15 But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.
Jesus cared for His loved ones. When He traveled to Judea to raise Lazarus from the dead, He first took the time to speak empathetically with Lazarus’s sisters, Mary and Martha. Then, when He saw their anguish, He wept, and the people around Him said, “Behold how He loved him” (John 11:36
). Jesus took the time to express His love and compassion toward Lazarus’s family even though within minutes that mourning would be turned to joy.
As King Benjamin teaches us in the passage above, we are also commanded to take care of the people closest to us. After explaining to the people how to sustain their conversion to the gospel over time and reminding them to avoid contention, he encourages them to also teach their children “to love one another and to serve one another.”
Thomas S. Monson taught this same principle:
Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances. We must deal with them the best we can. But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important—and what is most important almost always involves the people around us. Often we assume that they must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know. Wrote William Shakespeare, “They do not love that do not show their love.” We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us (“Finding Joy in the Journey,” General Conference, October 2008).
Today, I will follow the example of the Savior and the admonitions of King Benjamin and President Monson. I will express love for family members and friends in word and in deed. I will remember the importance of loving and serving others and will spend the day caring for my loved ones.
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