"There is not one of us but what God's love has been expended upon. There is not one of us that He has not car ed for and caressed. There is not one of us that He has not desired to save and that He has not devised means to save. There is not one of us that He has not given His angels charge concerning. We may be insignificant and contemptible in our own eyes and in the eyes of others, but the truth remains that we are children of God and that He has actually given His angels . . . charge concerning us, and they watch over us and have us in their keeping." — George Q. Cannon, Gospel Truth, p. 3-4
"The transcendent love of God the Father has its counterpart in Christ, the Son, whose redeeming sacrifice, which was voluntary and love inspired, loosed the bonds of death and assured to all men the blessings of the resurrection. He declared it to be His work and His glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." — Hugh B. Brown, The Abundant Life, p.156 - 157
"Love of God is the root of all virtue, of all goodness, of all strength of character, of all fidelity to do r ight. Love the Lord your God, and love his Son, and be ever grateful for their love for us. Whenever other love fades, there will be that shining, transcendent, everlasting love of God for each of us and the love of his Son, who gave his life for us." — Gordon B. Hinckley, Ricks College Regional Conference, 29 Oct. 1995
"God loved His Only Begotten Son, who was without sin, more than He loved sinners. And yet He loved the world so much that He gave His own Son for the redemption of the world." — Joseph F. Smith, Collected Discourses, Volume 5 2 June 1895
"Our Heavenly Father loves us, not because we deserve it but because he has given and sacrificed for us. Our Savior Jesus Chris t loves us, not because we deserve it but because he has given so much and sacrificed for us." — Robert E. Wells, The Christ-focused Beatitudes, BYU Speeches of the Year, 20 May 1986
"God, through his Son, is the source of love (1 John 4:7–12); love is a gift of faith received through the Spirit (1 John 4:13–16); love brings confidence and dispels fear (1 John 4:17–18); love of God is manifest in our love for others (1 John 4:19–21); and the ultimate reward of keeping God’s commandment to love is to share in his Son’s victory (1 John 5:1–5)."
"John: The Once and Future Witness,"
"Ensign," Dec. 1991, p. 54
"If you were my earthly friend, you would win my heart by being kind to my children. God loves his children more than any earthly parent, so think what your kindness to his children means to him."
"To Draw Closer to God,"
"Ensign," May 1991, p. 67
"Those who earnestly inquire, under the Spirit of God, will enjoy a companionship, not only of the Spirit, but of others who seek truth. Thomas Carlyle said, 'I have always found that the honest truth of our own mind has a certain attraction for every other mind that loves truth honestly.'"
"The Truth Shall Make You Free,"
"Ensign," Sept. 1998, p. 5
"In fact, in a resurrected, otherwise perfected body, our Lord of this sacrament table has chosen to retain for the benefit of his disciples the wounds in his hands and his feet and his side—signs, if you will, that painful things happen even to the pure and perfect. Signs, if you will, that pain in this world is not evidence that God doesn’t love you. It is the wounded Christ who is the captain of our soul—he who yet bears the scars of sacrifice, the lesions of love and humility and forgiveness."
"This Do in Remembrance of Me,"
"Ensign," Nov. 1995, p. 69
"In some way—ultimately incomprehensible to mortals—the Son of God took upon himself the punishment for the sins of all mankind. And since his sacrifice was 'infinite and eternal' (see Alma 34:10–14), he satisfied the demands of justice and mercy and can offer forgiveness to those whose sins he has borne. This offer is a gift—the scriptures often use the term grace—that the Savior extends because of his great love for us."
"I Have a Question,"
"Ensign," June 1991, p. 51
"God is perfect and omnipotent, and you and I are mortal. But he is our Father, he loves us, and he offers the same opportunity to draw closer to him as would a loving friend. And you will do it in much the same way: speaking, listening, and doing." - Henry B. Eyring, "To Draw Closer to God," Ensign, May 1991, 66
"To love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength is all-consuming and all-encompassing. It is no lukewarm endeavor. It is total commitment of our very being—physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—to a love of the Lord.
"The breadth, depth, and height of this love of God extend into every facet of one's life. Our desires, be they spiritual or temporal, should be rooted in a love of the Lord. Our thoughts and affections should be centered on the Lord. 'Let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord,' said Alma, 'yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever' (Alma 37:36)." - Ezra Taft Benson, "The Great Commandment—Love the Lord," Ensign (CR), May 1988, p.4
"In the midst of God's plan and the universe's incredible vastness is incredible personalness. For example, '[God] looketh down upon all the children of men; and he knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart' (Alma 18:32; see also Isa. 66:18)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "How Choice a Seer!," Ensign (CR), November 2003, p.99
"I testify this morning of God's limitless love for his children, of his unquenchable desire to help us heal our wounds, individually and collectively. He is our Father, and Wordsworth wrote more than he knew when he said we came to earth 'trailing clouds of glory'... from God who is our home' ('Ode: Intimations of Immortality'). But in far too many cases we find no modern belief in a Heavenly Father, and when there is a belief, it is too often an erroneous one. God is not dead, and he is not an absentee landlord. God is not uncaring, or capricious, or cantankerous. Above all, he is not some sort of divine referee trying to tag us off third base.
"The first and great commandment on earth is for us to love God with all our heart, might, mind, and strength (see D&C 59:5; Matt. 22:37) because surely the first and great promise in heaven is that he will always love us that way." - Jeffrey R. Holland, "Look to God and Live," Ensign (CR), November 1993, p.13
"Alma emphasized the importance of having the love of God always in your hearts (Alma 13:29). Charity is that love. Charity is a gift of the Spirit, for 'all things which are good cometh of God' (Moro. 7:12). And this gift is multiplied as it is used.
"Both the giver and the receiver are blessed. For charity purifies and sanctifies all it touches, and 'whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him' (Moro. 7:47).
"The greatest acts of charity come from giving of yourself and receiving expressions of charity with humility as well." - Elaine L. Jack, "Strengthened in Charity," Ensign (CR), November 1996, p.91
"Did you know that Heavenly Father knows you personally—by name? The scriptures teach us that this is true. When Enos went into the woods to pray, he recorded, 'There came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.' (Enos 1:5; emphasis added.) Moses not only prayed but also talked to God face-to-face, and God said to Moses, 'I have a work for thee, Moses, my son.' (Moses 1:6; emphasis added.) The Lord knew Jacob's name and changed it to Israel to more accurately reflect his mission on the earth. (See Bible Dictionary, 'Israel,' 708.) Similarly, He changed the names of Paul and Abraham and Sarah. In Doctrine and Covenants, section 25, Emma Smith is given a blessing for her comfort and guidance in life. The Lord begins this blessing by saying, 'Hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, while I speak unto you, Emma Smith, my daughter.' (D&C 25:1; emphasis added.)
"You may not have heard the Lord call you by name, but He knows each one of you and He knows your name. Elder Neal A. Maxwell said: 'I testify to you that God has known you individually ... for a long, long time (see D&C 93:23). He has loved you for a long, long time. He not only knows the names of all the stars (see Ps. 147:4; Isa. 40:26); He knows your names and all your heartaches and your joys!' ("Remember How Merciful the Lord Hath Been," Liahona and Ensign, May 2004, p.46.)" - Elaine S. Dalton, "He Knows You by Name," Ensign, (CR) May 2005
"To all of you who think you are lost or without hope, or who think you have done too much that was too wrong for too long, to every one of you who worry that you are stranded somewhere on the wintry plains of life and have wrecked your handcart in the process, this conference calls out Jehovah's unrelenting refrain, '[My] hand is stretched out still.' 'I shall lengthen out mine arm unto them,' He said, '[and even if they] deny me; nevertheless, I will be merciful unto them, … if they will repent and come unto me; for mine arm is lengthened out all the day long, saith the Lord God of Hosts.' His mercy endureth forever, and His hand is stretched out still. His is the pure love of Christ, the charity that never faileth, that compassion which endures even when all other strength disappears." - Jeffrey R. Holland, "Prophets in the Land Again," Ensign, November 2006
"How can we know that God is aware of us and loves us? He tells us by the scriptures—likewise, by our honestly counting the blessings and bestowals of His grace in our lives. Most of all, He tells us by the still, small voice of the Spirit! (see Alma 34:38; D&C 78:17-19)." - Neal A. Maxwell, "Encircled in the Arms of His Love," Ensign (CR), November 2002, p.16
"O, my brethren and sisters, when I think of what God has done for us in this daily temporal life of ours; in this being that we have here, the clothing that we wear, the air we breathe, the food to eat, and all are daily given as manifestations of the munificent gifts of God. We think it was a wonderful thing that He sent manna down to feed Israel: but every day we have as wonderful a miracle in the things that we have to subsist upon in this world as the result of God's munificent gifts unto us. I rejoice in the many things that He has done. Many people ask how they can trust Him, and how they can believe in the Lord Jesus Christ when they have not seen Him, or seen a miracle. You do not need to see Him. There is one thing, if He had done no other that ought to bring forth such confidence in our hearts, and trust in him, that we could not doubt His love for us. I refer to His most precious of all gifts. I do not diminish any other gift of God to man, but I do value above all other things the gift of His Son Jesus Christ to the world." - Melvin J. Ballard, "Conference Report," October 1910, Overflow Meeting, p.82 - 84
"It shouldn't surprise us that God gives so much individual attention to humans or to the divine design in the tiny DNA molecule. God 'is in the details'—of the galaxies, of the DNA molecule, but, even more important, He 'is in the details' of our lives." - Henry B. Eyring, ed., "On Becoming a Disciple Scholar," p.14
"When we understand who God is, who we are, how He loves us, and what His plan is for us, fear evaporates. When we get the tiniest glimpse of these truths, our concern over worldly things vanishes. To think we actually fall for Satan’s lies that power, fame, or wealth is important is truly laughable—or would be were it not so sad." - John H. Groberg, "The Power of God’s Love," Ensign (CR), November 2004, p.9
“God accomplishes His purposes heart to heart. The prophet Nephi helps us to understand this: ‘It is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things.’ (1 Ne. 11:22.)
“The depth and magnitude of God's love for all of His children is emphasized in the writings of John: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ (John 3:16.)” - David B. Haight, “Love All,” Ensign (CR), November 1982, p. 10
“God does not look on the outward appearance. I believe that He doesn’t care one bit if we live in a castle or a cottage, if we are handsome or homely, if we are famous or forgotten. Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “The Love of God,” Ensign, November 2009
“There is no greater evidence of the infinite power and perfection of God’s love than is declared by the Apostle John: ‘For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son’ (John 3:16). Another Apostle wrote that God ‘spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all’ (Romans 8:32). Think how it must have grieved our Heavenly Father to send His Son to endure incomprehensible suffering for our sins. That is the greatest evidence of His love for each of us!” – Dallin H. Oaks, “Love and Law,” Ensign, November 2009
“Love is the motivating principle by which the Lord leads us along the way towards becoming like Him, our perfect example. Our way of life, hour by hour, must be filled with the love of God and love for others. There is no surprise in that, since the Lord proclaimed those as the first and great commandments. It is love of God that will lead us to keep His commandments. And love of others is at the heart of our capacity to obey Him.” – Henry B. Eyring, “Our Perfect Example,” Ensign, November 2009
“Oh, the height and the depth of divine love, the love of God for his children here upon the earth! We are put under an obligation that we never can repay in this life or in the life to come. The greatness of this sacrifice cannot be measured, cannot be fully understood by mortal man; but, nevertheless, we can get the benefit of it by faith and obedience to the commandments of God. That is what he requires, and I was going to say how simple it is to keep the commandments of God, and yet it may not be so simple, and it may not be so easy, because Satan very well knows the mark of our high calling, and he is seeking continually to lead away the Saints of God from the path of rectitude and from the path of life, but after all, my brethren and sisters, through faith and prayer and diligence, we will surely prevail.” - Rudger Clawson, “Conference Report,” October 1921, Afternoon Session, p. 36
"We teach that God's love for His children is infinite. Regardless of race, nationality, or gender, He loves all of them. He has done so from the beginning and will continue to do so. He invites all to gain eternal exaltation for their family. His work and His glory is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life—the exaltation—of His children. 'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'" - Russell M. Nelson, "Generations Linked in Love," Ensign (CR) May 2010
We know little of the will of the Lord, yet we judge the Lord often with our small wisdom. I speak to those who now walk the deep water of life or the rivers of sorrow. I testify to you that the Lord loves you, and Jesus Christ will never forget you! The Lord has said, “My son [or daughter], … all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.” (D&C 122:7.) -
Jesus lived with the poor. He appeared as one of them. He cast his lot with the lowly and dejected classes of society. You will recall when John the Baptist sent his disciples to be reassured, Jesus said, “Tell John the poor have the gospel preached to them.” (See Luke 7:22.) Can you think of any leader aspiring to greatness and recognition who ever thought of beginning with the poor? Please remember that the higher circles were open to him, but he never deserted the meek and the humble. He remained their friend.Was not this a manifestation of his great love? - Alma Sonne, “Conference Report,” October 1963, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p.54
Oh, it is wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father loves us—even with all our flaws! His love is such that even should we give up on ourselves, He never will. - Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Great Commandment,” Ensign (CR) November 2007
The Bible tells us that “God is love.” He is the perfect embodiment of love, and we rely heavily on the constancy and universal reach of that love. As President Thomas S. Monson has expressed: “God’s love is there for you whether or not you feel you deserve love. It is simply always there.” – D. Todd Christofferson, “Abide in My Love,” Ensign (CR) November 2016
There are many ways to describe and speak of divine love. One of the terms we hear often today is that God’s love is “unconditional.” While in one sense that is true, the descriptor unconditional appears nowhere in scripture. Rather, His love is described in scripture as “great and wonderful love,” “perfect love,” “redeeming love,” and “everlasting love.” These are better terms because the word unconditional can convey mistaken impressions about divine love, such as, God tolerates and excuses anything we do because His love is unconditional, or God makes no demands upon us because His love is unconditional, or all are saved in the heavenly kingdom of God because His love is unconditional. God’s love is infinite and it will endure forever, but what it means for each of us depends on how we respond to His love. – D. Todd Christofferson, “Abide in My Love,” Ensign (CR) November 2016
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