Here was one that I liked, "the Lord simultaneously tries the patience of his people even as he tries their faith (see Mosiah 23:21). One is not only to endure—but to endure well and gracefully those things which the Lord “seeth fit to inflict upon [us]” (Mosiah 3:19), just as did a group of ancient American Saints who were beating unusual burdens but who submitted “cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord” (Mosiah 24:15)."
This is a link to the whole talk: LDS.org - Ensign Article - Patience
This evening I was still reflecting on that quote and wanted to read the whole talk. The whole talk was so great. Elder Maxwell was a master of the English language. I just love reading his talks. This was another quote I liked:
"Sometimes that which we are doing is correct enough but simply needs to be persisted in—patiently—not for a minute or a moment but sometimes for years. Paul speaks of the marathon of life and how we must “run with patience the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1). Paul did not select the hundred-yard dash for his analogy!"
This struck home. As much as I wish this infertile race was a 100 yard dash. It sure isn't. I don't know how long I will have to run this infertile race, but for as long as it lasts, I need to try to run it more patiently. As I thought about how much I wished this race could be over I just how far sperm needed to travel to reach the egg. It is clearly not 100 yards, so you would think they could reach their destination easily.
"There is also a dimension of patience which links it to a special reverence for life. Patience is a willingness, in a sense, to watch the unfolding purposes of God with a sense of wonder and awe—rather than pacing up and down within the cell of our circumstance.
Too much anxious opening of the oven door and the cake falls instead of rising! So it is with us. If we are always selfishly taking our temperature to see if we are happy, we won’t be.
I think it is a tricky balance. Because you have to think about your current situation to figure out how to fix it, but you need to make sure it doesn't become all consuming or too depressing that you can't think straight.