Feeling the Love of the Lord Daily in Our Lives24981_000_008
Prayerfully select and read from this message the scriptures and teachings that meet the needs of the sisters you visit. Share your experiences and testimony. Invite those you teach to do the same.
Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society general president: “If I could have one thing happen for every woman in this Church, it would be that they would feel the love of the Lord in their lives daily. I have felt the love of the Lord in my life, and I am so thankful for that” (“Feel the Love of the Lord,” Liahona, July 2002, 95; Ensign, May 2002, 84).
As We Love Him, What Does Our Gracious God Promise Us?
1 Corinthians 2:9 [1 Cor. 2:9]: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
2 Nephi 1:15 [2 Ne. 1:15]: “The Lord hath redeemed my soul from hell; I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love.”
President Gordon B. Hinckley: “Love of God is the root of all virtue, of all goodness, of all strength of character, of all fidelity to do right. … 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 each of us” (“Words of the Living Prophet,” Liahona, Dec. 1996, 8; “Excerpts from Recent Addresses of President Gordon B. Hinckley,” Ensign, Apr. 1996, 73).
1 Nephi 11:22–23 [1 Ne. 11:22–23]: “The love of God … sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things … and the most joyous to the soul.”
What Can We Do to Feel the Love of the Lord Each Day?
Jacob 3:2 : “Lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love; for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever.”
Elder Gene R. Cook of the Seventy: “True gratitude is the ability to humbly see, feel, and even receive love. Gratitude is a form of returning love to God. Recognize His hand, tell Him so, express your love to Him. As you come to truly know the Lord, you will find an intimate, sacred relationship built on trust. You will come to know He understands your anguish and will, in compassion, always respond to you in love.
“Receive it. Feel it. It is not enough just to know that God loves you. The gift is to be felt continually day by day. It will then be a divine motivator throughout your life. Repent. Remove any worldliness from your life, including anger. Receive a continual remission of your sins, and you will bridle all your passions and be filled with love” (“Charity: Perfect and Everlasting Love,” Liahona, July 2002, 92–93; Ensign, May 2002, 83).