hebrews 6:12-15

Dave Wottle’s 1972 Olympic 800m race is a beautiful example of patiently enduring and then obtain the promise.

What promises will I receive from following God with faith, hope and patience? Well, blessings from Jesus, the gift of God, the everlasting Atonement of Christ is more than a power which redeems us from the Fall, spiritual death. It is an ever present power to call upon in everyday life. (The Touch of the Master’s Hand by Preside Boyd K. Packer, April 2001 General Conference). What changed its worth? Swift came the reply: The touch of a master’s hand (Myra Brooks Welch, The Touch of the Master’s Hand, The Gospel Messenger, Brethren Press, 26 Feb 1921)

Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee

Hebrews 6:14

…thy voice shall be more terrible in the midst of thine enemies than the fierce lion, because of thy righteousness; and thy God shall stand by thee forever and ever…therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.

D&C 122:4,9

I Stand All Amazed – Hymn #193 – https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=sTHtpjfe0QE&feature=share

I Stand All Amazed – The Mormon Tabernacle Choir – April 2014 General Conference

#19 Hebrews 10:36 ye have need of patience

Hebrews 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

I am confident we can all see the benefits of patience, when we are not in pain and suffering.


#20 Hebrews 12:1 run with patience the race

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Paul’s likening the journey back to God reminds me of the advice from Virginia Reed of the 1846-1847 Donner Party:

I have not wrote to you half the trouble we have had but I have wrote enough to let you know that you don’t know what trouble is. But thank God we have all got through and the only family that did not eat human flesh. We have left everything but I don’t care for that. We have got through with our lives but Don’t let this letter dishearten anybody. Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can.

letter from Virginia Reed to her cousin Mary Keyes, May 16, 1847. Wiki Donner Party.

#21 James 1:3 trying of your faith worketh patience

James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

The concept of patience as we grow and become a tree of life is illustrate in Alma 32. James says with patience as we exercise faith, we will become perfect and lack nothing. What a blessing. The people Alma was teaching were extremely poor, yet this exactly what they need. Enter into the covenant path and continue with faith. Jesus will provide us manna, give us our daily bread, and keep us in the fertile parts of the land, bless and nourish forever and ever as we come to know him.

Do I know Jesus? I’m still learning, but in Dec 2022 I learned something that I never thought of. Not only is Jesus patient with me, but he is kind. This kindness I treasure and to show my appreciation and gratitude, I will respectly do whatever he asks of me, because he is kind.


#22 James 1:19 be swift to hear…slow to wrath

James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is summerized in two words, that our Heavenly Father said – Hear Him! So, can I quickly repent and daily keep his commandments? Or will be like Lamen and Lemuel?

Ye are swift to do iniquity but slow to remember the Lord your God. Ye have seen an angel, and he spake unto you; yea, ye have heard his voice from time to time; and he hath spoken unto you in a still small voice, but ye were past feeling, that ye could not feel his words; wherefore, he has spoken unto you like unto the voice of thunder, which did cause the earth to shake as if it were to divide asunder.

1 Nephi 17:45

#23 James 5:8 Be ye also patient…for the coming…draweth nigh

James 5:8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

Rescue Me by Yongsung Kim

I think of be resolute, firm in the faith. That as I strive with patience to keep my covenants and love and serve others, Jesus will bless me continually. I will become a tree of life – lacking nothing, and for my wife, family, and friends, I will help them come closer to Jesus so he will heal them, that is rescue them. As I do this, I will be blessed with my sins forgiven and to be able to stand in his presence, with my family.

Let him know, that he which coverteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

James 5:20

Amulek also teaches us to pray continually for our welfare and that of spouse, family, friends and neighbor:

Yea, when you do not cry unto the Lord, let your hearts be full, drawn out in prayer unto him continually for your welfare, and also for the welfare of those who are around you.

Alma 34:27

The part of the verse – “the Lord draweth nigh” also reminds me of Amulek who said Jesus will dwell, make his abode, in my heart if I have charity, that is holiness.

And this I know, because the Lord hath said he dwelleth not in unholy temples, but in the hearts of the righteous doth he dwell; yea, and he has also said that the righteous shall sit down in his kingdom, to go no more out; but their garments should be made white through the blood of the Lamb.

Alma 34:36

#24 James 5:11 the patience of Job

James 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful [compassionate], and of tender mercy.

My first reaction is I don’t think of people who are enduring to the end as happy


#25 1 Peter 2:20 suffer for it, ye take it patiently

1 Peter 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable [Greek – pleasing, gracious] with God.

So when we suffer from the actions of others, say a grown child addicted to drugs or betrayal from a spouse, it is pleasing to God if we patiently bearing this suffering. Then we can be like Jesus, in the next verse:

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

1 Peter 2:20-21

The Prodigal story can be thought of as one persons life. In the beginning we might have rebelled like the prodigal son. Then as we aged we became more responsible like the older son, but are struggling with the pain caused by another, where to forgive and come into the party or stay outside, nursing our pain and lack of appreciation. Then finally we become the Father in the story, our children are grown and we want the best for them. We haven’t sinned but suffer the effects of sin from our loved ones. Do we have compassion when our wayward loved ones return and kiss them with joy? We must follow the example of Jesus and suffer as he has suffered. This is charity, this is kindness, this is the pure love of God. We can do this. Then we can be blessed like Nephi of old:

4 Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not feared them, and hast not sought thine own life, but hast sought my will, and to keep my commandments.

5 And now, because thou hast done this with such unwearyingness, behold, I will bless thee forever; and I will make thee mighty in work and in deed, in faith and in works; yea, even that all things shall be done unto thee according to thy word, for thou shalt not ask that which is contrary to my will.

6 Behold, thou art Nephi, and I am God. Behold, I declare it unto thee in the presence of mine angels, that ye shall have power over this people, and shall smite the earth with famine, and with pestilence, and destruction, according to the wickedness of this people.

Helaman 10:4-6

#26 2 Peter 1:6 and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness

2 Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

Peter is telling me things I must work on so I may have the abundant life. For instance, I’m dealing with insecurities (a form of fear) about my present and future – will I find love and joy today or rejection and heartache? And since fear comes from Satan, what must I do to cast him out of my life and escape from the prison of fear and doubt and lonliness I find myself in from time to time?

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2 Peter 1:4

#27 Revelations 1:9 in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ

Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

It sounds like John is saying look, we have this in common, I’m suffering tribulation just like you are. I’m baptized, that is born again, and a member of his kingdom/church just like you are. Lastly, I’m patiently waiting for the promises of Jesus to be manifest in my life, just like you are. Just is having patience with me, as he sees me struggle with sin, fears, and doubts – and he forgives me as I continue to stumble and strive on my desire to be like Him by keeping His commandments. John is also saying that we both have a testimony of Jesus Christ.


#28 Revelation 13:10

Revelation 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

The Ear of Malchus by James Tissot

“…drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”

Matthew 26:51-52

I can’t use Satan’s tools to do the Lord’s work. If someone wronged me, I could gossip about them, even if true with the hope they will repent and change. The Lord’s work is to help us repent and change. Satan’s work is to tear us down so we can be miserable like him. Instead of using gossip to deal with my pain, a better why is to forgive my brother seven times seventy and establish health boundaries between us.


#29 Mosiah 3:19 becometh as a child…patient

Mosiah 3:19 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 Sprit, 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.

President Russell M. Nelson’s talk Overcome the World and Find Rest uses this scripture to answer the question on how we can overcome the world.

How, then, do we overcome the world? King Benjamin taught us how. He said that ‘the natural man is an enemy to God’ and remains so forever ‘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.’ (Mosiah 3:19) Each time you seek for and follow the promptings of the Spirit, each time you do anything good – things that ‘the natural man’ would not do – you are overcoming the world.

Overcome the World and Find Rest by President Russell M. Nelson

I need to Trust in God and remember he wants the best for me, just like I want the best for my children. God is my Heavenly Father:

…God our Father is not a feeling or an idea or a force. He is a holy person who, as the scriptures teach, has a face and hands and a glorious immortal body. He is real, He knows each of us individually, and He loves us, every one. He wants to bless us.

The Privilege of Prayer by Elder J. Devin Cornish Of the Seventy

To hear God’s will for me, I turn to His scriptures and living prophets. What has he said about me trusting in Him.

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Matthew 7:9-11

I can be certain that God will give me what is best for my growth on becoming a “saint through the atonement of Christ.” Yes, this means I certainly face bites from poisonous snakes on my journey along the covenant path. And yes, I can be certain God will also provide a way for my deliverance and healing from these bites, even a brazen serpent fixed on a pole, that if I will just cast my eyes upon Jesus, I will be healed. I am ‘full of love’ thinking about God’s love and plan for me, that he has prepared a way for me to experience joy in happiness today.


#30 Mosiah 23:21 he trieth their patience and their faith

Mosiah 23:21 Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith.

The verse seems like God is being heartless and treating us like a puppet. Playing with our emotions as he tries our faith to see if we will crack. But, It seems like our growth becomes sure when we are at our breaking point. Jesus or His angel saves Isaac just before Abraham is about to sacrfice his son.

Isaac Offered

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer

Albert Camus, in John Bartlett, comp. Familiar Qutations, 16th ed. (1980), 732. Quoted by Joseph B. Wirthlin, The Abundant Life, April 2006 General Conference.

So when we are tested by Jesus, we learn to trust Him. He only wants us to be like Him and have the joy that he has.


#31 Mosiah 24:15 submit…with patience and their faith

Mosiah 24:15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

Very impressive that the Book of Mormon Saints submitted cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord. So, they must know they are on the covenant path, just like the Jaredites. I must realize I’m heading to the abundant life and all the burdens and trials I’m facing are the path. That I should not think of them as obstacles but stepping stones.

13 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.

14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.

Mosiah 24:13-14

#32 Alma 1:25 bore with patience the persecution

Alma 1:25 Now this was a great trial to those that did stand fast in the faith; nevertheless, they were steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God, and they bore with patience the persecution which was heaped upon them.

The Lord blessed those who bore with patience the persecution:

29 And now, because of the steadiness of the church they began to be exceedingly rich, having abundance of all things whatsoever they stood in need – an abundance of flocks and herds, and fatlings of every kind, and also abundance of grain, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious things, and abundance of silk and fine-twined linen, and all manner of good homely cloth.

30 And thus in their prosperous circumstances, they did not send away any who were naked, or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished; and they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need.

31 And thus they did prosper and become far more wealthy than those who did not belong to their church.

Alma 1:29-31

So the pattern seems like if I lead with love for my brothers and sisters, the Lord will prosper me. If I desire money first than once I have it, as say to my self, ‘then I will share and be generous’, well it seems like it will never happen. Faith first, then the blessing. Attitude of Gratitude first, bear my burdens with patience, then the blessing – a change in my circumstances, that is delivered from bondage. This pattern is know as the infallible rule by Benjamin Franklin. To love people over things. To love the goose over the golden eggs. To love trees over fruit. If you love the golden eggs, then you will neglect the goose and eventually have no golden eggs. If you focus on effects instead of causes, you will lose. Greed doth surely lead to need.

Benjamin Franklin

While gambling at checkers with some shipmates, he formulated an ‘infallible rule’, which was that ‘if two persons equal in judgement play for a considerable sum, he that loves money most shall lose; his anxiety for the success of the game confounds him.’ The rule, he decided, applied to other battles; a person who is too fearful will end up performing defensively and thus fail to seize offensive advantages.

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson, p. 49-50
CauseEffect
Work, job, add valuemoney
Budget, save, self-control, delayed gratification, honestymoney
Goosegolden eggs
Treefruit (apples)
Obediencenecessities and luxuries
Selfless service, help peoplefriendships
Serve, support, love someoneaffection and kisses
Positive thoughtspositive reality
Negative thoughtsnegative reality
Debtimmediate gratification but this
robs your future
Savingdelayed gratification but provides
prosperous future
Table – Cause and Effect

#33 Alma 7:23 be humble…full of patience

Alma 7:23 And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.

I must recognize God’s hand in my life. I’m to learn to trust in Him, since he knows the way back to Heaven. I gratefully ask God for help both spiritually and temporal/physically. I work and patiently trust in the Lord for the needed to blessings to arrive.


#34 Alma 17:11 be patient in long-suffering

Alma 17:11 And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.

This verse reminds me of a talk by Don R. Clarke – Becoming Instruments in the Hands of God where he talks about a crippled man, Jim Drinkwater, who was an instrument in God’s hands to rescue Alma Benjamin Larsen from his farm being foreclosed on at the Christmas of 1919. It is a short Christmas story that I read to my children and grandchildren. It inspires me that if a small crippled man can be guided by God to bless one of His children, well then so can I. And I hope God will treasure me, just like Alma Benjamin Larsen treasures Jim Drinkwater.

God treasures those who help His children. I invite all of us to follow the counsel of the prophets and become instruments in the hands of God and be among His treasures because we have helped His children.

Becoming Instruments in the Hands of God by Elder Don R. Clarke Of the Seventy

#35 Alma 26:27 bear with patience thine afflictions

#35 Alma 26:27 bear with patience thine afflictions

Alma 26:27 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.

D&C 24:8 Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days.

D&C 31:9 Be patient in afflictions, revile not against those that revile. Govern your house in meekness, and be steadfast.

D&C 54:10 And again, be patient in tribulation until I come; and, behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, and they who have sought me early shall find rest to their souls. Even so. Amen.

What choice do we really have? Afflictions remind me of the children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. We can’t go over afflictions, we can’t under afflictions, we got to go through it. If I runaway from my fears, I avoid them temporarily but they still follow me and will appear at the most inconvenient times. Better to face them, with my covenants in hand, trusting in God, I will patiently move forward, believing this will be for my gain and that all afflictions are temporary in nature. D&C 54:10 gives me hope that Jesus will come to me quickly and will bless my soul with rest.

To face my fears I must apply the gift from God in my life. To apply, that is to wash in scripture vocabulary, is to remove the stains of sin, fear, and doubts from my garments – which represents my soul. The soap I use is the Atonement of Jesus Christ. His power, will cleanse me, bring me peace and rest. I come to him with a broken heart and contrite spirit, with the desire I want to cast Satan out of my life. I want only what he wants for me. I want my will to be swallowed up in to His will.

And no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end.

3 Nephi 27:19

Doing laundry is one of those tasks that are never done. Similar to eating, it must be done daily to keep from getting overwhelmed by the burden.

Despite the distractions and distortions that swirl around us, you can find true rest – meaning relief and peace – even amid your most vexing problems.

Overcome the World and Find Rest by President Russell M. Nelson, General Conference October 2022

#36 Alma 32:41 if ye will nourish the word…with patience

Alma 32:41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.

We all want this, but will we exercise faith, diligence and patience with Jesus as we grow into this tree of life?


#37 Alma 34:40 I would exhort you to have patience

Alma 34:40-41 And now my beloved brethren, I would exhort you to have patience, and that ye bear with all manner of afflictions; that ye do not revile against those who do cast you out because of your exceeding poverty, lest ye become sinners like unto them; But that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions.

The distance is set. I’m on the covenant path and each day getting closer to tree of life. This is exciting to know and what I think Alma had in mind when he said:

I behold that ye are lowly in heart; and if so, blessed are ye

Alma 32:8

Like our heart is on a continuum or journey. Starting with a harden heart which is very difficult for people in this condition to hearken unto the word of God. Next step is a lowly or humble heart. This heart is receptive to hear the work of the Lord. That heart which if we have, according to Alma, is a blessed heart. Lastly is a heart full of love and joy that comes about through patience and work applying the teachings of Jesus in our life.

42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.

43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you

Alma 32:42-43

#38 Alma 38:4 thou didst bear all these things with patience

Alma 38:3-5 I say unto you, my son, that I have had great joy in thee already, because of thy faithfulness and thy diligence, and thy patience and thy long-suffering among the people of the Zoramites. For I know that thou wast in bonds; yea, and I also know that thou wast stoned for the word’s sake; and thous didst bear all these things with patience because the Lord was with thee; and now thou knowest that the Lord did deliver thee. And now my son, Shiblon, I would that ye should remember, that as much as ye shall put your trust in God even so much ye shall be delivered out of your trials, and your troubles, and your afflictions, and ye shall be lifted up at the last day.

Another scripture passage which instills hope. To know that God will free me from my troubles. Oh how I yearn for this. To shed myself of this pain of loneliness. Satan and all his lies that have deceived this world. The one in particular is the lie we can be independent, make it on our own in life and back to heaven. Without a spouse and even more without God to guide us. This lie just isolates us from the family and the fold of God. It will take us on forbidden paths so we can be devoured by wolves in the darkness. All with the misguided belief in vanity and pride as we seek for honor and praise from man – look at me, I am a self-made man, I did it all by myself. Me, Me, Me. Sounds a lot like Satan:

And I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying – Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor.

Moses 4:1

Neal A. Maxwell also talked about Satan and this lie to be independent, that is I can do this journey alone, with the aid of family, honest friends, righteous leaders and a loving God.

Note the ego dripping from only three lines: two me’s and four I’s. Those vertical pronouns are usually accompanied by unbending knees, because the proud, as in Jesus’ parable, trust ‘in themselves that they [are] righteous, and [despise] others’ (Luke 18:9).

“Yet Thou Art There” by Elder Neal A. Maxwell. October 1987 General Conference.

Then Jesus said this about Satan’s lie in Trust in ourselves over trusting in God (“…the adversary does not want you to discover the power of Jesus Christ.Overcome the World and Find Rest by President Russell M. Nelson, October 2022 General Conference) in the parable of the Pharisee (Jewish ruler) and Publican (tax collector):

9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Luke 18:9-14

In the talk by President Russell M. Nelson – The Power of Spiritual Momentum, suggestion number 4: Seek and expect miracles:

In the same way, the Lord will bless you with miracles if you believe in Him, “doubting nothing.” (Mormon 9:21) Do the spiritual work to seek miracles. Prayerfully ask God to help you exercise that kind of faith. I promise that you can experience for yourself that Jesus Christ “giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” (Isaiah 40:29) Few things will accelerate your spiritual momentum more than realizing the Lord is helping you to move a mountain in your life.

The Power of Spiritual Momentum by President Russell M. Nelson. April 2022 General Conference.

#39 D&C 4:6 Remember…temperance, patience

Doctrine and Covenants 4:6 Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.

As we daily “embark in the service of God” (D&C 4:2) we need to apply the list from D&C 4:6.

Faith – in the Lord Jesus Christ that #1 He is leading me to the promised land and #2 He will move mountains and part the Red Sea to all my steps. It is only when I reach out and climb will handholds appears (see Reach Out and Climb! by Elder Dallin H. Oaks). Yes we need to plan our trips but planning doesn’t move mountains. Acting with Faith in Jesus Christ that this is the path he wants me to go, this produces the faith in Jesus so he moves the mountains.

Virtue – “And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.” (Luke 6:19). “…Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.” (Alma 31:5)

Knowledge – “Therefore, my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.” (2 Nephi 15:13)

Temperance – “And now, as ye have begun to teach the word even so i would that ye should continue to teach; and I would that ye would be diligent and temperate in all things.” (Alma 38:10)

Patience – “And again, if he shall smite you the third time, and ye bear it patiently, your reward shall be doubled unto you four-fold;” (D&C 98:26)

Brotherly Kindness – “And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.” (2 Peter 1:7)

Godliness – “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgement to be punished:” (2 Peter 2:9)

Charity – “Behold, the Lord hath forbidden this thing; wherefore, the Lord God hath given a commandment that all men should have charity, which charity is love. And except they should have charity they were nothing. Wherefore, if they should have charity they would not suffer the laborer in Zion to perish.” (2 Nephi 26:30)

Humility – “And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.” (Alma 7:23)

Diligence – this is the practice. Continue doing the above until it produces the results you desire, that is your growth. Never mind the lie you here of the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. To play the piano well, you have made thousands of mistakes, before you are able to make music (see Lynn G. Robbins talk Until Seventy Times Seven)

I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps.

Thomas Edison

#40 D&C 67:13 continue in patience until ye are perfected

Doctrine and Covenants 67:13 Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now, neither the ministering of angels; wherefore, continue in patience until ye are perfected.

We need a prophet to be a buffer between us and God because we cannot bear his presence.

“…Moses was caught up into an exceedingly high mountain, And he saw God face to face, and he talked with him, and the glory of God was upon Moses; therefore Moses could endure his presence.

Moses 1:1-2

“…Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”

Exodus 20:18-21

“…And the things are called interpreters [Urim and Thummin], and no man can look in them except he be commanded, lest he should look for that he ought not and he should perish…”

Mosiah 8:13

#41 D&C 98:2 waiting patiently on the Lord

Doctrine and Covenants 98:2 Waiting patiently on the Lord, for your prayers have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are recorded with this seal and testament – the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted.

Another verse expressing the importance of waiting on the Lord and that we don’t know when our prayers will be answered, just that we know with a sworn decree, that they are recorded and that they will be answered. I’m thinking the timing is related to my growth, the faster I change and improve and become a saint, the faster the Lord will answer my prayers.

Behold, thou are Nephi, and I am God. Behold, I declare it unto thee in the presence of mine angels, that ye shall have power over this people, and shall smite the earth with famine, and with pestilence, and destruction, according to the wickedness of this people.

Helaman 10:6

#42 D&C 98:26 bear it patiently, your reward shall be doubled

Doctrine and Covenants 98:26 And again, if he shall smite you the third time, and ye bear it patiently, your reward shall be doubled unto you four-fold

“…prove yourselves unto me that ye are faithful in all things whatsoever I command you, that I may bless you, and crown you with honor, immortality, and eternal life.”

D&C 124:55

See Also #1 – Gen 26:22

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See Also #2 – Prov 15:1

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See Also #3 – Matt 5:39

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See Also #4 – John 16:20

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See Also #5 – 3 Nephi 12:44

3 Nephi 12:44 But behold I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you;

Maybe Jesus wants us to take the focus off the pain we are experiencing which is caused by our enemies. Similar to being bitten by poisonous serpents and we are asked to look at the brazen serpent.

When the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening – or not happening – in our lives.

Joy and Spiritual Survival by President Russell M. Nelson, October 2016 General Conference

See Also #6 – D&C 64:33


Conclusion – Results of my Patience Project

Did the power of patience in Jesus Christ change my life?

Yes! Note, I am still working on being less self-absorbed and selfish and more focused on helping others and patient with them as they work to improve. I do recommend that all do the patience project as it has helped me on my covenant path, when I’m in the mist of darkness and asking Jesus to save me. Here is a list of the benefits I’ve seen in my life:

  1. Blessing of my Marriage is continuing.
  2. Blessing of closer relationship with my children – spent Christmas with all of them.
  3. Physically – I did gain weight during the patience project but I feel healthy and was able to go skiing with Andrew on 1/7/2023. I’m still cooping with emotional abuse and neglect in a healthy way, but I still do show my weakness by continuing to emotional eat from time to time and changing my focus off Jesus and onto my pain.
  4. Sleep – I have been consistently falling asleep at 9:00-ish. My problem is waking up around 2pm, then tossing and turning until 5am when I wake up. Yet, I have experienced some nights where I’m able to sleep till 4am before waking up.
  5. My prayers are being answered – blessing of sitting with Cindy on the plane even though our tickets were not together, financial blessing of tax return, Christmas bonus and side job. On 1/5/2023 when Cindy was vacationing in Mexico, I woke up feeling lonely. After doing my scripture study I was still feeling down and prayed, asking if I might talk to Cindy, it would lift my spirits, but I knew that wouldn’t happen as she is in yoga classes until the evening. Well, within the hour Cindy called me and I felt much better and had a successful day.

At times I feel like the poem, footsteps in the sand, that I’m not making any changes in my circumstances or feeling my growth is stagant or slipping backwards. But, when I think about the past few years and wonder how I was able to make it, I do feel Jesus was carrying me at those low periods.

When my fears of the future rob my happiness in my present moment, I would do well to ponder upon Jesus words, “Peace, be still”:

Peace, Be Still by Arnold Friberg (1913-2010), Brigham Young University Museum of Art

37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Mark 4:37-41
Master, the Tempest Is Raging by a Priesthood choir from Brigham Young University
Master, the Tempest Is Raging by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

References

Job by Gary L. Kapp

Job by Gary L. Kapp

The Power of Patience by Elder Robert C. Oaks

Patience by Elder Neal A. Maxwell Of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy. An address delivered to students of Brigham Young University, 27 November 1979.

Continue in Patience by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, General Conference April 2010.

The work of patience boils down to this: keep the commandments, trust in God,…serve Him with meekness and Christlike love; exercise faith and hope in the Savior; and never give up.

Continue in Patience by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Continue in Patience by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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