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The 10 Best LDS Talks on Love

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Are you looking for LDS talks on love? Then look no further! Here are some great talks from LDS leaders that expound on the many different ways we can love and be loved. This includes the love we have for our families, the charity we strive to have for our neighbors, and ultimately the unconditional love God has for each and every one of us.

These talks are great tools for your personal study, lesson preparation, or church talks and presentations.

How Do I Love Thee? 

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland | February 2000

 

“True love blooms when we care more about another person than we care about ourselves. That is Christ’s great atoning example for us, and it ought to be more evident in the kindness we show, the respect we give, and the selflessness and courtesy we employ in our personal relationships.”

Starting off, we have one of the most tender talks connecting love, marriage, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Combining both lighthearted experiences and more serious discussions, Elder Holland talks about the true meaning of Christlike love and its significance in friendships, dating, courtship, and marriage.

Drawing from scripture, particularly the teachings of Mormon and Paul, Elder Holland emphasizes the qualities of pure love exemplified by Jesus Christ. He discusses the importance of kindness, selflessness, patience, and forgiveness in nurturing healthy relationships. He also addresses the need to trust and support one another, especially during challenging times, highlighting the enduring nature of true love and its ability to overcome trials.

Love Takes Time

Elder Marvin J. Ashton | October 1975


 

“True love is a process. True love requires personal action. Love must be continuing to be real. Love takes time. We must at regular and appropriate intervals speak and reassure others of our love and the long time it takes to prove it by our actions. Real love does take time.”

Elder Marvin J. Ashton underscores the importance of demonstrating love through actions rather than mere declarations. He emphasizes that true love is a process, requiring personal commitment and ongoing effort. Elder Ashton warns against mistaking expediency, infatuation, or empty words for genuine love, urging individuals to feed and keep one another through acts of kindness, support, and understanding.

Drawing from personal experiences and examples, he illustrates how consistent love, manifested through everyday actions, nourishes relationships and fosters growth. Elder Ashton encourages us to prioritize love as a continuous journey of caring and giving, both in earthly relationships and in their devotion to God.

The Love of God

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf | October 2009


 

“Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely.”

Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf testified throughout his talk that love is and should be the defining characteristic of followers of Jesus Christ. He encourages us to navigate life’s complexities by focusing on what truly matters: cultivating a deep and abiding love for our Heavenly Father and for one another.

He discusses how we can become true disciples of Jesus Christ, why we should love God, why God loves us, and how we can increase our love for God. He also helps us understand how we can feel God’s voice of love in our lives when we don’t feel close to Him. Love, ultimately, is the way of the disciple, Elder Uchtdorf teaches. 

Loving Others and Living with Differences

President Dallin H. Oaks | October 2014

 

“As difficult as it is to live in the turmoil surrounding us, our Savior’s command to love one another as He loves us is probably our greatest challenge. I pray that we may understand this and seek to live it in all of our relationships and activities.”

President Dallin H. Oaks focused his talk on how we can live peacefully with those who don’t share our values or beliefs. He first discusses the commandments of God to love others and to love our enemies—the foundational gospel truths that call on us to love. Then, he warns against contention and the ways in which we might struggle to extend grace to those who are different than us. 

While speaking of the need to love, President Oaks also talks about how we need to remain true to our own values while respecting others. By sharing both personal and practical experiences, he helps us navigate real life examples of loving those who choose to live differently than we do. 

The Eternal Blessings of Marriage

Elder Richard G. Scott | April 2011


 

“Jeanene’s kindness taught me so many valuable things. I was so immature, and she was so disciplined and so spiritual. Marriage provides an ideal setting for overcoming any tendency to be selfish or self-centered.”

There is arguably no other Apostle who spoke as tenderly on marriage than Elder Richard G. Scott. Through personal experiences with his beloved wife, Jeanene, Elder Scott illustrates the importance of selfless love, sacrifice, and devotion within marriage.

Elder Scott emphasizes the transformative power of expressing love and gratitude within marriage, sharing tender moments and lessons learned from his wife. This includes the death of his young son. He encourages couples to prioritize their relationships, nurture each other’s strengths, and cultivate an environment of love and kindness within the home.

Through heartfelt anecdotes and wise counsel, Elder Scott reminds us of the eternal significance of marriage and family bonds, reassuring us of the blessings that await those who remain faithful and steadfast in their commitments to one another and to God.

God’s Love: The Most Joyous to the Soul

Sister Susan H. Porter | October 2021

 

“God’s love is not found in the circumstances of our lives but in His presence in our lives. We know of His love when we receive strength beyond our own and when His Spirit brings peace, comfort, and direction.”

Sister Susan H. Porter shares the profound truth of God’s boundless love for each of us. Knowing and understanding this love transforms our perspective on ourselves, others, and the challenges we face. Drawing from the vision of the Tree of Life and the experiences of the prophet Nephi, Sister Porter emphasizes that God’s love is the guiding light that permeates all creation and motivates us to seek Him.

Through personal stories of individuals experiencing God’s love, Sister Porter illustrates how it can touch and change lives. From a family member reconnecting with his faith to a tender moment in Primary class, these examples demonstrate the transformative power of divine love. Sister Porter invites us to pray earnestly to receive God’s love and to emulate the Savior by loving and serving others. Ultimately, she reminds us that God’s love is ever-present, bringing strength, peace, and direction, and that by embracing it, we can become true followers of Jesus Christ.

Love—The Essence of the Gospel

President Thomas S. Monson | April 2014

 

“Love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our Exemplar. His life was a legacy of love. The sick He healed; the downtrodden He lifted; the sinner He saved. At the end the angry mob took His life. And yet there rings from Golgotha’s hill the words: ‘Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do’—a crowning expression in mortality of compassion and love.”

President Monson emphasizes that we cannot truly love God without loving our fellow beings, as all are children of our Heavenly Father. He illustrates this by recounting stories of compassion and kindness, demonstrating how love can transform lives and bring people closer to God.

Throughout his talk, President Monson emphasizes the importance of love in our daily interactions, both within our families and with others. He encourages us to show love through simple acts of kindness, understanding, forgiveness, and encouragement. President Monson reminds us that love should permeate every aspect of our lives, from our thoughts and words to our actions. By following the example of Jesus Christ and striving to love as He did, we can bring light and hope to those around us. 

The Power of God’s Love

Elder John H. Groberg | October 2004

 

“When filled with God’s love, we can do and see and understand things that we could not otherwise do or see or understand. Filled with His love, we can endure pain, quell fear, forgive freely, avoid contention, renew strength, and bless and help others in ways surprising even to us.”

Elder John H. Groberg delves into the profound nature of true love and its connection to our divine heritage as children of God. He explains that our capacity to love and be loved is innate, rooted in our premortal existence where we experienced the boundless love of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Elder Groberg emphasizes that true happiness can only be attained when we recognize and embrace God’s love, allowing it to fill our hearts.

Throughout his talk, Elder Groberg illustrates how obedience to God’s commandments and selfless service to others are essential in experiencing and sharing God’s love. He shares personal experiences, including his time as a missionary in a remote Pacific island and a harrowing encounter at sea, to underscore the transformative power of God’s love in overcoming challenges and adversity. Elder Groberg concludes by testifying of the reality of Jesus Christ’s love and the profound impact it can have on our lives, offering hope, strength, and the assurance of eternal blessings. 

Abiding in God and Repairing the Breach

Sister Neill F. Marriott | October 2017

 

“Perhaps our life in a loving premortal world set up our yearning for true, lasting love here on earth. We are divinely designed to give love and be loved, and the deepest love comes when we are one with God.” 

Sister Neill F. Marriott emphasizes the importance of deepening our relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. She testifies that our eternal connection with them is rooted in love, and by trusting and abiding in them, we can experience their blessings and guidance in our lives. Sister Marriott teaches that our ultimate purpose on earth is to learn and grow through our covenant relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, which provides us with knowledge, love, power, and capacity to serve.

Throughout her talk, Sister Marriott encourages us to prioritize what truly matters—our relationship with God and our willingness to obey His commandments. She emphasizes the transformative power of the Savior’s Atonement in cleansing us from sin and bridging the gap between us and God. Sister Marriott shares personal experiences and insights to illustrate how love, humility, and obedience enable us to repair relationships and draw closer to Heavenly Father. She concludes by affirming the eternal significance of our faithful relationship with God, stating that reunion with Him is the essence of lasting love and eternal purpose.

Hearts Knit Together

Elder Gary E. Stevenson | April 2021


 

“As you extend yourself with kindness, care, and compassion, I promise that you will lift up arms that hang down and will heal hearts.”

Elder Gary E. Stevenson begins his talk by sharing a compelling story about a scientific experiment involving rabbits that reveals the profound impact of kindness on health outcomes. Despite all rabbits receiving the same diet, those cared for by a loving researcher showed significantly better health. This experiment underscores the healing power of kindness—a principle rooted in gospel truths. Elder Stevenson said that kindness is a fundamental gospel principle that can heal hearts emotionally, spiritually, and even physically.

Drawing from the teachings of Jesus Christ, Elder Stevenson highlights the importance of love, kindness, and inclusion in our interactions with others. He encourages individuals of all ages to emulate Christlike behavior by showing compassion and respect, especially in the face of adversity. Through powerful examples, including the compassionate response of residents in Quincy, Illinois, during a time of crisis, Elder Stevenson demonstrates the transformative impact of extending kindness and love to those in need. Ultimately, he testifies of Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd who knows and cares for each of us, offering hope, healing, and restoration to all who seek Him.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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