In a social media post on Valentine’s Day, President Russell M. Nelson said to “find ways today to emulate the Savior by showing ‘lovingkindness’ to everyone around us.”
Recalling his pain and grief when his wife Dantzel suddenly passed away in 2005, just two days before Valentine’s Day, the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledged that for some, the holiday “can be a reminder that things haven’t worked out as they had hoped.”
He testified that “regardless of relationship status, there is one source to whom we can all turn to either enhance the love we feel for others or to mend our hearts when they feel broken — the Savior Jesus Christ.”
President Nelson married his wife Wendy Watson Nelson in April 2006. His full message reads:
Throughout the world, February 14 is celebrated as Valentine’s Day. For those with spouses or significant others, it can be a wonderful day to celebrate and renew the tender feelings that bind hearts together in love and affection. But for others, it can be a reminder that things haven’t worked out as they had hoped.
On February 12, 2005, just two days before Valentine’s Day, my beloved wife Dantzel suddenly passed away. That Valentine’s Day was absolutely painful, and the days and months that followed were the most difficult of my life. The silence was deafening, and it was a time of deep grief and loneliness for me.
Thankfully, Wendy Watson later came into my life. She agreed to marry me. She now fills my life with tremendous joy—and I hope I do the same for her!
Regardless of relationship status, there is one source to whom we can all turn to either enhance the love we feel for others or mend our hearts when they feel broken—the Savior Jesus Christ. His ministry, His teachings, and His selfless sacrifice were all born out of His infinite love and tremendous care for each one of us.
As we study the Old Testament this year, be on the lookout for a certain word that appears over 25 times. That word is “lovingkindness.” Whether we are married or single, let’s find ways today to show “lovingkindness” to everyone around us. Beyond chocolates or flowers, let’s give of our time, attention, and care to those who need it most.
May the Lord bless us as we try to emulate His love to others, today and always.
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