The Purest Love

This past week I have begun to devote a lot of my efforts to my studies, this being composed of reading in a lot of gospel related sources. Something that has really stuck out to me the most has been the purest form of love, or otherwise known as the love of Christ. 

I guess you could say this all started with an invitation to write a poem about what the Savior means to me. I promise I'm working on it Sister Lay, it's just not there yet! I was looking for inspiration to write and I came across a talk my late stake president once gave. In his talk about Christ's atonement, my stake president bore testament of Christ's perfect love for us and his ability to heal. Though he may no longer be in this life, his teachings still live on within me. His testimony of Christ and the atonement took me back to when I was 14.

When I was 14, I was in a car headed to my high adventure trip with my stake president-- at this time he was a ward bishop. We had a long trip ahead of us, and instead of playing music, my stake president began to teach us small memorization games. One of these games centered on rhymes that help remember what the chapters of Moroni, in the Book of Mormon, focus on. Unfortunately I have not retained all of the rhymes, but the one that has stuck with me since that day has been Moroni 7. 

In this specific chapter, Moroni (a prophet) teaches about how we can all obtain eternal life. In verses 43, 45-47 Moroni teaches the following:

"And again, behold I say unto you that he cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart... wherefore he must needs have charity. And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth. Wherefore, cleave unto charity, which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail— 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 could have not worded it any better. Charity is the pure love of Christ. When pondering on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, it is notable how much of an outward focus he had. Christ was always among the broken hearted and ill, searching for ways to heal and help. I admire how true to his divine nature Christ always was, and is. 

Thinking about the profound love and service Christ always gave reminded me of my mother. I have been so blessed to have a mother who has been so loving, nurturing, patient, serviceable, faithful, and so much more. Though we may be an ocean away, the pure love she has for me is always felt. The same applies with us and our heavenly parents. I know God's love for all of his children is perfect, that is why Christ's love is able to be perfect too. 

As I have continued my service on my mission, I have seen how much love can change a person. I think it would have to be my favorite aspect of a mission. I came on a mission to serve my God, and it has been the most amazing experience discovering what it means to be his servant. 

Se que ya pasó el día de las madres, pero quiero desearte de nuevo feliz día de las madres mamá. Te quiero mucho. Gracias por todo. 

Con amor,

Hermana Quintana