President Monson loves poetry. He often quotes poems in his talks, including the poem below, “Which Loved Best?” It was printed in an old textbook that helped teach children how to read.
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Love causes change. Love brings healing to the soul. But love doesn’t grow like weeds or fall like rain.
Jesus taught, “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).
Little children can learn the lesson of love. They respond readily to a favorite verse:
The desire to lift, the willingness to help, and the graciousness to give come from a heart filled with love. True love is a reflection of Christ’s love.
Three Meanings of Love(click to view larger)
Illustrations by Scott Jarrard
Love has at least three different meanings: (1) It is a feeling in your heart. (2) It is a word you can say. (3) It is an action. The best way to show the love you feel in your heart is to tell others you love them and do something nice for them too.
Look at the pictures below. What can the child in each situation do to show love for someone? Color the four scenes.
Joy Allison, “Which Loved Best?” in McGuffey’s Third Eclectic Reader (1879), 146–47.