now in the high desert

June 25, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — ladyofmaine @ 10:44 pm

I was not born with a natural, or should I say godly, gift of patience. Tolerance, forbearance, long-suffering, equanimity, and even-temperedness are all virtues that I admire greatly and have long aspired to.

It seems to me that modern culture denigrates patience and celebrates a restive, impetuous, edgey kind of attitude that fosters intolerance and polemics. There certainly isn’t much in the media that doesn’t espouse self-indulgence in disputation and wrangling, i.e., politics and pseudo-reality shows.

Recently, I reviewed Elder Christofferson’s April 4th 2009 Conference address in the “Ensign” and was struck by his end-notes to his talk, “The Power of Covenants”. He quoted the JS translation of James 1:2-4.

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into many afflictions.
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have its perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

James indicates that we need patience in order to become perfect thus the process of “trying” or refining or perfecting our faith needs patience. We are, after all, to seek to become like the Savior who is the epitome of
that virtue.

Our God, in His mercy and great long-suffering with His children has provided a world where, usually through our own choices, we have ample opportunity to endure afflictions and endure them with dignity and grace and so learn the lessons of patience and faith…or not.



  1. We were talking about patience some last the other day in my NT class. Someone pointed out that being impatient is basically telling God we know what’s best. So true. It makes sense of course that patience would be necessary in our efforts to become God-like, because, after all, it’s certainly not gonna happen to me over night!

    Comment by MalMola — June 26, 2009 @ 8:54 am

  2. If ‘trying’ needs patience and you are still ‘trying’ then by definition you have patience right!?

    Comment by earthling — June 26, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

    • Perseverance is certainly an aspect of patience and continuing to “try” through sorrow, disappoinment, and the rest of life’s stuff is a good example of it. It’s interesting that some gradually stop trying to serve God when things are going very well in a secular way.

      Appropriately, the word “patient” comes from a verb meaning “suffering” (OE dictionary).

      Also, patience signifies enduring well. Everyone “gets through” difficulties in one way or another. It is how one gets through that can change and ennoble a person. Mortality presents a litany of adversity and affliction that is all temporary. It is what we become in response to those challenges that is permanent.

      Comment by ladyofmaine — June 26, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

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