Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Just Two Rules

May 14, 2006
"Today in Young Women's, I realized there were only two qualities my husband has to have:  complete love for God, and complete love for me. Within these qualities is encompassed all that is important to me. Righteousness, loyalty, respect, and kindness, among many others, are included there."

That is an excerpt from a journal entry I wrote as a junior in high school. Meanwhile that future husband was nearing the end of his mission.

And you thought I looked young now.

Anyhow, yesterday I was thinking about all the rules we have,
and I realized that the same principle applies--
all rules trace back to love for God or love for others
or they probably shouldn't be rules.

We had our Family Home Evening lesson tonight based on this concept,
and Sam and I are trying to enforce rules while giving this framework.
("You can't throw that toy at your brother because it's not showing love to others.")

When my Young Women's leader posed the question
about qualities our future husband should possess,
the typical list of traits started going through my head,
and then I had that 'aha' moment when I realized everything I was listing
ultimately came down to charity.

I thought it was profound at the time,
but I've since realized that Christ gave us that instruction long ago,
written in Matthew 22:
"Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
Master, which is the great commandment in the law?
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
(emphasis added)

The Book of Mormon prophet Moroni later tells us:

Charity never faileth.
But Kaitlyn often faileth.
But knowing where our weaknesses are is the first step to overcoming them, right?

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