WHEN a mother passed away, she left to her children no fortune but a different heritage.

After the funeral, the family sorted through the meagre possessions the mother had left. Among them, they discovered a note and a key. The note instructed: “In the corner bedroom, in the bottom drawer of my dresser, is a tiny box. It contains the treasure of my heart. This key will open the box.”

The box was opened carefully. They found an individual photo of each child, with the child’s name and birth date.

Hearts were tender, voices soft, and eyes moist. Mother’s treasure was her eternal family.

Nowhere is that foundation of love needed more than in the home Jesus gave instruction: “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.”

If we keep that commandment, we treat others with compassion and respect, showing our love in day-to-day interactions. Love offers a kind word, a patient response, a selfless act, an understanding ear, a forgiving heart.

Love is the noblest attribute of the human soul. Love is the remedy for ailing families, ill communities, and sick nations. Love is a smile, a wave, a kind comment, and a compliment.

Husbands, treat your wives with dignity and appreciation. Wives treat your husbands with honour and encouragement.

Parents love your children. Pray for them, teach them. Children, love your parents. Show them respect, gratitude, and obedience.

Without the pure love of Christ, we are nothing.

Bishop Peter Robinson

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints