Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday. To me it is a day to spread and express love to all the people you love! Family and friends. And everyone really, because isn't it a commandment to love our neighbors? So I hope you wear pink or red, and tell someone you love them or care about them, or at least wish them a Happy Valentine's Day with a big smile.
This week my studies are going to be focused on LOVE. Because that's really the reason for it all. The reason we are here on the earth is because our Heavenly Father loves us and wants us to learn and grow so that someday we can enjoy the same life and blessings he enjoys.
And He sent Jesus Christ to the earth to show us the way and suffer for our sins, so that we could be freed from the spiritual and physical death which accompany mortality. He has given us commandments because He loves us and wants to bless us, and He knows that blessings naturally flow into our lives when we live obedient to His laws and principles. And He has commanded us to love Him and one another, because in loving others we will become like Him.
I love the scriptures in Moroni 7:45-47 when it talks about charity (which is the pure love of Christ) that says
And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.I like to think about what it really means to love. And what is says here, to love is to not envy, to not think bad about others, to not rejoice in their mistakes, but to be positive and encouraging, hoping all things.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail— But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
If you have a chance this week, I encourage you to think about how you treat others. Are you loving to everyone, or only certain people?
Think about how much Heavenly Father loves every single one of us, and try to think of ways that you can love more like He does. I am going to do the same!
I know that Heavenly Father loves us, that we are His children, and His only concern is helping us receive eternal life, so that we can live with Him forever. And we can acheive that by learning to love more purely and sincerely.
I love each of you are reading this email! And wish you a wonderful week:)