I’m Mormon.

This morning as I was getting ready for church, I was watching videos on the Mormon Channel. A video featuring the song Love At Home began playing. I listened to the words, ‘There is beauty all around when there’s love at home.’ For the first time in 35 years of hearing that song, I realized how powerful the message is. Love is the answer. Period.

God is Love. Jesus is Love. Charity. We are Love. Without Him, we don’t exist.

I use to hate this song. We had a lot of anger in our home. I would blame the church for setting up this impossible standard. I felt sorry for all of us who didn’t measure up. Now, I get it. The song isn’t a whipping stick. It’s a message of hope and truth.

We are love. At our very core, we are love. Whenever we move away from this truth in hate, jealousy, or anything other than love, our Spirit aches. If we blame others for our anger or pain, we further offend ourselves and there is no joy. We rob ourselves of joy. When we expect others to live up to our expectations to relieve us of pain, we rob ourselves of peace.  When we hate our neighbor, what do we expect to happen? Do we think somehow our angst will motivate them to change? The only thing that happens is we rob ourselves of peace.

The greatest commandment is to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. A commandment for our benefit.

Loving ourselves is often the hardest yet the absences of it is the root of most of our pain. I can’t write a book on loving yourself in this blog but I am encouraging you to seek with great diligence the truth behind why it’s valuable for you to love yourself.

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