Christ-like Attributes: Patience


Today is Day 7 of the 14 Day Walk With Christ.  I hope you are enjoying the lessons, my family is loving them!  Even if you don’t get to all of them, you can use them for Family Home Evening lessons.  

Lesson # 7 Christ-like Attributes: Patience
Preparation:  Purchase a large bag of candy (M&Ms, Skittles, Gumi Bears, etc.)  Put a few in a bowl and set them out at the beginning of the lesson.  Tell your family if they wait and don’t eat the candy in the bowl, they can have a better reward later.  Wrap or tie a bow on the large bag and reward it at the end of the lesson.
 
I love this saying, “Patience is not about how long you can wait, but how you behave while waiting.

Scriptures:
Psalms 27:14 When I wait you strengthen my heart.

James 1: 3-4  
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may beaperfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Lesson:
What is Patience?
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.  Patience is related to Hope and faith; you must wait for the Lord’s promised blessings to be fulfilled; Actually, when we are unduly impatient, we are suggesting that we know what is best – better than does God. Or, at least, we are asserting that our timetable is better than his. Either way we are questioning the reality of God’s omniscience.

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    The Lord, Jesus Christ, is our perfect example of patience. Though absolutely unyielding in adherence to the truth, he exemplified patiencerepeatedly during his mortal ministry. He was patient with his disciples, including the Twelve, despite their lack of faith and their slowness to recognize and understand his divine mission. He was patient with the multitudes as they pressed about him, with the woman taken in sin, with those who sought his healing power, and with little children. Finally, he remained patient through the sufferings of his mock trials and his crucifixion. – Joseph B. Wirthlin

    Testify to your family that patience is one way we come to be more Christlike. Remind your family that patience gives us the hope that Christ’s Atonement will save us.

    Role play, charades, or scenarios
    Brainstorm with your family situations in which it might be easy to “loose their patience”.  My children love playing charades, each child will come up with a scenario and act it out.  You can also role play, or just discuss situations that make them feel impatient.
    Show the videoContinuing in Patience” by Dieter F. Uchtdorf
    Talk about the dish of candy – was it hard to wait?  Was it hard not to sneak just one piece?  Give the children the large bag of candy and explain that it is always worth waiting patiently for something better.  
    Game:  Play Chutes & Ladders or Candyland or a similar type board games (don’t you agree, these games strengthen patience!!!)
    Handout:  Download HERE

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