The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Love

"So many of the problems in the world today spring from selfishness. Selfish people focus on their own needs and not on the needs of others. To illustrate, President Heber J. Grant used to say that he would never make an assignment to anyone to do a job that he would not be prepared to do himself. Certainly Jesus is a wonderful example of that quality. He willingly gave the greatest sacrifice of all, his life, for the benefit of all mankind. 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends' (John 15:13)." — Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Guided by His Exemplary Life," Ensign, Sept. 1995, p. 38

"The greatest commandment, to love God, was not given priority at the expense or exclusion of the second commandment, to love our neighbor. I cannot comprehend and indeed do not feel it is possible to love the Lord and not love our neighbors. I have seen some express tearful testimony and love for the Savior who show no warmth whatsoever to God’s children. I do not think a sincere love of the Savior is possible without a sincere love of mankind. Neither do I believe it is possible to have sincere love and concern for Church members at the exclusion of the rest of God’s children." — Glenn L. Pace, "Infinite Needs and Finite Resources," Ensign, June 1993, p. 52

"How can we love someone whom we do not know? The whole purpose of life and all the promises of salvation rest upon the requirement that we learn to know him. This is the greatest blessing for a human being! It is the ultimate purpose of our mortal life--to find him and to feel the joy and the warmth of his acceptance and the power of his light and his voice. When God asks us to love him, then we must know that he loves each one of us and that he is reaching out to each of us, that he might touch us, that we will not lose ourselves in matters of the flesh and in the vain desires of this world." — F. Enzio Busche, "This Is Life Eternal," Ensign, Jan. 1982, p. 49–50

"We can expend the effort to change ourselves so that our words continually reflect true love. If we do so, it is more likely that we will reap the reward of continually seeing our companion’s eyes light up every time we enter the room. We have only one life to live, and it offers us the chance to build our marriages into an eternal love. What will we choose?" — Melvin L. Prueitt, "Your Partner’s Happiness," Ensign, Jan. 1992, p. 61

"When a man asked Christ what he should do to inherit eternal life, He answered, 'Love the Lord thy God … and thy neighbour as thyself.' (Luke 10:27.) Love is the essence of the gospel and the guiding light for a Christlike life. It not only teaches us to look upward but also to look around us. Our heart, might, and mind must be dedicated to the Lord and to our fellow men, women, and children. But what does that really mean? It means that we follow the admonition of the scripture, 'If ye love me, keep my commandments.' (John 14:15.) It means that we live the example of the good Samaritan, who was free of prejudice and excuses and therefore truly loved his neighbor. He went the second mile and gave of what he had despite all the odds. His life was one of single-minded service." — Hans B. Ringger, "Choose You This Day," Ensign, May 1990, p. 26

"We need not wait for Valentine's Day or any other special day to show love. We can experience a bit of heaven every day when our hearts reach out in love to one another." — Ardeth Greene Kapp, "The Joy of the Journey," Deseret Book Co., 1992, p. 29

"When we listen carefully and obey fully we come to appreciate that the fabric of family strength is woven with the durable fibers of revealed truth and abiding love. Truth and love are two of the most powerful principles in the world, and when they are found together, modern miracles occur." — Thomas S. Monson, "Be Your Best Self," Deseret Book Co., 1979, p. 78

"Such forgetfulness of self, such love of his fellow men made him [Joesph Smith] a powerful leader. If we who battle for the cause for which he gave his life desire to become successful leaders, we must love our brethren and sisters, be courteous and gentle with them, must be one with them." — John A. Widtsoe, "Conference Report," October 1942, p. 74

"Most of us at some time in our lives suffer great sorrow or disappointment. This is necessary for spiritual growth and development. Jesus set the pattern for us here. His life evidenced the power of love and service. The cross today is a symbol of suffering and sacrifice for others. The power of love, sacrifice and example has been proven to be the most powerful influence in the world." — Franklin D. Richards, "BYU Speeches of the Year," p. 8, December 14, 1965

"To Latter-day Saints the marriage covenant is sacred and when solemnized by proper authority is known as celestial or eternal marriage. As God is love and as God is eternal, so love must be eternal. Parenthood is next to Godhood, and the family relationship is intended to be a continuing association throughout eternity." — Hugh B. Brown, "The Abundant Life," Bookcraft, 1965, p. 317

"God's love is complete and without limit for you and for all mankind. (John 3:16.) He is perfectly just (2 Ne. 9:17; Mosiah 29:12.) and merciful. (Deut. 4:31; Alma 42:15.) He is perfectly kind (Isa. 54:8; 3 Ne. 22:8.) and understands your circumstances and condition. He knows you better than you know yourself." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Growing into the Priesthood," Ensign, Nov. 1999, p. 40

"One underlying principle runs throughout the Savior's life, mission, and teachings: We are to love one another. He said to his disciples: 'A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.' (John 13:34-35.) He said also: 'If ye love me, keep my commandments.' (John 14:15.) Imagine for a moment the result if everyone were to love one another as Jesus loves his disciples. We would have no bickering, quarreling, strife, or contention in our homes. We would not offend or insult one another either verbally or in any other way. We would not have unnecessary litigation over small matters. War would be impossible, especially war waged in the name of religion." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "Finding Peace in Our Lives," [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1995], p. 27

"We must at regular and appropriate intervals speak and reassure others of our love and the long time it takes to prove it by our actions. Real love does take time. The Great Shepherd had the same thoughts in mind when he taught, 'If ye love me, keep my commandments' (John 14:15; italics added) and 'If ye love me feed my sheep' (John 21:16; italics added). Love demands action if it is to be continuing. Love is a process. Love is not a declaration. Love is not an announcement. Love is not a passing fancy. Love is not an expediency. Love is not a convenience. 'If ye love me, keep my commandments' and 'If ye love me feed my sheep' are God-given proclamations that should remind us we can often best show our love through the processes of feeding and keeping." - Marvin J. Ashton, "Love Takes Time," Ensign, November 1975, p. 108

"Some point the accusing finger at the sinner or the unfortunate and in derision say, 'He has brought his condition upon himself.' Others exclaim, 'Oh, he will never change. He has always been a bad one.' A few see beyond the outward appearance and recognize the true worth of a human soul. When they do, miracles occur. The downtrodden, the discouraged, the helpless become 'no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.' (Eph. 2:19.) True love can alter human lives and change human nature." - Thomas S. Monson, "With Hand and Heart," Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 132

"For many years I saw a strong man carry his tiny, emaciated, arthritic wife to meetings and wherever she could go. There could be no sexual expression. Here was selfless indication of affection. I think that is pure love. I saw a kindly woman wait on her husband for many years as he deteriorated with muscular dystrophy. She waited on him hand and foot, night and day, when all he could do was to blink his eyes in thanks. I believe that was love.

"I knew a woman who carried her little, handicapped daughter until the child was too heavy to carry, and then pushed her in a wheelchair for the following years until her death. The deprived child could never express appreciation. It seems to me that that was love. Another mother visited regularly her son who was in the penitentiary. She could receive nothing from him. She gave much, all she had." - "The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball," edited by Edward L. Kimball [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982], p. 245

"Love is the catalyst that causes change. Love is the balm that brings healing to the soul. But love doesn’t grow like weeds or fall like rain. Love has its price. '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). That Son, even the Lord Jesus Christ, gave His life that we might have eternal life, so great was His love for His Father and for us." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Doorway of Love," Ensign, Oct. 1996, p. 2

"As we step back and try to understand this love of God, we are astounded by its profound impact. At its center is the reality of a literal Father in Heaven whose love for His children knows no bounds. All truths, wisdom, power, goodness, and love He desires to share with His children, whom He created and sent to earth. He would have us reach up and know Him as a Father, as one who forgives, as a helper, as friend, as lawgiver—as one anxious to grant to every man the full opportunity of His love and potential and ultimately the blessing to one day become like Him. This love from Father in Heaven and its effects upon one of His children or the whole world is miraculous and contagious. He is constantly and everlastingly watching over us to lovingly and gently nudge us along." - James M. Paramore, "Love One Another," Ensign, May 1981, 53

"In this world in which we live, there is a tendency for us to describe needed change, required help, and desired relief with the familiar phrase, 'They ought to do something about this.' We fail to define the word they. I love the message, 'Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.' Tears came to my eyes when I read of a young boy who noticed a vagrant asleep on a sidewalk and who then went to his own bedroom, retrieved his pillow, and placed it beneath the head of that one whom he knew not. Perhaps there came from the past these welcome words: 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me' (Matt. 25:40)." - Thomas S. Monson, "The Doorway of Love," Ensign, Oct. 1996, 4–5

"We need more understanding in our relationships with one another, in business and in industry, between management and labor, between government and the governed. We need understanding in that most important of all social units the family, understanding between children and parents and between husband and wife. Marriage would bring happiness, and divorce would be unknown if there were understanding hearts. Hatred tears down but understanding builds up." - Howard W. Hunter, "Conference Report," April 1962, Afternoon Meeting, p.76

"The Master taught: 'For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.' (Luke 9:24.)

"This remarkable and miraculous process occurs in our own lives as we reach out with love to serve others. Each of us can, with effort, successfully root the principle of love deep in our being so that we may be nourished by its great power all of our lives. For as we tap into the power of love, we will come to understand the great truth written by John: 'God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God.' (1 John 4:16.)" - Gordon B. Hinckley, Faith: The Essence of True Religion, p.49

"An understanding, loving heart is the pinnacle of all human emotions. As the Apostle Paul said, charity 'beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.' (1 Cor. 13:7.) We come closest to becoming Christlike when we are charitable and understanding of others.

"One may have many talents and knowledge but never acquire wisdom because he does not learn to be compassionate with his fellow man.

"We will never approach godliness until we learn to love and lift. Indifference to others and their plight denies us life's sweetest moments of joy and service." - Marvin J. Ashton, "The Measure of Our Hearts," Ensign (CR), November 1988, p.15

"'If a single man achieves the highest kind of love,' wrote Mahatma Gandhi, 'it will be sufficient to neutralize the hate of millions.' (Hermann Hagedorn, Prophet in the Wilderness: The Story of Albert Schweitzer, New York: MacMillan Co., 1948, title page.)

"God does not love us because we are lovable, have a pleasing personality or a good sense of humor, or at rare times show exceptional kindness. In spite of who we are and what we have done, God wants to pour out His love on us, for the unlovable are also precious unto Him." - David B. Haight, "Love All," Ensign (CR), November 1982, p.10

"When we are filled with kindness, we are not judgmental. The Savior taught, 'Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.' (Luke 6:37.) He also taught that 'with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.' (Matt. 7:2.)

"'But,' you ask, 'what if people are rude?'

"Love them.

"'If they are obnoxious?'

"Love them.

"'But what if they offend? Surely I must do something then?'

"Love them.


"The answer is the same. Be kind. Love them.

"Why? In the scriptures Jude taught, 'And of some have compassion, making a difference.' (Jude 1:22.) - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "The Virtue of Kindness," Ensign (CR), May 2005, p. 26

"With the Holy Ghost dwelling in us, we feel a love for God and all His children. This love casts out fear and fills us with the desire to open our mouths. There is no greater gift we can give others than to bear our testimony to them. There is no greater joy we can have than to bring even one soul unto Christ. (See D&C 18:15.) And there is no greater way to strengthen our own testimony than to share our witness of Him with the world. As we do, our families will be strengthened. Our wards, stakes, and communities will be filled with peace and love, and, ultimately, the earth will be prepared for the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." - Robert D. Hales, "Receiving a Testimony of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ," Ensign (CR), November 2003, p.28

"Since Nephi had such love for everyone, we wonder how he acquired it. He must have lived in anticipation of the divine directive that would later be proclaimed by the Savior as the key to the development of love: 'A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you.' (John 13:34; emphasis added.)

"Jesus' love was inseparably connected to and resulted from his life of serving, sacrificing, and giving in behalf of others. We cannot develop Christlike love except by practicing the process prescribed by the Master." - C. Max Caldwell, "Love of Christ," Ensign (CR), November 1992, p.29

"Jesus Christ was filled with unfathomable love as He endured incomprehensible pain, cruelty, and injustice for us. Through His love for us, He rose above otherwise insurmountable barriers. His love knows no barriers. He invites us to follow Him and partake of His unlimited love so we too may rise above the pain and cruelty and injustice of this world and help and forgive and bless." - John H. Groberg, "The Power of God's Love," Ensign (CR), November 2004, p.9

"Love always comes first. A single act of kindness will seldom be enough. The Lord described the love we must feel, and that those we invite must recognize in us, with words like these: 'Charity suffereth long,' and it 'beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.' (1 Cor. 13:4,7)" - Henry B. Eyring, "A Voice of Warning," Ensign (CR), November 1998, p.32

"My brothers and sisters, may we resolve from this day forward to fill our hearts with love. May we go the extra mile to include in our lives any who are lonely or downhearted or who are suffering in any way. May we '[cheer] up the sad and [make] someone feel glad.' (Hymns, no. 223.) May we live so that when that final summons is heard, we may have no serious regrets, no unfinished business, but will be able to say with the Apostle Paul, 'I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.' (2 Tim 4:7)" - Thomas S. Monson, "Now Is the Time," Ensign (CR), November 2001, p.59

"How do we know when we love God with all of our hearts? What criteria do we have by which we can judge? The Savior himself gave us the criteria. He said, 'If ye love me, keep my commandments.' (John 14:15.) Therefore, only to the extent that we keep the commandments that God has given us do we love the Eternal Father and his Only Begotten Son." - Milton R. Hunter, "Conference Report," April 1950, p.90

"The Savior asked, 'What man is there of you, whom if his son asks bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?' (Matthew 7:9-11.) To my beloved Pat and me, our children are more precious possessions than any crown or kingdom this world could offer. There is literally not anything in righteousness we would not do for them; there is no stream so deep nor mountain so high nor desert so wide that we could be kept from calming their fears or holding them close to us. And if we 'being evil' can love so much and try so hard, what does that say of a more Godly love that differs from our own as the stars differ from the sun? On a particularly difficult day, or sometimes a series of difficult days, what would this world's inhabitants pay to know that heavenly parents are reaching across those same streams and mountains and deserts, anxious to hold them close? That manifest reassurance comes in its fullest form only in the doctrines and the covenants of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What a soothing strength that gives in a world-even a religious world-spoken of by C. S. Lewis as being full of otherwise 'cold Christs and tangled trinities.'" - Jeffrey R. Holland, "However Long and Hard the Road," p.47

"Love is the beginning, the middle, and the end of the pathway of discipleship. It comforts, counsels, cures, and consoles. It leads us through valleys of darkness and through the veil of death. In the end love leads us to the glory and grandeur of eternal life." - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "The Great Commandment," General Conference, 6 October 2007

"True compassion for one's fellow men is a mark of a true saint. It consists in sorrow for their sufferings, in having pity and sympathy for them, and in exhibiting mercy, tenderness and kindness towards them. Indeed, one of the specific covenants taken by those who accept fellowship with the saints is to mourn with those that mourn, comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and bear the burdens of each other. (Mosiah 18:8-9.) Standing counsel to the saints is: 'Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.' (1 Pet. 3:8.) 'Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.' (Eph. 4:32.)" - Bruce R. McConkie, "Mormon Doctrine," 2d ed., p.152

“So let the power of love guide us in sharing the gospel with family members, friends, neighbors, business associates, and any other people we encounter as we go through life. Most everyone wants to enjoy peace and happiness. That is a natural human desire. People want to find answers to the problems they face. This is increasingly true in the world we now live in.” - M. Russell Ballard, “The Essential Role of Member Missionary Work,” Ensign (CR), May 2003, p. 37

"If we are to walk in the steps of the Savior, we cannot do it without personal sacrifice and sincere involvement. It is rarely convenient, but love extends beyond convenience for those who have conditioned themselves to look for opportunities to serve. I believe that the Savior was equipped to accomplish his mission not only through his parentage, but because of his  thirty years of preparation in developing an awareness of and a sensitivity to the needs of his fellowmen." - J. Richard Clarke, "Love," p. 59

"There may be times when we excuse ourselves for unkindness because we are not feeling our best or our mood is not just right. It is easy to act kindly toward others when things are going well in our lives. But perhaps the real measure of our kindness comes if we can be so when we are tired, disappointed, or suffering because of an unkind deed done to us. Are we kind when all is not well?" - Betty Jo Jepsen, "Kindness—A Part of God's Plan," Ensign (CR), November 1990, p. 91

"If the tender, profound, and sympathizing love practiced and recommended by Jesus were paramount in every heart, the loftiest and most glorious ideals of human society would be realized and little would be wanting to make this world a kingdom of heaven. Love is indeed heaven upon the earth, since heaven above would not be heaven without it." - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," October 1970, Afternoon Meeting, p. 44

"To love one's neighbor is noble and inspiring, whether the neighbor is one who lives close by, or in a broader sense, a fellow being of the human race. It stimulates the desire to promote happiness, comfort, interest, and the welfare of others. It creates understanding. The ills of the world would be cured by understanding. Wars would cease and crime disappear. The scientific knowledge now being wasted in the world because of the distrust of men and nations could be diverted to bless mankind." - Howard W. Hunter, "The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter," edited by Clyde J. Williams, p. 95

"The Savior's charge to His disciples to love one another—and the dramatic and powerful way He taught this principle at the Last Supper—is one of the most poignant and beautiful episodes from the last days of His mortal life.

"He was not teaching a simple class in ethical behavior. This was the Son of God pleading with His Apostles and all disciples who would come after them to remember and follow this most central of His teachings. How we relate and interact with each other is a measure of our willingness to follow Jesus Christ." - Quentin L. Cook, "We Follow Jesus Christ," Ensign (CR) May 2010

"The Church is moving forward because it is true. It is growing because there is a broadening love for that truth. It is growing because of a love for God, a love for the Savior, a love for neighbor, and a strengthening spirit of love in the homes of the people. It is this love which is the great constant in all of our work. It stems from that love which is divine:

"'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.)" - Gordon B. Hinckley, "Let Love Be the Lodestar of Your Life," Ensign (CR) April 1989

Besides loving God, we are commanded to do what to many is a more difficult commandment—to love all, even enemies, and to go beyond the barriers of race or class or family relationships. It is easier, of course, to be kind to those who are kind to us—the usual standard of friendly reciprocity.

Then are we not commanded to cultivate genuine fellowship and even a kinship with every human being on earth? Whom would you bar from your circle? We might deny ourselves a nearness to our Savior because of our prejudices of neighborhood or possessions or race—attitudes that Christ would surely condemn. Love has no boundary, no limitation of good will. - David B. Haight, "Love All," Ensign (CR) October 1982

10/23/11 The two great commandments—to love God and our neighbor—are a joining of the temporal and the spiritual. It is important to note that these two commandments are called “great” because every other commandment hangs upon them. In other words, our personal, family, and Church priorities must begin here. All other goals and actions should spring from the fountain of these two great commandments—from our love for God and for our neighbor. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Providing in the Lord's Way," Ensign (CR) October 2011

11/14/11 The greatest expression of love from our Father in Heaven to the human family is probably the infinite atonement of the Savior. “For God so loved the world,” said John, “that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16.)

The most noble expression of love by man is to “love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. …

“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matt. 22:37, 39.)

To love our neighbor is a godlike trait and can take many forms. - Loren C. Dunn, "The Gospel of Love," Ensign (CR) October 1985

11/28/11 You will observe that the antidote for selfishness is love, especially love of the Lord. Love can overpower the undermining effect of selfishness. Love engenders faith in Christ’s plan of happiness, provides courage to begin the process of repentance, strengthens the resolve to be obedient to His teachings, and opens the door of service, welcoming in the feelings of self-worth and of being loved and needed. - Richard G. Scott, "We Love You—Please Come Back," Ensign (CR) April 1986

It is when we yield to God’s will and live His pattern that His Spirit is felt. The Savior taught, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). This principle of having love one to another and developing our ability to be Christ centered in how we think, speak, and act is fundamental in becoming disciples of Christ and teachers of His gospel. - Paul E. Koelliker, "He Truly Loves Us," Ensign, (CR) May 2012

What is the ultimate means by which we can enjoy the gift and power of the Holy Ghost? It is the power that comes by being faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. It is our love for Him and our fellowman. It is the Savior who defined the pattern of love when He taught us, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another” (John 13:34). - Paul E. Koelliker, "He Truly Loves Us," Ensign (CR) May 2012

Love is the greatest of all the commandments—all others hang upon it. It is our focus as followers of the living Christ. It is the one trait that, if developed, will most improve our lives. - Joseph B. Wirthlin, "The Great Commandment," Ensign (CR) November 2012

How about some low-tech love for those times when we don't have a lot of extra time, energy, money, food, ideas, clothing, or whatever. There are things anyone can do--even busy, busy worldlings. Don't wait for the big deal. Just serve here and now. Love is a lot of little rescues and burdens lifted and people genuinely served. - Mary Ellen Edmunds, Love Is a Verb, p.6

Every gift that is offered to us—especially a gift that comes from the heart—is an opportunity to build or strengthen a bond of love. When we are good and grateful receivers, we open a door to deepen our relationship with the giver of the gift. But when we fail to appreciate or even reject a gift, we not only hurt those who extend themselves to us, but in some way we harm ourselves as well. - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "The Good and Grateful Receiver," Christmas Devotional, December 2012

That is what Jesus taught His disciples—including “a certain lawyer”—through the parable of the good Samaritan. And that is what He is teaching us today through living prophets and apostles. Love one another. Be kind to one another despite our deepest differences. Treat one another with respect and civility. - M. Russell Ballard, "Doctrine of Inclusion," Ensign (CR) November 2001

We can begin to become more diligent and concerned at home by telling the people we love that we love them. Such expressions do not need to be flowery or lengthy. We simply should sincerely and frequently express love. - David A. Bednar, “More Diligent and Concerned at Home,” Ensign (CR) November 2009

We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey. Likewise, we cannot fully love our fellowmen if we do not love God, the Father of us all. The Apostle John tells us, “This commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” We are all spirit children of our Heavenly Father and, as such, are brothers and sisters. As we keep this truth in mind, loving all of God’s children will become easier. - Thomas S. Monson, “Love—the Essence of the Gospel,” Ensign (CR) May 2014

As I see how many people, not only in Europe but everywhere, quarrel and antagonize one another, I understand better why Jesus continually emphasized the need for love. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of love. A life of love is not an easy life to live, especially when one lives in a world where strife with neighbors and strife within one’s own family is so common. People have been hurt so often in the past that they are constantly on guard one against another. They have drawn a defensive circle around themselves so tightly it is difficult to penetrate. Yet they need to be taught love. - Theodore M. Burton, “The Need for Love,” Ensign (CR) May 1979

May I suggest that parents’ teachings will be listened to more intently and be more closely heeded if they are preceded by and woven together with that golden fiber of love. If our words are to be remembered they must be accompanied and followed by considerate, thoughtful actions that cannot be forgotten. - H. Burke Peterson, “The Daily Portion of Love,” Ensign (CR) April 1977

Now, if I could leave one small message with you today, it would be this: the Lord has said, “Love one another; as I have loved you.” I’m confident that there is no choice, sin, or mistake that you or anyone else can make that will change His love for you or for them. That does not mean He excuses or condones sinful conduct—I’m sure He does not—but it does mean we are to reach out to our fellowman in love to invite, persuade, serve, and rescue. Jesus Christ looked past people’s ethnicity, rank, and circumstances in order to teach them this profound truth. - Ronald A. Rasband, “I Stand All Amazed,” Ensign (CR) November 2015

“It is love—the pure love of Christ,” Rose said. “You see, everything else in the gospel—all the shoulds and the musts and the thou shalts —lead to love. When we love God, we want to serve Him. We want to be like Him. When we love our neighbors, we stop thinking so much about our own problems and help others to solve theirs.” - Dieter F. Uchtdorf, “A Summer with Great-Aunt Rose,” Ensign (CR) November 2015

We do not develop love with anger or jealousy or selfishness or unrighteous dominion, or in trying to second guess God and His ways—we only develop it in serving (loving) others with all of our hearts. To love God with all of our hearts, and our fellowman as ourselves, has always been and will always be not only the best way but the only way for achieving the love we need to eventually enter the celestial kingdom. - John H. Groberg, "In the Eye of the Storm," p.278

What of loving and being loved? Perhaps the most serious problem of many young people and of their adult generation is their poor self-image, a conviction that they are worthless. To be able to truly love God and his neighbor, one must esteem himself. Everyone needs to love and to have the assurance that he is worth loving and that he is loved, beyond "demand or reciprocity, praise or blame." No mere tolerance or indulgence can take the place of such love, which does not come from sermons or resolutions, but only from persons who can give it, and from God. - Marion D. Hanks, "Conference Report," April 1968, Second Day-Morning Meeting, p.58

Day-to-day acts of service, whether for good or evil, may not seem important, but they are building cords of love that become so strong they can seldom be broken. Ours is to place our areas of love in proper perspective. Meaningful love always works for our eternal progress and not against it. – Marvin J. Ashton, “We Serve That Which We Love,” Ensign (CR) May 1981

When a man asked Christ what he should do to inherit eternal life, He answered, “Love the Lord thy God … and thy neighbour as thyself.” (Luke 10:27.) Love is the essence of the gospel and the guiding light for a Christlike life. It not only teaches us to look upward but also to look around us. Our heart, might, and mind must be dedicated to the Lord and to our fellow men, women, and children. But what does that really mean? It means that we follow the admonition of the scripture, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15.) It means that we live the example of the good Samaritan, who was free of prejudice and excuses and therefore truly loved his neighbor. He went the second mile and gave of what he had despite all the odds. His life was one of single-minded service. – Hans B. Ringger, “Choose You This Day,” Ensign (CR) May 1990

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