Kindness and Patience Quotes

  1. Your name is safe in our home (Elder Cree-L Kofford, April 1999 Conference)
  2. EVERY person you meet is your superior in some way. Learn from them.
  3. Check Your Words-If you first gain power to check your words, you will then begin to have power to check your judgment, and at length actually gain power to check your thoughts and reflections (Brigham Young, in Journal of Discourses, 6:98)
  4. When a battered, weary swimmer tries valiantly to get back to shore after having fought strong winds and rough waves that he should never have challenged in the first place, those of us who might have had better judgment (or perhaps just better luck) ought not to row out to his side, beat him with our oars, and shove his head back underwater. That’s not what boats were made for. But some of us do that to each other (Jeffrey R. Holland, However Long And Hard The Road, [1985], 71)
  5. Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. (Plato)
  6. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill; our opponent is our helper, because it is only through resistance that we gain strength. (Edmund Burke)
  7. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same?” (Matthew 5:43-44)
  8. The best way to get rid of an enemy is to make him your friend.
  9. He who gossips to you will also gossip about you.
  10. Kindness means doing a lot of little things kindly and always, not just a big thing now and then (James Freeman Clarke)
  11. There are two kinds of people: those you love and those you don’t know.
  12. Strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet. I never met a man I didn’t like (Will Rogers)
  13. It is appropriate to disagree, but it is not appropriate to be disagreeable (Elder Cook, “We Follow Jesus Christ,” May 2010)
  14. I only do one thing for myself when I go to church: I take the sacrament for me. The rest of the time I watch for others who need me, and I try to help and nurture them.(Sister Kathleen H. Hughes, “That we may all sit down in heaven together,” Nov. 2005
  15. “In some way and at some time, someone in this Church will do or say something that could be considered offensive…One of the greatest indicators of our own spiritual maturity is revealed in how we respond to the weaknesses, the inexperience, and the potentially offensive actions of others. A thing, an event, or an expression may be offensive, but you and I can choose not to be offended – and to say with Pahoran, “It mattereth not.” (Elder Bednar)
  16. Don’t judge me because I sin differently than you (Pres. Uchtdorf, April 2012 Conference)
  17.  We must be so careful in speaking to a child. What we say or don’t say, how we say it and when is so very, very important in shaping a child’s view of himself or herself. But it is even more important in shaping that child’s faith in us and their faith in God. Be constructive in your comments to a child—always (Elder Holland, “The Tongue of Angels”).
  18. Anger doesn’t solve anything. It builds nothing, but it can destroy everything….To be angry is to yield to the influence of Satan. No one can MAKE us angry. It is our choice. If we desire to have a proper spirit with us at all times, we must choose to refrain from becoming angry. I testify that such is possible. (Pres. Monson, “School thy feelings, O my brother,” Nov. 2009)
  19. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all…Seriously, don’t say anything!!!
  20. Patience is a process of perfection. The Savior Himself said that in your patience you possess your souls. Or, to use another translation of the Greek text, in your patience you win mastery of your souls. Patience means to abide in faith, knowing that sometimes it is in the waiting rather than in the receiving that we grow the most (Pres. Uchtdorf, “Continue in Patience,” Ensign, May 2010)
  21. Patience is a godly attribute that can heal souls, unlock treasures of knowledge and understanding, and transform ordinary men and women into saints and angels. Patience is truly a fruit of the Spirit. Patience means staying with something until the end. It means delaying immediate gratification for future blessings. It means reining in anger and holding back the unkind word. It means resisting evil, even when it appears to be making others rich. (President Uchtdorf, “Continue in Patience,” Ensign, May 2010)
  22. Patience means accepting that which cannot be changed and facing it with courage, grace, and faith. It means being “willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon [us], even as a child doth submit to his father.”Ultimately, patience means being “firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments of the Lord”every hour of every day, even when it is hard to do so. (President Uchtdorf, “Continue in Patience,” Ensign, May 2010)
  23. Patience is a process of perfection. The Savior Himself said that in your patience you possess your souls.Or, to use another translation of the Greek text, in your patience you win mastery of your souls.Patience means to abide in faith, knowing that sometimes it is in the waiting rather than in the receiving that we grow the most. This was true in the time of the Savior. It is true in our time as well, for we are commanded in these latter days to “continue in patience until ye are perfected.”(President Uchtdorf, “Continue in Patience,” Ensign, May 2010)
  24. As the Lord is patient with us, let us be patient with those we serve. Understand that they, like us, are imperfect. They, like us, make mistakes. They, like us, want others to give them the benefit of the doubt. (President Uchtdorf, “Continue in Patience,” Ensign, May 2010)
  25. Patience—the ability to put our desires on hold for a time—is a precious and rare virtue. We want what we want, and we want it now. Therefore, the very idea of patience may seem unpleasant and, at times, bitter. Indeed, patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace (President Uchtdorf, “Continue in Patience,” Ensign, May 2010)
  26. Our Heavenly Father knows what good parents come to understand over time: if children are ever going to mature and reach their potential, they must learn to wait. Every one of us is called to wait in our own way. We wait for answers to prayers. We wait for things which at the time may appear so right and so good to us that we can’t possibly imagine why Heavenly Father would delay the answer. The lessons we learn from patience will cultivate our character, lift our lives, and heighten our happiness. It is my prayer that patience will be a defining characteristic; that we will courageously trust the Lord’s promises and His timing; that we will act toward others with the patience and compassion we seek for ourselves; and that we will continue in patience until we are perfected (Pres. Uchtdorf, “Continue in Patience,” Ensign, May 2010)
  27. I learned that patience was far more than simply waiting for something to happen patience required actively working toward worthwhile goals and not getting discouraged when results didn’t appear instantly or without effort…[Patience] means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well! “Too often we approach the gospel like a farmer who places a seed in the ground in the morning and expects corn on the cob by the afternoon.” (President Uchtdorf, “The Way of the Disciple,” Ensign, May 2009). Impatience, on the other hand, is a symptom of selfishness. It is a trait of the self-absorbed. It arises from the all-too-prevalent condition called “center of the universe” syndrome, which leads people to believe that the world revolves around them and that all others are just supporting cast in the grand theater of mortality in which only they have the starring role (President Uchtdorf, “Continue in Patience,” Ensign, May 2010)
  28. Brigham Young taught that when something came up which he could not comprehend fully, he would pray to the Lord, “Give me patience to wait until I can understand it for myself.”And then Brigham would continue to pray until he could comprehend it. We must learn that in the Lord’s plan, our understanding comes “line upon line, precept upon precept.”In short, knowledge and understanding come at the price of patience (President Uchtdorf, “Continue in Patience,” Ensign, May 2010)
  29. “When the son was in his youth, his dad owned a motorcycle dealership. One day they received a shipment of shiny new motorcycles, and they lined them all u pin the store. The boy did what every boy would like to do ,and he climbed up on the closest one. He even started it up. Then, when he figured he had pushed his luck far enough, he jumped off. To his dismay, his dismount knocked the first bike down. Then, like a string of dominoes, they all went down, one after another. His dad heard the commotion and looked out from behind the partition where he was working. Slowly, smiling, he said, “Well, son, we had better fix one up and sell it, so we can pay for the rest of them.” (Elder Robert C. Oaks, “The Power of Patience,” Oct. 2006)
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