Thursday, June 10, 2010

Courageously Trusting the Lord’s Promises and His Timing

We were deeply touched by the comments on our 'Agency or Inspiration' post from our sweet niece and wanted to follow-up with some of the treasures in Pres. Uchtdorf's talk that he gave in the Priesthood Session of our recent General Conference.  We, too, found Pres. Uchtdorf’s message to be most wonderful and inspiring! And, FULL of ‘quotable quotes’ that entered our hearts with a new understanding and filled us with a vision of hope!

“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.”

“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!”

“As the Lord is patient with us, let us be patient with those we serve. Understand that they, like us, are imperfect. They, like us, make mistakes. They, like us, want others to give them the benefit of the doubt. Never give up on anyone. And that includes not giving up on yourself.”

“Every one of us is called to wait in our own way. We wait for answers to prayers. We wait for things which at the time may appear so right and so good to us that we can’t possibly imagine why Heavenly Father would delay the answer… Eventually I learned that God’s promises are not always fulfilled as quickly as or in the way we might hope; they come according to His timing and in His ways.”

“Brigham Young…would pray to the Lord, “Give me patience to wait until I can understand it for myself.””

“In the Lord’s plan, our understanding comes “line upon line, precept upon precept.” In short, knowledge and understanding come at the price of patience.”

“Often the deep valleys of our present will be understood only by looking back on them from the mountains of our future experience. Often we can’t see the Lord’s hand in our lives until long after trials have passed. Often the most difficult times of our lives are essential building blocks that form the foundation of our character and pave the way to future opportunity, understanding, and happiness.” 

“Patience is a godly attribute that can heal souls, unlock treasures of knowledge and understanding, and transform ordinary men and women into saints and angels. Patience is truly a fruit of the Spirit.”

“Patience means staying with something until the end. It means delaying immediate gratification for future blessings. It means reining in anger and holding back the unkind word. It means resisting evil, even when it appears to be making others rich.”

“Patience means accepting that which cannot be changed and facing it with courage, grace, and faith. It means being “willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us], even as a child doth submit to his father.” Ultimately, patience means being “firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord” every hour of every day, even when it is hard to do so. In the words of John the Revelator, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and…faith [in] Jesus.””

“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.”

“The lessons we learn from patience will cultivate our character, lift our lives, and heighten our happiness.” 

1 comment:

Elizabeth Lund said...

Thank you. I ran across that quote in August Ensign by President Uchtdorf. I think it is so true that we must sometimes wait to see the benefits of our trials. Our vision is too limited to foresee what we may learn or what we are becoming.

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