In honor of Valentine’s Day, the following is a compilation of beloved general conference talks on love. There are fourteen listed here, but feel free to add your own favorites that teach about God’s love for us, our love for Him, and His children’s love for one another.
1. “Love—The Essence of the Gospel,” President Thomas S. Monson, Apr. 2014.
“Bernice left her own work and went to Arlene’s side, kindly giving her instruction and help. She stayed until Arlene gained confidence and was able to successfully complete the piece. Bernice then went back to her own machine, having missed the opportunity to complete as many pieces as she could have, had she not helped … Every day of our lives we are given opportunities to show love and kindness to those around us.”
2. “The Love of God,” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Oct. 2009.
“Because love is the great commandment, it ought to be at the center of all and everything we do in our own family, in our Church callings, and in our livelihood. Love is the healing balm that repairs rifts in personal and family relationships. It is the bond that unites families, communities, and nations. Love is the power that initiates friendship, tolerance, civility, and respect. It is the source that overcomes divisiveness and hate. Love is the fire that warms our lives with unparalleled joy and divine hope. Love should be our walk and our talk.”
3. “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments,” Elder Robert D. Hales, Apr. 2014.
“Because He obeyed, ‘every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess … that he is [our Savior].’ May we love Him so deeply and believe Him in faith so completely that we too obey, keep His commandments, and return to live with Him forever in the kingdom of our God.”
4. “I Know It. I Live It. I Love It.” Sister Ann M. Dibb, Oct. 2012.
“I have a testimony of our Heavenly Father’s great plan of eternal happiness. I know that He knows us and loves us. I know that He has prepared a prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, to encourage us and help guide us back to Him. I pray that each of us will put forth the effort to be able to confidently declare, ‘I’m a Mormon. I know it. I live it. I love it.’”
5. “Perfect Love Casteth Out Fear,” Elder L. Tom Perry, Oct. 2011.
“I promise you that if you will respond to the invitation to share your beliefs and feelings about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, a spirit of love and a spirit of courage will be your constant companion, for “perfect love casteth out fear.”
6. “You are my hands,” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Apr. 2010.
“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.”
7. “The Eternal Blessings of Marriage,” Elder Richard G. Scott, Apr. 2011.
“Pure love is an incomparable, potent power for good. Righteous love is the foundation of a successful marriage. It is the primary cause of contented, well-developed children.”
8. “The First Great Commandment,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Oct. 2012.
“My beloved brothers and sisters, I am not certain just what our experience will be on Judgment Day, but I will be very surprised if at some point in that conversation, God does not ask us exactly what Christ asked Peter: ‘Did you love me?’ I think He will want to know if in our very mortal, very inadequate, and sometimes childish grasp of things, did we at least understand one commandment, the first and greatest commandment of them all—‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind.’ And if at such a moment we can stammer out, ‘Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee,’ then He may remind us that the crowning characteristic of love is always loyalty.”
9. “The Power of God’s Love,” Elder John H Groberg, Oct. 2004.
“When filled with God’s love, we can do and see and understand things that we could not otherwise do or see or understand. Filled with His love, we can endure pain, quell fear, forgive freely, avoid contention, renew strength, and bless and help others in ways surprising even to us.”
10. “Choosing Charity: That Good Part,” Sister Bonnie D. Parkin, Oct. 2003.
“Do we judge one another? Do we criticize each other for individual choices, thinking we know better, when in fact we rarely understand another’s unique circumstance or individual inspiration? Have we ever said, ‘She works outside the home.’ Or, ‘Her son didn’t serve a mission.’ Or, ‘She’s too old for a calling.’ Or, ‘She can’t—she’s single.’ Such judgments, and so many others like them, rob us of the good part, that pure love of Christ.”
11. “The Purifying Power of Gethsemane,” Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Apr. 1985.
“We know that in some way, incomprehensible to us, His suffering satisfied the demands of justice, ransomed penitent souls from the pains and penalties of sin, and made mercy available to those who believe in His holy name.”
12. “Encircled In The Arms of His Love,” Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Oct. 2002.
“How can we know that God is aware of us and loves us? He tells us by the scriptures—likewise, by our honestly counting the blessings and bestowals of His grace in our lives. Most of all, He tells us by the still, small voice of the Spirit!”
13. “Sunday Will Come,” Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin, Oct. 2006.
“Each of us will have our own Fridays—those days when the universe itself seems shattered and the shards of our world lie littered about us in pieces. We all will experience those broken times when it seems we can never be put together again. We will all have our Fridays. But I testify to you in the name of the One who conquered death—Sunday will come. In the darkness of our sorrow, Sunday will come.”
14. “God is the Gardener,” Elder Hugh B. Brown, May 31, 1968.
“Now some of you as you go forward are going to meet with disappointment—perhaps many disappointments, some of them crucial. Sometimes you will wonder if God has forgotten you. Sometimes you may even wonder if He lives and where He has gone. But in these times when so many are saying God is dead and when so many are denying His existence, I think I could not leave with you a better message than this: God is aware of you individually. He knows who you are and what you are, and, furthermore, He knows what you are capable of becoming.”