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12 Step Materials for the Latter-day Saint Community

In our sacramental prayers, we covenant to always remember God. (D&C 20:77, 79)

Some people think that to always remember our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ, they would have to go up on a mountaintop, like a guru or shaman. Or perhaps live a monkish life, spending every moment on their knees in contemplation of the Godhead.

They think that to remember Him in every thought, they would not have time for anything else in their life—no occupation, no family, no hobbies or other interests. They picture that loving Him purely with an eye single to His glory would crowd out all other love.

That is absolutely the opposite of what happens when we give ourselves up to truly loving Him with all our heart, might, mind and strength. What actually happens is a paradox, a lose-your-life-to-find-it contradiction.

When you give all your love—all of it—to Christ, what you receive in return from Him is all His love for you, and for others!!

But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. (Moroni 7:47)

Charity is the pure love of Christ. It is also a pure love for Christ. It is to love Him purely, wholly, totally, only, and without reservation. It is to love Him with complete abandon.

And in return, through the Gift of the Spirit (a gift the Spirit gives you), you receive the Lord’s own love and concern for yourself and for others. And as you pray, seeking His words of counsel, He will bless you with the best way to express His love to everyone you meet.

When you are filled with Christ’s charity, His love shines through your eyes, in your countenance. His tender mercies resound in your voice.

As people cross your life’s path, they feel His love from you. They seek you out because of this love. And then you are able to sing the song of redeeming love to them as you testify that any good they see in you is God’s goodness.

~Colleen H.

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