patience, from a guest.

4 05 2010

So Kyle asked me (Leah) to be a guest writer, on any topic, for his scripture blog … and so here are some of my thoughts!

Kyle will be the first to tell you he is not an extremely patient man.

In fact, the first week we started dating, we were talking on the phone (of course), and he said, “I am sooo not patient. But, I will try my best to get better at it.”

I am fairly confident we have lived by those words for the past 7 months. To some, living 2,000 miles apart from the first day we started dating was a recipe for failure and heartbreak.

And since November, I have revisited Kyle’s statement over and over again, wondering why we started dating when he moved away, why we had fallen in love after two years and how in the world we were going to make everything work.

Some of my favorite scriptures about this subject come from Alma in the Book of Mormon.

“41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.

42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.”


I have spent the last 7 months waking up at 3 a.m. (MST) to good morning texts, counting down, going to bed early because he fell asleep before I got off work, writing letters, texting, texting, texting and making a few cross-country journeys. We’re certainly not the first couple to do the whole long-distance thing, and I’m sure I’m not the first one to say it requires a lot of patience.

And here we are, half a year later, experiencing a whole new set of challenges to test our patience.

“Patience — the ability to put our desires on hold for a time — is a precious and rare virtue.” -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Time and time again, we have experienced this principle, as individuals and as a couple.

No matter what Kyle may claim, I’ll be the first to tell you he’s one of the most patient men I know.

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4 05 2010
Melanie

Leah, you’ve got a great man there. Kyle…you’re the 2 marshmellow kind of guy!

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