Something that has seemed to be a recurring theme in my life has been lessons of patience. I don't know how many of you struggle with patience, but for me, patience is not a virtue that comes easily.

From early on in my teen years, up until just a couple of years ago, I was facing what, at the time, felt like the trial of a lifetime. This trial tested my patience to its utter capacity. I wish I could say that I had endured well and with a happy spirit, but my relative inexperience with difficulty left me feeling angry and bitterly disappointed with the cards that life was dealing me. Despite my hardest efforts, no solutions were coming.

In hindsight, now that the solution to this trial has come, I can see that what I needed from those years of trying to overcome difficulties, with no success, was to learn to have a spirit of patience.

Patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well! Patience means accepting that which cannot be changed and facing it with courage, grace, and faith.
— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Once again, as I'm sure will happen often in life, I'm finding that I'm having my sincere desires delayed. Truth be told, who of us hasn't had a sincere desire delayed? The difference for me, this time around, is that I'm trying to build a solid foundation of patience as I move forward, trusting, that as I align my will with the Lord, everything will fall into place in His way and His time. Life can be challenging and difficult, but that doesn't stop it from also being beautiful and joyful! As we face the challenges of day to day living, let's strive to build a strong foundation of patience, so we can endure well and happy!

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Allexis is currently studying Communication at the University of Utah and works as a Social Media Marketing Specialist by day. By night, she explores the great outdoors as a means to draw closer to The Savior and His creations. She believes that the end of all exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place as home. In her spare time, you will find Allexis planning Gospel Doctrine lessons for her Sunday School class, eating baked goods like they're going out of style, blogging about her personal life and style, and trying to do as much of all the above while sitting atop a mountain. Visit to learn more.