Love of Christ – Knowing It

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“I love the symbolism of women reaching out to touch the Savior. We long to be close to the Lord, for we know that He loves each of us and desires to encircle us ‘eternally in the arms of his love.’ ”

Anne C. Pingree, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
To Look, Reach, and Come unto Christ,” October 2006 General Conference

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“I would like to speak especially to the children around the world. I have met some of you here and some of you in places such as Africa, the Philippines, Korea, and most recently in Ukraine and Russia. I have visited you in Primaries and even in children’s hospitals. I hope you know how much you are loved by your family, your Primary teachers, and, most importantly, by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.”

Coleen K. Menlove, Primary General President
All Thy Children Shall Be Taught,” April 2005 General Conference

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“Relief Society women do seek to learn wisdom, but we place learning charity first. Charity develops in us as we see ourselves moving in our lives from a ‘what’s in it for me’ kind of love to the love of family and friends and, blessedly, beyond that to an awareness of our Lord’s unconditional love for us that tells us of our divine kinship with one another and with him. Such love, or charity, does not spring whole and steady in most lives, but it can come as we learn and grow and reach for ways to know God’s love.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Charity and Learning,” October 1994 General Conference

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“Through the years, my circumstances have changed. I was a single woman, then the wife of a nonmember, then a partner in a temple sealing, a mother, a mother-in-law and grandmother, and now a widow. I have known the Savior’s love in all of these circumstances. My own faith has been rewarded as I have felt the Savior’s presence and power in my home.”

Chieko N. Okazaki, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Strength in the Savior,” October 1993 General Conference

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“Christ taught clearly that regardless of our living conditions, or our marital status, or our gender, we may know his love. When he met the woman at the well, as he crossed Samaria on his way to Galilee, she couldn’t believe he spoke to her. She was a Samaritan—he was a Jew. Her awareness of their differences, no doubt the legacy of long tradition, complicated her understanding him. He engaged her in a thoughtful conversation, and she began to sense that this visit had meaning far beyond the importance of drinking from a well. The exchange itself freed her from the inhibitions she expressed when he first spoke to her. When he offered the living ‘water springing up into everlasting life,’ a new awareness came upon her, and she began to hear what he was teaching ‘in spirit and in truth.’

“Her hearing became her knowing, and her testimony brought other Samaritans to him.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Mission of Relief Society,” April 1992 General Conference

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“Christ taught clearly that regardless of our living conditions, or our marital status, or our gender, we may know his love. When he met the woman at the well, as he crossed Samaria on his way to Galilee, she couldn’t believe he spoke to her. She was a Samaritan—he was a Jew. Her awareness of their differences, no doubt the legacy of long tradition, complicated her understanding him. He engaged her in a thoughtful conversation, and she began to sense that this visit had meaning far beyond the importance of drinking from a well. The exchange itself freed her from the inhibitions she expressed when he first spoke to her. When he offered the living ‘water springing up into everlasting life,’ anew awareness came upon her, and she began to hear what he was teaching ‘in spirit and in truth.’
 
“Her hearing became her knowing, and her testimony brought other Samaritans to him.”
 
Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
The Mission of Relief Society,” April 1992 General Conference

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