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.
43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.
Patience is much more than passively waiting. Neal A. Maxwell once compared patience to photosynthesis, explaining that it is a very active yet mostly invisible process. Then, he taught:
Patience is always involved in the spiritual chemistry of the soul, not only when we try to turn the trials and tribulations—the carbon dioxide, as it were—into joy and growth, but also when we use it to build upon the seemingly ordinary experiences to bring about happy and spiritual outcomes.
Patience is, therefore, clearly not fatalistic, shoulder-shrugging resignation. It is the acceptance of a divine rhythm to life; it is obedience prolonged (“Patience,” BYU Speeches, November 27, 1979).
In the passage above, Alma attributes our spiritual growth to a combination of faith, diligence, and patience. We work hard, and we keep working hard even when the fruits of our labors are not evident for a long time. We demonstrate our patience not by waiting anxiously but by laboring consistently.
Today, I will pursue my goals with patience. I will continue to work toward achieving the desired outcome, even when it seems distant and unachievable. I will patiently persist until I reap the reward.