Patience is an attribute that was so perfectly lived by the Lord Jesus Christ when He was on earth. He was mocked and tormented. He was spit upon and condemned to death. His life was filled with suffering and persecution and yet He bore all of it with patience. The Savior wants us to do the same as we face trials in this life.
All of us experience trials in some degree and some of us, if not all, want to have the solutions when we want it and how we want it. Sometimes these trials become too much to handle, hurtful, inconvenient, and unpleasant that we desire that all of these trials will end. However, these trials require patience—patience to wait upon the Lord’s timing and blessings, to continue on the path of righteousness even when we are persecuted, to stand for truth even when we stand alone, and to bear all things with hope for good things to come.
It is important to note that patience requires action. Dieter F. Uchtdorf shared, “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 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!” Jesus Christ set the perfect example of how we can live in patience as we experience trials in mortality. It is in patience that we learn the value of hard work, time and sacrifice. It is in patience that we strengthen our faith, build our character and fortify our virtues.
As we live in patience just like the Savior did, the Holy Ghost will comfort us and help us find peace during troubles times. We will also find ourselves closer to God and the blessings of heaven.