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patience is a virtue


as i was sitting in the temple a few days ago, something struck my mind. for those of you who aren't familiar with the temple, we do work for the dead. we get baptized for the dead. we make covenants with God for the dead. & we get sealed for the dead. in the next life, if they want to accept what was done for them, they can. 

as i walked into the temple, it was extremely packed. a cute old lady approached me & said the provo temple was closed & everyone from utah county was coming to mount timpanogos. she told me it would be a 45 minute wait before i even got in & that i could wait if i wanted. i replied with, of course! so i waited. i read the book of mormon. & waited for quite some time. 

when it was time to perform the work, i looked at the piece of papers for who i was performing the work for. they have been waiting since 1885. so if you look at the big picture, these women have been waiting for 128 years. and i was waiting for a few hours. i remember going to do baptisms for the dead when i was younger & so bothered if i waited for over an hour. i needed to remember what i was there for. to serve. & also realize how long people were waiting on the other side. 

i truly believe i was born as an inpatient person. i struggle with patience. a lot. people always say patience is a virtue. though i never understood it before, i really do understand it now. i've learned that patience really is just a part of life. you have to be patient about almost everything. getting an answer to prayers, getting your health better, waiting to have kids, knowing when the best time is to move, to buy a house, to start a new chapter,each and every aspect. 

i have learned that patience is something we must have in order for things to run a little smoother. we don't always get an answer as to how things are going to be, and then move forward with it. it takes time sometimes. i'm definitely going to be working on being a TON more patient. 

am i the only one who struggles with patience? 

11 comments

  1. Patience is something I really struggle with also. I try so hard to be patient, but I just get more frustrated. I do agree it makes things run a ton smoother. If you have any tips on being patient please let me hear 'em!
    Love ya girl!
    XO
    dani
    Love Me, Dani Marie

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  2. love this!!! i went to the temple last night and I thought the same thing. I hoped and prayed that the woman I was doing work for would accept it. It's amazing what we can do for our ancestors, because even if we get impatient waiting 45 minutes to an hour just to do one persons name in the Temple, I can't imagine being impatient for almost 130 years.... that is why they so strongly call us to the Temple..

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  3. that is such a great way to think about that! you are definitely not the only one who struggles with patience-welcome to my life!

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  4. NO you're not the only one girl. Patience is a hard thing to have. esp when you're wanting so much.

    a job.
    Mr. Right
    and so much more.

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  5. tried to follow you by email since i'm gonna be gone for 3 nights. but you dont have it. it's a very good thing :D You wanna try it out if you can.

    have a great thurs and a wonderful weekend. miss hearing from you sweetie.

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  6. In the words of a recent love letter to Sammy, "I don't have the patience to describe your ever enduring patience." I struggle with patience as well, always have. When I first got my license, I didn't have the patience to wait for a stoplight to change so I spent all my time trying to get around red lights which ended in an even longer drive.

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  7. Preach My Gospel! That quote made me understand patience on a whole new level when I found it. I love it.

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  8. Ah, I love you!!!! :) I am a very impatient person, and I will admit, when I go to the temple and I have no clue how long my wait is going to be, I get anxiety. :P Thanks for putting things into perspective! :)

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  9. Most definitely not! We went to Mt. Timpanogoes a few weeks ago and when we were waiting I started thinking about all of the things that I needed to get done, and then we were chosen as the witness couple. and then everything changed and I started saying prayers that I would remember everything and then I started praying to the person I was going through for. It's amazing how the Lord can lovingly slap us in the face and tell us that we need to stop being selfish and worldly and just let him take care of everything!

    You're amazing! thanks for the post!!!

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  10. Im about to say something kind of strange maybe, but one of the reasons I follow your blog is that I am so interested in the Mormon Religion, it is so fascinating to me, would you mind tell ing me how you do work for the dead? Do you go into the temple and pray for things they wanted? How do you know what they wanted? sorry for the silly questions, I just really enjoy learning :) Also I love your blog because you love your husband so very much, it is so good to see people actually cherishing marraige :))

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  11. funny cause i have been telling myself this same thing all week. be patient. oh man, there's a lot i want SOOOOOOO bad. sadly, it's just not the right time. i want it to be the right time so badly. unfortunately, i just have to have patience. it's definitely something i have to work on too!

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