From the Head to the Heart

Brother Stephen W. Owen


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Waking up each morning next to a beloved spouse, holding a child in your arms, laughing with siblings, listening to the stories of parents and grandparents—these are the moments that matter. Knowing that you can spend an eternity with the family that you love is a powerful piece of information; and knowing it’s what God wants for you is empowering.

Relationships are at the very core of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When the Savior was asked, “Which is the greatest commandment in the law?” His answer pointed to relationships: First, our eternal relationship with our Heavenly Father, “Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart;” Second, our eternal relationships with one another, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (see Matthew 22: 36-39).

During His life, Christ was always focused on the eternal—on loving and caring for those surrounding Him. We follow His example when we put relationships first. Love for our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, family, and others is developed and strengthened when we engage in family history activities and consistently spend time in the temple; both fortify relational bonds and prioritize the eternal.

When our lives come to a close, it’s unlikely that we’ll wish we had spent more time on temporal things. We’ll be more likely to realize that the journey has been about love, knowledge, and relationships—the only things that have eternal value; the only things we can take with us when we go. We’ll be grateful for the moments we chose to love deeply. We’ll be grateful for the time we spent learning about our ancestors, and for our choice to perform their temple ordinances.

Take some time today to consider the people you love—past, present and future. Note a simple thought, feeling, or experience you’ve had with one of them in your journal. Create a scrapbook page. Visit your grandparents. Sign in to FamilySearch and explore your roots. Visit a cemetery and join the “Find a Grave” movement. Plan a temple trip. Try indexing. There are many ways to strengthen and preserve precious eternal relationships. Start simple. Start today.