Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Power of Patience

Lately I feel as though I have come to understand the saying, "all at once or none at all." Am I alone here, or do we feel as though trials and tests seem to appear all at the same time? Maybe it's just that as soon as one difficulty shows, we look for anything else that add to burdens, no matter how small, so that we can feel just a little sorry for ourselves. Thankfully, I am usually quick to understand that there is always someone else with bigger problems, greater challenges and heavier burdens than myself.
We all encounter trying situations in our lives. These situations and experiences are personal and unique to each one of us. Isn't it amazing that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ understand each and every experience that we face? Sometimes it's almost hard for me to comprehend. I know that our prayers are heard and answered, specifically for us.
Recently I found a quote that gave me a lot of perspective, but mostly just put me in my place.

"Sometimes we want to have growth without challenges and to develop strength without any struggle. But growth cannot come by taking the easy way. We clearly understand that an athlete who resists rigorous training will never become a world-class athlete. We must be careful that we don't resent the very things that help us put on the divine nature."
Paul V. Johnon
April 2011 General Conference

One of the greatest blessings in my life, is an answer to a prayer at the right moment and with a solution that my Heavenly Father sees fit.


  1. Love this, Allison. =) Love YOU too! ;)

  2. This is a great quote. It reminds me of the talk given in the same recent General Conference by Kent F. Richards. Here is an excerpt: "Like you, I have experienced pain myself. Pain is a gauge of the healing process. It often teaches us patience. Perhaps that is why we use the term patient in referring to the sick.

    Elder Orson F. Whitney wrote: “No pain that we suffer, no trial that we experience is wasted. It ministers to our education, to the development of such qualities as patience, faith, fortitude, and humility. … It is through sorrow and suffering, toil and tribulation, that we gain the education that we come here to acquire.”1"