In his talk “Continue in Patience,” Dieter F. Uchtdorf tells the story of a professor who in the 1960s conducted an experiment to test the willpower of 4-year-old children.
The professor placed a large marshmallow before each child. He said they could eat the marshmallow right away, or, if they waited 15 minutes, they could have two marshmallows. He then left each child alone to make his or her choice. Some of the children ate the marshmallow right away, while others could only wait for a couple of minutes before giving in to temptation. In the end, only 30 percent were able to wait.
After the experiment, this professor kept track of the children. He noticed some interesting correlations; the children who had struggled to wait had more behavior issues later in life, while those who had been patient tended to be more positive, more motivated, and have healthier relationships.
If you had participated in this experiment, either as a child or an adult, would you have been patient? Would you have given up?
Of course, patience requires faith. We can have faith that God knows better than we do and that even if we don’t understand His timing now, we will understand and appreciate it someday. Patience also requires effort and action. Move ever forward while you live patiently.