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September 30, 2021 - Love Your Neighbor

The gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of transformation. It takes us as men and women of the earth and refines us into men and women for the eternities.
The means of this refinement is our Christlike love. There is no pain it cannot soften, no bitterness it cannot remove, no hatred it cannot alter.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, "The Great Commandment", General Conference, October 2007

Here was a talk given by Elder Wirthlin about love. As he was giving this address, he started to wobble and was having a difficult time standing. Then, the then Elder Nelson came up and stabilized and supported his friend. He stood beside him. Elder Wirthlin was speaking of loving your neighbor then Elder Nelson came over to support him. Coincidence?

Tears filled my eyes as I watched this again. It wasn't an extraordinary event by any means. It was so simple a gesture, but it spoke so much to me.

Three things I came to realize with this simple act: one, is that we are never alone. Sometimes it seems that darkness surrounds us and we feel isolated from help and support. But we are not. Help is there even though we can't see it.

Two, the character of the man, Russell M. Nelson, who is today the prophet of God on this earth, epitomizes so much of what we understand to be Christlike. His example is inspiring.

And, three, by small and simple things are great things brought to pass. What Elder Nelson did was so small and simple but the lesson I learned was enormous and character building. I received a witness from God that there are genuinely good, decent, faithful, God-fearing, loving people on this earth. I want to be one of them.

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