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How Do I Love Thee?

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Elder Holland gives a powerful talk about how you can better show love for your friends, family, dates or spouse by following the example of Jesus Christ.

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    I wish to speak to you this morning about Christ-like love, and what I think it can and should mean in your friendships, your dating, in serious courtship, and ultimately in marriage. I've taken for a title this morning Mrs. Browning's wonderful line, "How Do I Love Thee?"

    Not when do I love thee, nor where do I love thee, nor why do I love thee, nor why don't you love me, but rather how. How do I demonstrate it? How do I reveal true love for you?

    There are many qualities you'll want to look for in a friend or a serious date, to say nothing of a spouse and eternal companion. But surely, among the very first and most basic of these qualities will be that of care and sensitivity.

    Think the best of each other, especially of those you say you love. Assume the good, and doubt the bad. The prophets tell us that true love beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

    So Christ loved us, and that is how he hoped we would love each other. In a final injunction to all his disciples for all time, he said, "A new commandment I give unto thee, that ye love one another as I have loved you."

    Jesus Christ, the light of the world, is the only lamp by which you can successfully see the path of love and happiness for you and for your sweetheart. How should I love thee as he does, for that way never faileth.

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