“In 1840 the Prophet Joseph sent an epistle to the Twelve wherein he
taught that ‘love is one of the chief characteristics of Deity, and
ought to be manifested by those who aspire to be the sons of God. A man
filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone,
but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human
race’ (History of the Church, 5: 227).
“As we reach out in love
to those around us, we fulfill the other half of the great commandment to
‘love thy neighbour as thyself’ (Galatians 5:14).”
“When Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment to ‘love one
another; as I have loved you,’ (John 13:34), He gave to them the grand
key to happiness in this life and glory in the next.
“Love is the greatest of all the commandments–all others hang upon it. It is
our focus as followers of the living Christ. It is the one trait that, if
developed, will most improve our lives.”
(Joseph B. Wirthlin, “The Great Commandment,” Ensign, Nov. 2007)