On Facebook, President Eyring asked Latter-day Saints to strive to do two things today. The first was to do as the Savior did, while the second encompassed something much more difficult but even more important—to love as the Savior loved.
In a world with terrorist attacks, divisive politics, and attacks on our beliefs and our ability to practice those beliefs, it seems like love doesn't always belong. Sometimes we feel justified in adding to this contention around us because we feel we are standing for the values we believe in.
But in these moments, we forget that Jesus Christ taught, "contention is not of me, but is of the devil" (3 Nephi 11:7). We forget Jesus Christ comforted and healed sinners who lived their lives differently than Him. We forget that He loved the soldiers who oppressed Him, spit upon Him, and put Him to death.
That's why President Henry B. Eyring's recent message of peace and love is so refreshing and needed in our world at this time. I am so grateful we have prophets and apostles guiding us in this day and age as we come across new challenges and social struggles.
I hope you will go out today looking for opportunities to do as He did and to love as He loves. I can promise you the peace that you felt as a child will come to you often and it will linger with you.
The promise is true that He made to His disciples: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.”
None of us is perfect yet. But we can have frequent assurance that we are following along the way. He leads us, and He beckons for us to follow Him.