Journey through the Book of Mormon: Alma 17 (Patient in Long-Suffering)

11 And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be  patient in long-sufferingand afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.23 And Ammon said unto him: Yea, I desire to dwell among this people for a time; yea, and perhaps until the day I die.

These verses reach an important truth, namely that missionary work requires great patience and faith as well as a willingness to “dwell among” those that we serve and care about. We must be willing to truly live with those who do not agree with us and show our faith through patience and long suffering.

This is really hard work. It’s much easier to expect miraculous conversions and great miracles. It’s much harder to instead have enduring faith and patience. Long suffering is much less glamorous than miracles. But that faith and patience is what cements and proves our discipleship.

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