Vasily Perov, Gethsemane, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


1 Peter 2:20–21
Alma 26:27–35
D&C 121:34–46

For Younger Missionaries


  • What was the Lord’s counsel to the sons of Mosiah? What were some results of their patience and diligence?
  • How can we recognize pride in ourselves?
  • Is there such a thing as being too patient, when for years your friend has seemed to rebuff all invitations to attend Church activities?


Patience is the capacity to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering without becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious. It is the ability to do God’s will and accept His timing. When you are patient, you hold up under pressure and are able to face adversity calmly and hopefully. Patience is related to hope and faith—you must wait for the Lord’s promised blessings to be fulfilled.

“Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go … and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.” —Alma 26:27

You need patience in your everyday experiences and relationships, especially with your companion. You must be patient with all people, yourself included, as you work to overcome faults and weaknesses.

“Life is full of difficulties, some minor and others of a more serious nature. There seems to be an unending supply of challenges for one and all. Our problem is that we often expect instantaneous solutions to such challenges, forgetting that frequently the heavenly virtue of patience is required” (President Thomas S. Monson, “Patience—a Heavenly Virtue,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 59).


Humility is willingness to submit to the will of the Lord and to give the Lord the honor for what is accomplished. It includes gratitude for His blessings and acknowledgment of your constant need for His divine help. Humility is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of spiritual strength. When you humbly trust Him and acknowledge His power and mercy, you can have the assurance that His commandments are for your good. You are confident that you can do whatever the Lord requires of you if you rely on Him. You are also willing to trust His chosen servants and follow their counsel. Humility will help you as you strive to be obedient, to work hard, and serve selflessly.

The opposite of humility is pride, which is condemned in the scriptures. To be prideful means to put greater trust in oneself than in God or in His servants. It also means to put the things of the world above the things of God. Prideful people take honor to themselves rather than giving God the glory. Pride is competitive; those who are prideful seek to have more and presume they are better than other people. Pride usually results in feelings of anger and hatred, and it is a great stumbling block (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service, 2004, 120).


Please read and discuss the following video together as a family.

Continue in Patience


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  • Have you ever had to wait for your prayers to be answered?


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