Isn’t patience the most amazing attribute and blessing? Being surrounded by patient people is one of the greatest blessings I have and I really do try to be patient myself. It is really interesting that patience is so closely related to charity and that charity is the most important of attributes! These remarks by Elder Robert C. Oaks of the Presidency of the Seventy are very insightfull.
The Book of Mormon provides insight into the relationship between patience and charity. Mormon, after pointing out that if a man “have not charity he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have charity,” goes on to name the 13 elements of charity, or the pure love of Christ. I find it most interesting that 4 of the 13 elements of this must-have virtue relate to patience (see Moroni 7:44–45).
First, “charity suffereth long.” That is what patience is all about. Charity “is not easily provoked” is another aspect of this quality, as is charity “beareth all things.” And finally, charity “endureth all things” is certainly an expression of patience (Moroni 7:45). From these defining elements it is evident that without patience gracing our soul, we would be seriously lacking with respect to a Christlike character.
Next time something tests your patience – and if you’re like me that is at least somewhat often – try to embrace patience which is one of the most important attributes that we can embody. To those people who show so much patience for me, thank you.