123 What is Love

123 What is Love - What is Love What is Love Moroni 7:44­48 1 Corinthians 13 True charity the absolutely pure perfect love of Christ has really

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Unformatted text preview: What is Love? What is Love? Moroni 7:44­48 1 Corinthians 13 True charity, the absolutely pure, perfect love of Christ, has really been known only once in this world­­in the form of Christ Himself, the living Son of the living God. It is Christ's love that Mormon goes to some length to describe for us and that Paul the Apostle did as well some years before, writing to the Corinthians in New Testament times. As in everything, Christ is the only one who got it all right, did it all perfectly, loved the way we are all to try to love. But even though we fall short, that divine standard is there for us. It is a goal toward which we are to keep reaching, keep striving­­and, certainly, a goal to keep appreciating. And as we speak of this, may I remind you, as Mormon explicitly taught, that this love, this ability, capacity, and reciprocation we all so want, is a gift. It is "bestowed"­­that is Mormon's word. It doesn't come without effort and it doesn't come without patience, but, like salvation itself, in the end it is a gift, given by God to the "true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ." The solutions to life's problems are always gospel solutions. Not only are answers found in Christ, but so is the power, the gift, the bestowal, the miracle of giving and receiving those answers. In this matter of love, no doctrine could be more encouraging to us than that. Jeffrey R. Holland, “How Do I Love Thee,” Devotional Address, BYU, 15 February 2000 "What is love? Many people think of it as mere physical attraction and they casually speak of 'falling in love' and 'love at first sight.' This may be Hollywood's version and the interpretation of those who write love songs and love fiction. True love is not wrapped in such flimsy material. One might become immediately attracted to another individual, but love is far more than physical attraction. It is deep, inclusive and comprehensive. Physical attraction is only one of the many elements, but there must be faith and confidence and understanding and partnership. There must be common ideals and standards. There must be a great devotion and companionship. Love is cleanliness and progress and sacrifice and selflessness. This kind of love never tires nor wanes, but lives through sickness and sorrow, poverty and privation, accomplishment and disappointment, time and eternity" Spencer W. Kimball, Love versus Lust, 18. What is Love? Moroni 7:44­48 1 Corinthians 13 Doctrine and Covenants 95: 11­12 "Love is the foundation of marriage, but love itself is a product of law and lives by law. True love is law­abiding, for the highest satisfactions come to a law­abiding life. Moreover, true love of man for woman always includes love of God from whom all good things issue. The proof of our love of God is obedience to His law. Besides, life is so full of problems that the married couple should from the first seek the constant favor of the Lord. A sense of security and comfort comes to all who are wedded within the temple. They have obeyed the law. They have pleased the Lord. As law­abiding citizens in the kingdom of God, they have a special claim upon divine aid, blessings, and protection. Conformity to the practices of the Church always builds happiness in life. Marriage should begin right ­­ by obedience to law. John A. Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations [Salt Lake City: Improvement Era], 297­298. Love is like a flower, and, like the body, it needs constant feeding. The mortal body would soon be emaciated and die if there were not frequent feedings. The tender flower would wither and die without food and water. And so love, also, cannot be expected to last forever unless it is continually fed with portions of love, the manifestation of esteem and admiration, the expressions of gratitude, and the consideration of unselfishness. Spencer W. Kimball, Marriage and Divorce: An Address [Salt Lake City: Desert Book Co., 1976], 22 ­ 23. One who loves has and feels responsibility. Paul in 1 Corinthians says love thinketh no evil, is not self­ seeking, is long­suffering, and is kind. (See 1 Cor. 13:4–5.) If we look at love between two who are preparing for temple marriage, we see the elements of sacrifice and of serving each other’s best interests, not a shortsighted “me” interest. True love and happiness in courtship and marriage are based upon honesty, self­respect, sacrifice, consideration, courtesy, kindness, and placing “we” ahead of “me.” Marvin J. Ashton, “We Serve That Which We Love,” Ensign, May 1981, 22 The world is filled with too many of us who are inclined to indicate our love with an announcement or declaration. True love is a process. True love requires personal action. Love must be continuing to be real. Love takes time. Too often expediency, infatuation, stimulation, persuasion, or lust are mistaken for love. How hollow, how empty if our love is no deeper than the arousal of momentary feeling or the expression in words of what is no more lasting than the time it takes to speak them. 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 God­given 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, Nov. 1975, 108 The Last Touch Their first touch at seventeen was in the park, and the moon was full. She was beautiful to him. And her hair was long and her eyes were blue and her skin was warm and she turned to him. And he thought that he knew what love was. Another touch at twenty two, on their wedding night, and the stars were bright. She was beautiful to him. And her hair smelled sweet and her lips were full and her skin was warm and she turned to him. And he thought that he knew what love was. And then again at twenty­five, when the baby came and the sun was high. She was beautiful to him. And her hair was damp and her fingers (trembled) and her skin was warm and she (and the baby) turned to him. And he thought that he knew what love was Later on at fifty four, sitting on the porch all the children gone. She was beautiful to him. And her hair was gray and her fore­head lined and her skin was warm and she turned to him. And he thought that he knew what love was. Their last touch at eighty five­­was by her bed and the moon was full. She was beautiful to him. And her hair was thin and her eyes were closed and her skin was cold and she turned to him­­ And he knew that he knew­­what love was. After sixty­eight years of laughter and tears He knew that he knew what love was. ­­ Words by Carol Lynn Pearson, Music by Lex De Azevedo ...
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