LDS Quotes on Patience

“One speaker in Church directs, “You can’t do everything. Don’t run faster than you have strength”. The next says, “Push yourself. You can always do more.” One person advises, “Don’t worry about what you can’t do” at the same time someone else says, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” In one hymn we sing, “I need thee every hour,” and in another we sing, “We will work out our salvation”. In this world of mixed messages, I never can seem to escape the nagging though, “If only I were better organized or if only I tried harder.” Satan tempted Christ with the word, ‘if.’ He often comes to me with the words, ‘if only.’”

Brad Wilcox  |  The Continuous Atonement

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“If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.”

Mahatma Gandhi

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Thomas S. Monson

“Who can count the vast throngs of the lonely, the aged, the helpless- those who feel abandoned by the caravan of life as it moves relentlessly onward and then disappears beyond the sight of those who ponder, who wonder, and who sometimes question as they are left alone with their thoughts. Patience can be a helpful companion during such stressful times.”

Thomas S. Monson  |  Patience- A Heavenly Virtue, October 1995 General Conference

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“Do not expect to become perfect at once. If you do, you will be disappointed. Be better today than you were yesterday, and be better tomorrow than you are today. The temptations that perhaps partially overcome us today, let them not overcome us so far tomorrow. Thus continue to be a little better day by day; and do not let your life wear away without accomplishing good to others as well as to ourselves.”

Lorenzo Snow  |  Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow, p. 103

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Richard G. Scott Portrait

“His invitation, “Ask, and ye shall receive” (3 Ne. 27:29) does not assure that you will get what you want. It does guarantee that, if worthy, you will get what you need, as judged by a Father that loves you perfectly, who wants your eternal happiness even more than do you.”

Richard G. Scott  |  Trust in the Lord, Ensign, November 1995

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“None of us will become perfect in a day or a month or a year. We will not accomplish it in a lifetime, but we can begin now, starting with our more obvious weaknesses and gradually converting them into strengths.”

Gordon B. Hinckley  |  Standing for Something

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Neal A. Maxwell Headshot
“Perfect love is perfectly patient.”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell  |  All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience

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Brothers and sisters, sometimes our prayers are answered quickly with the outcome we hope for. Sometimes our prayers are not answered in the way we hope for, yet with time we learn that God had greater blessings prepared for us than we initially anticipated. And sometimes our righteous petitions to God will not be granted in this life. As Elder Neal A. Maxwell said, “Faith also includes trust in God’s timing.”

Brook P. Hales  |  Answers to Prayer

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“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

John Quincy Adams

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“Too often we pray to have patience, but we want it right now!”

Elder Robert D. Hales  |  Waiting upon the Lord: Thy Will Be Done, October 2011 General Conference

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