patience is a virtue.

sometimes, i'm not a very patient person. i'd rather just not drink water than wait for it to get cold in the fridge. if i'm really hungry, i'd rather eat cold cereal than wait an hour for dinner to finish cooking. i avoid long lines like the plague.

most of the time, i don't even need to worry about being patient. i can get the answer to almost any question instantly via the internet. and why wait in line to turn in papers when i can just fax them into the office?

we live in a world of instant gratification. and it's fantastic... right?

James E. Faust {an Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints} said that "instant and unrestrained gratification of all our desires would be the shortest and most direct route to unhappiness."

really? but waiting is hard. and so is not getting everything we want.

however, Dieter F. Utchdorf {another Apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints} explained that patience is more than merely waiting. it is a "purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action and offers hope for peace."

huh. patience, that thing we try to avoid, that thing that makes our blood pressure rise and gets us all flustered, is actually good for us. not only is it good for us, but without patience, we would never reach our full potential.

so next time you go to the grocery store and have to choose between the short line and that really long line, try going with the long one; it's a blessing in disguise.


  1. have you seen the "continuing in patience" mormon messages? so good.

    thanks for this, i liked it.

  2. yes, i have! so wonderful, right? i love it.

    and you are welcome. :)


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