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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Fill It With Love

It's difficult, becoming better. 
With all my flaws, sometimes it seems almost impossible. 
But with the shining example of a Loving Savior, I was able to learn a little about Love this week.

The following little story started my week off: 

"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."

Boy (3-4), father and grandfather playing football in field on sunny afternoon

Everyone feels loved in a different way, or in other words we all have a Love Language. (If you don't know what yours is here's the link

I may feel loved when others express words of affirmation, or hug me without a question, where as my best friend might feel loved when he spends time with people that love him. We're all so very different, and it's important to Love people in a way that they need. 

Christ said, "What manner of men ought ye to be? ...even as I am."
When I think of Love, I think of Christ. The service he gave, and the lives he touched. He knew just how to Love everyone.

I think of the Continuous Atonement, the purest act of true Love ever given. Christ gave the greatest gift, himself.

I've found that it feels wonderful to serve. To truly, selflessly love is what makes life worth it. 

This week I did more random acts of kindness than I can ever remember doing. I'm so glad I did. I was able to really feel the Love of the Savior for the people around me. 

(President Hinckley retold this story that his father told him)

Finally I want to touch on a subject that has been on my mind, and that was brought to my attention about two years ago by my wonderful former Bishop. 

I was taught by a man that said it much more eloquently that I ever can, but despite my tied tongue, I hope to portray one of the most important principles I ever learned, and this is it:

Fill Your Void With Love.

Fill it with family, and friends, and smiles.

Jesus said, "that whoso repenteth and is baptized in my name shall be filled"

We all have those places in our hearts that seem to be empty at times. Some strive to fill this empty space with expensive jewels, fancy cars, or big screen TV's.

Some fill their void with alcohol, drugs, or pornography..

But Christ said that if we repent,and are baptized, he'll fill that void for us. 


If you want to truly find happiness in this life. Fill that void with Love. At first, it will not be easy. But, I promise the first time you see a smile on someone's face, because of a random act of kindness that you partook in, you will feel it happen.

The happiness of childhood will return. Your heart will smile. 

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