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?