Unconditional love essential in dealing with family problems
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"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.
"Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that we may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure." (Moro. 7:47-48.)In his April 1982 general conference address, in which he spoke of the role of love in solving or preventing family problems, Elder F. Enzio Busche of the Seventy said:
"Our Heavenly Father wants us to fill ourselves with this love - this love which is without condition. Filled with this love, we are prepared to . . . take upon ourselves the cross of our daily lives and in humility learn to follow in His footsteps, according to the Savior's words found in Matthew, chapter 10:
" `He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.' (Verses 38-39.)
"A marriage that is built on this foundation of unconditional love in the covenant and oath of the eternal dimension does not know the two self-centered individuals living together as we often observe in today's society. In the marriage that is built on the cornerstone of unconditional love, which is the love of God, the idea of divorce is unthinkable. . . ."
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Information compiled by Gerry Avant
Sources: Studies in Scripture, Vol. 8: Alma 30 to Moroni, edited by Kent P. Jackson; April 1982 and October 1986 general conference reports.