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Young Men Lesson 38: The Pure Love of Christ

Manual 3; Supplement from "The Love of God" by Dieter F. Uchtdorf

September 16, 2011

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Love is the measure of our faith, the inspiration for our obedience, and the true altitude of our discipleship.

Discussion Questions:
  • What are the different attributes of charity or the “pure love of Christ”? (See Moroni 7:45–48.)
  • Which of these attributes have you seen in the lives of others?
  • What attributes of charity are you developing or would you like to develop in your life?


Excerpt from "The Love of God" by Dieter F. Uchtdorf:

When asked to name the greatest commandment, He did not hesitate. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,” He said. “This is the first and great commandment.” 4 Coupled with the second great commandment—to love our neighbor as ourselves 5 —we have a compass that provides direction not only for our lives but also for the Lord’s Church on both sides of the veil.

Because love is the great commandment, it ought to be at the center of all and everything we do in our own family, in our Church callings, and in our livelihood. Love is the healing balm that repairs rifts in personal and family relationships. It is the bond that unites families, communities, and nations. Love is the power that initiates friendship, tolerance, civility, and respect. It is the source that overcomes divisiveness and hate. Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope. Love should be our walk and our talk.

When we truly understand what it means to love as Jesus Christ loves us, the confusion clears and our priorities align. Our walk as disciples of Christ becomes more joyful. Our lives take on new meaning. Our relationship with our Heavenly Father becomes more profound. Obedience becomes a joy rather than a burden.

*To read the full talk, click here.

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