Hello, today I have been asked to talk to you about Patience and Enduring.
I looked up the definition of these qualities and the dictionary said
Patience - is the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain without complaint, loss of temper, irritation or the like.
Enduring - is lasting; permanent
When I think of these traits, I think of how much they are needed in any goal that we may set for ourselves because no matter what goal you attempt to reach, you will run into obstacles. It takes patience to overcome these obstacles and you must endure because to reach your goal, it will take time.
As we reach the various goals that we set for ourselves, I think of it as practice for the long term goal of returning to our heavenly father.
Jesus gave us the perfect example of these traits because he bore so much pain and suffering for each of us and did it with the long term goal of us being able to return to him and our father in heaven forever.
A scripture that I was given to reference is Moroni 10:32 where it says "Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God." If we can "love God with all your might mind and strength" it will help us have the patience that is required to endure because will all face trials during our life and sometimes we may blame God if our love and understanding is not enduring.
In the September 2002 edition of Liahona, Elder Claudio Costa shared a story of Luan which he thinks of whenever he thinks of patience and enduring. Luan was a 12 year old boy who had cancer and found out that he needed to have his leg amputated. But he told the doctors that he wanted to wait until after youth camp so he could receive the priesthood and play soccer, one last time with his friends, even though he was in a great deal of pain. After the surgery, he found out the cancer had settled in his spine and it was inoperable. His family was new to the church so he had many questions about death, which Elder Costa explained is not the closing of a door but the opening of one to our eternal life with our father in heaven. During his stay in the hospital, he shared his feelings of the gospel with those around him so much that when the elders blessed him, several others requested blessings as well. After getting out of the hospital, his greatest desire was to go to the temple and do baptisms for others. He passed away in August of 2001. Even though Luan had many trials of pain and suffering, his focus stayed on the end goal of returning to our father in heaven. He truly had patience and endurance until the end.
I testify that if we follow the example of our Savior Jesus Christ and that of Luan, we can return to our Father in Heaven and live with him again, in our healthy perfected body.