"When Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment to 'love one another; as I have loved you,' He gave to them the grand key to happiness in this life and glory in the next. Love is the greatest of all the commandments-all others hang upon it. It is our focus as followers of the living Christ. It is the one trait that, if developed, will most improve our lives" (Joseph B. Wirthlin, "The Great Commandment," Ensign, Nov. 2007, 28).
"On one occasion the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus by asking Him a seemingly impossible question: 'Master,' they asked, 'which is the great commandment in the law?' . . . He replied: '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' (Matthew 22:36-40). Since that day, this inspired pronouncement has been repeated through many generations. Now, for us, the measure of our love is the measure of the greatness of our souls . . . Love is the beginning, the middle, and the end of the pathway of discipleship. It comforts, counsels, cures, and consoles . . .
"For me, the Prophet Joseph Smith has always exemplified the pure love of Christ. Many asked why he gained so many followers and retained them. His answer: 'It is because I possess the principle of love' . . .
"When we love the Lord, obedience ceases to be a burden. Obedience becomes a delight. When we love the Lord, we seek less for things that benefit us and turn our hearts toward things that will bless and uplift others . . .
"True love requires action. We can speak of love all day long- we can write notes or poems that proclaim it, sing songs that praise it, and preach sermons that encourage it-but until we manifest that love in action, our words are nothing but 'sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal'" (1 Corinthians 13:1).
Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "You are My Hands" Ensign, May 2010, 68.