GP: MGSP Study Patience

Patience; Missionary Gospel Study Program (1988)

"To fill the full measure and purpose of our mortal probation, we must have patience.  This mortal existence is the Lord's sifting sphere, the time when we are subject to trials, testing and tribulations.  Future rewards will be based on our patient endurance of all things;"   (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 557). 

Scriptures:

Mosiah 23:21-22; Mosiah 24:15

Mosiah 23:21-22
  "21 Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith. 
  22 Nevertheless whosoever putteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day.  Yea, and thus it was with this people."

Mosiah 24:15  "And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord."

Alma 17:19-39

D&C 98:1-4; 121:34-46; 122:5-9

D&C 98:1-4
  "1 Verily I say unto you my friends, fear not, let your hearts be comforted; yea, rejoice evermore, and in everything give thanks;
  2 Waiting patiently on the Lord, for your prayers have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, and are recorded with this seal and testament the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted.
  3 Therefore, he giveth this promise unto you, with an immutable covenant that they shall be fulfilled; and all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good, and to my name s glory, saith the Lord.
  4 And now, verily I say unto you concerning the laws of the land, it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them."

D&C 121:34-46
  "34 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen.  And why are they not chosen?
  35 Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson
  36 That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the principles of righteousness.
  37 That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover oursins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.
  38 Behold, ere he is aware, he is left unto himself, to kick against the pricks, to persecute the saints, and to fight against God.
  39 We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.
  40 Hence many are called, but few are chosen.
  41 No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
  42 By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile
  43 Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;
  44 That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.
  45 Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
  46 The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever."

D&C 122:5-9
  "5 If thou art called to pass through tribulation; if thou art in perils among false brethren; if thou art in perils among robbers; if thou art in perils by land or by sea;
  6 If thou art accused with all manner of false accusations; if thine enemies fall upon thee; if they tear thee from the society of thy father and mother and brethren and sisters; and if with a drawn sword thine enemies tear thee from the bosom of thy wife, and of thine offspring, and thine elder son, although but six years of age, shall cling to thy garments, and shall say, My father, my father, why can t you stay with us?  O, my father, what are the men going to do with you?  and if then he shall be thrust from thee by the sword, and thou be dragged to prison, and thine enemies prowl around thee like wolves for the blood of the lamb;
  7 And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.
  8 The Son of Man hath descended below them all.  Art thou greater than he?
  9 Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass.  Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever."

Job 1-2
Job 1  "Job, a just and perfect man, is blessed with great riches Satan obtains leave from the Lord to tempt and try Job His property and children are destroyed, and yet he praises and blesses the Lord."

Job 2  "Satan obtains leave from the Lord to afflict Job physically He is smitten with boils Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar come to comfort him."

Luke 21:19  "In your patience possess ye your souls."

James 1:3-4
  "3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
  4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing."

Articles of Faith 1:13  "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things.  If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."

Topical Guide:
                            Adversity
                            Endure
                            Forebear, Forbearance
                            Long Suffering
                            Opression, Oppress
                            Patience, Patient, Patiently
                            Perseverance
                            Self-mastery
                            Test, Try, Prove
                            Tribulation

Guide to the Scriptures:
                                             Patience
                                             Endure
                                             Meek, Meekness

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Moroni 10:4-5
  "4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

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