High Prairie Branch,
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
I recently re-read a poem I first heard in my childhood entitled Which Loved Best? and written by Joy Allison. It frames my thoughts on showing love.
Which Love Best?
“I love you, mother,” said little John;
Then, forgetting his work, his cap went on,
And he was off to the garden swing,
Leaving his mother the wood to bring.
“I love you, mother,” said rosy Nell;
“I love you better than tongue can tell;”
Then she teased and pouted full half the day,
Till her mother rejoiced when she went to play.
“I love you, mother,” said little Fan;
“Today I’ll help you all I can;
How glad I am that school doesn’t keep!”
So she rocked the babe till it fell asleep.
Then, stepping softly, she fetched the broom,
And swept the floor, and dusted the room;
Busy and happy all day was she,
Helpful and happy as child could be.
“I love you, mother,” again they said,
Three little children going to bed;
How do you think that mother guessed
Which of them really loved her best?
The simplicity of these verses teaches an eternal truth: we love not by word, but by deed. This also applies to how we show our love for the Saviour. Christ Himself taught, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.” [John 13:34-35]
If we daily consider our actions, we may find we have room to improve how we show love for others, and in turn the Saviour. We can be a little more kind, a little more patient, a little less judgmental. We can help others when we see a need and treat others as the Saviour Himself would treat them. By this will they know they are loved.