One of my goals this month was to study some General Conference talks on Love, as well as strive to be more loving to those around me. There were so many wonderful and amazing talks on love, and so many things I can do to improve. 🙂 I thought it would be fun to share 10 General Conference Talks on Love. These talks that I am sharing today are talks that I have read and enjoyed. Talks that I took lots of notes on, and that encouraged me to try a little harder.
I hope you will take a look at these talks, and read a few or ALL of them. 🙂
The talks I am sharing today are not in any particular order. If any…it’s probably the order I read them in. 🙂 Enjoy!
This wonderful talk is from October 2006 General Conference session
How many of us are the hardest on ourselves? In today’s world we are bombarded with media and people making us think that we aren’t thin enough, beautiful enough, smart enough, and so on.
If you have any thoughts and feelings similar to these…, I invite you to become as a little child and feel again “the great and wonderful love made manifest by the Father and the Son in the coming of the Redeemer into the world.” Childlike faith in the perfect love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will “divide asunder” Satan’s snares of inadequacy, imperfection, and guilt.
If you have any thoughts similar to what I listed above…I invite you to read Brother Perkins’ talk.
From the October 1992 General Conference session
Another amazing talk! Brother Caldwell discusses the phrase, ‘love of Christ’, and shares 3 meanings of the phrase.
If we must have charity, then we must know what it is. The phrase “love of Christ” might have meaning in three dimensions:
Love for Christ
Love from Christ
Love like Christ
We are possessors of charity when it is a part of our nature. People who have charity have a love for the Savior, have received of his love, and love others as he does.
From the October 2007 General Conference session
Joseph B Wirthlin teaches us about the importance of serving and loving others. I saved so many wonderful quotes from this talk.
Another wonderful quote from Elder Wirthlin’s talk:
Oh, it is wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father loves us—even with all our flaws! His love is such that even should we give up on ourselves, He never will.
Definitely give this one a read. 🙂
From the April 1982 General Conference Session
Even 34 years ago the Prophets and Apostles were talking about how marriage and families are in danger. We can learn much from past talks, even those that seem so long ago. Brother Busche’s talk is filled with important teachings and truths for parents and spouses.
The only way that we will not be suffering from the hardness of our hearts, as Christ explains, is to build within ourselves that power of love, literally asking our Heavenly Father for this gift of love—and becoming a Saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord and becoming as a child in humility, that we can be filled with this unconditional love, and in this love, being in the Spirit and with this Spirit, being directed in all the challenges of our lives.
From the October 1975 General Conference Session
Marvin J Ashton began his talk with this great little story:
A friend of mine recently shared what he considered to be a choice learning experience. It was provided by his young son. Upon returning home from his day’s work, this father greeted his boy with a pat on the head and said, “Son, I want you to know I love you.”
The son responded with, “Oh Dad, I don’t want you to love me, I want you to play football with me.” Here was a boy conveying a much-needed message.
The world is filled with too many of us who are inclined to indicate our love with an announcement or declaration.
How many of us indicate our love with words rather than actions? To truly show our love for others we must ‘take time’ to show that love. What can you do for someone to express your love for them?
From the April 1977 General Conference Session
Another great talk on taking the time to SHOW our love for others, especially those we love. A quote that I wrote down from this talk that I’m sure every parent has trouble with…
May I suggest that parents’ teachings will be listened to more intently and be more closely heeded if they are preceded by and woven together with that golden fiber of love. If our words are to be remembered they must be accompanied and followed by considerate, thoughtful actions that cannot be forgotten.
Something I work on every day. 🙂
From the April 2003 General Conference Session
David E Sorensen began his talk by sharing a devastating story of two farmers that wouldn’t forgive one another.
Forgiveness means that problems of the past no longer dictate our destinies, and we can focus on the future with God’s love in our hearts.
Another great talk!
From the October 2003 General Conference Session
Oh how I loved this talk! Such great advice and important truths that we need to focus on each and every day. Here are a couple quotes that I really enjoyed from her talk:
We cannot allow ourselves to feel inadequate by focusing on who we aren’t instead of on who we are! We are all sisters in Relief Society. We simply cannot criticize, gossip, or judge and keep the pure love of Christ.
And this one! What a better world we would live in if we only loved each other better. Begin by doing this in your homes or in your Ward, and see the difference it makes.
I invite you to not only love each other more but love each other better. As we do this we will come to know with a surety that “charity never faileth.”
From the April 2012 General Conference session
I had to include a talk from President Uchtdorf! And this one I’m sure you have all heard and remember because of this particular quote:
Something we all need to remember, right? But another quote that I loved from his talk was this one:
“The more we allow the love of God to govern our minds and emotions—the more we allow our love for our Heavenly Father to swell within our hearts—the easier it is to love others with the pure love of Christ.”
From the April 2014 General Conference Session
And of course…I had to include a talk from our beloved Prophet, President Thomas S Monson. I sure do love this man. 🙂
I noticed that several of these talks that I have listed today shared this scripture:
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Matthew records that Jesus responded:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
“This is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Mark concludes the account with the Savior’s statement: “There is none other commandment greater than these.”
President Monson also shared this wonderful scripture, and then he said this:
“We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey. Likewise, we cannot fully love our fellowmen if we do not love God, the Father of us all.”
He shares stories of loving others and loving those within the walls of our own home. He shared these questions from President Hinckley concerning being harsh to the ones we love most:
“‘Why is it that the [ones] we love [most] become so frequently the targets of our harsh words? Why is it that [we] sometimes speak as if with daggers that cut to the quick?’ The answers to these questions may be different for each of us, and yet the bottom line is that the reasons do not matter. If we would keep the commandment to love one another, we must treat each other with kindness and respect.”
And he ends with this challenge to all of us:
“May we begin now, this very day, to express love to all of God’s children, whether they be our family members, our friends, mere acquaintances, or total strangers. As we arise each morning, let us determine to respond with love and kindness to whatever might come our way.”
I challenge you today to read some of the talks I have listed today. Take notes on things you could improve on, and then make a conscious effort to do better, and to show love to those around you. Will you join me in this challenge? We have a little over 2 weeks until March, make this your goal for February. But don’t end there, keep it going through each of the following months.
I also created some ‘LDS Talk Study Sheets’ to help you take notes while you read the talks I shared with you today. Here is a peek at what it looks like!
I hope you enjoy my post today, and take the time to study some OR all of the talks I shared. I would love to hear your thoughts or favorites.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day.