- As we taught our children the plan of salvation, their love for Heavenly Father and for the Savior grew as they learned that it is a plan of love. The gospel of Jesus Christ is centered on the love of the Father and the Savior for us and our love for Them and for one another.
He speaks about love being a requirement to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Love is necessary to follow the Savior.
- Being the foundation stone of our daily life, pure love is a requirement for every true disciple of Jesus Christ.
- Love indeed is the true sign of every true disciple of Jesus Christ.
He gives us a long list of things disciples do because they love the Savior.
- True disciples love to serve. They know that serving is an expression of true love and a covenant they made at baptism.
- True disciples love to forgive. They know that the Atonement of the Savior covers all sins and mistakes of each one of us.
- True disciples are quick to forgive and quick to ask for forgiveness.
- True disciples love to submit themselves to the Lord with peace in their heart. They are humble and submissive because they love Him.
- True disciples love the Lord more than the world and are steadfast and immovable in their faith. They stay strong and firm in a changing and confusing world.
- True disciples love to listen to the voice of the Spirit and of the prophets and are not confused by the voices of the world.
- True disciples love to “stand in holy places” and love to make holy the places where they stand. Wherever they go, they bring the love of the Lord and peace to the hearts of others.
- True disciples love to obey the Lord’s commandments, and they obey because they love the Lord. As they love and keep their covenants, their hearts are renewed and their very nature changes.
He speaks about the need to forgive others as well as forgive ourselves for mistakes that are made. He encourages us when it is hard to forgive to instead of focusing on what has been done wrong to us, to focus on what the Savior has to for us.
- If you are struggling to find the strength to forgive, don’t think of what others have done to you, but think of what the Savior has done for you, and you will find peace in the redemptive blessings of His Atonement.
Finally, Elder De Feo shares his testimony of the Savior and the Atonement. He shares that the reason the Savior did what he did was out of pure love for his Father and for each of us.
- In the midst of His greatest pain, in the garden that night, He was the one who needed help, suffering in a way that we cannot even imagine or comprehend. But in the end, He forgot about Himself and prayed for us until He paid the full price. How was He able to do it? Because of His pure love for the Father, who sent Him, and for us. He loved the Father and us more than Himself.
- He paid for something that He had not done. He paid for sins that He had not committed. Why? Pure love. Having paid the full price, He was in the position to offer us the blessings of what He paid for if we would repent. Why did He offer this? Again, and always, pure love.
I appreciate Elder De Feo's encouragement to focus on the love that the Savior has for us instead of the negative things in our lives. I know that I can get caught up in the daily requirements of life and forget to remember that there is a larger reason we are here and look for ways to touch another person's life. I am appreciative of being reminded that charity is the key attribute of a disciple of Jesus Christ. I need to focus on that a little more and try to let those qualities come out in my character naturally. As I do, I am confident I will stay on the path of discipleship as I desire.