"Tribulation, afflictions and trials will constantly be with us in our sojourn here in this segment of eternity, just as the Savior said, `In the world ye shall have tribulation.' (John 16:33.) Therefore, the great challenge in this earthly life is not to determine how to escape the afflictions and problems, but rather to carefully prepare ourselves to meet them," Elder Angel Abrea of the Seventy counseled in the April 1992 general conference.
"We must have patience in order to withstand pain and grief without complaint or discouragement, which detract from the Spirit. It's necessary to have patience in the face of tribulation and persecution for the cause of truth, which sets an example, because the manner in which we bear our cross will be an influence to others to help lighten their load."It must be in the same manner and in the same spirit as was that of the sons of Mosiah when they were entrusted with the task to `go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and 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.' (Alma 17:11.)
"Patience must be our constant companion during the journey which carries us toward that great goal, `continue in patience until ye are perfected,' the counsel the Lord gave to the elders of the Church.' " (D&C 67:13.)
Elder Abrea continued: "It should be made clear that we are not talking here about a passive patience which waits only for the passing of time to heal or resolve things which happen to us, but rather a patience that is active, which makes things happen. Such was the patience Paul described in his epistle to the Romans when he used the words `by patient continuance in well doing.' " (Rom. 2:7.)