Love is …

These last few weeks have been a true testimony of what love truly means.

I have had the opportunity to go and visit my grandpa recently which has been a beautiful experience. He is in his 90’s and recently his health has declined quite a bit. I know this has been tough on him because he is a very independent and strong willed man. He is well educated and loves to be doing things. However, with age, some of those things are taken away.

“Our spouses are inspired to know how to help and comfort us, in the greatest way that we need them to, because that is the purpose of a companion: to be a helpmeet”

– Al & Ben Carraway

My parents and I went and visited him this past week when he was still in the hospital and it was a tender moment to see my grandma take care of him. To see her sitting by my grandpa’s side holding hands, or when she got up without him asking to cut his fruit so it would be easier to eat. Or how she blew him a kiss before she left the room to go home.

My grandma naturally took care of my grandpa out of pure love.

“Love is actively thinking about the other person. Love is doing things for them without being told to”

– Al & Ben Carraway

As we sat there visiting, my dad would lean over to me multiple times to remind me that this was true love. That this was something to look for in a spouse and someone I should strive to be.

“Real love is when you become selfless … You’re now a giver instead of a taker”

-Sylvester Stallone

My grandparents are just 2 of the many people I look up to and respect. My grandparents are amazing, virtuous, wholesome, educated, christlike, and loving people. I have really come to appreciate them as I have gotten older.

I have also been able to see love these last few weeks as I have seen my dad and his siblings come together to take of my grandpa. It is a blessing to know that we have a family who loves and supports one another. Especially during difficult times.

“Our challenges will not always be removed, but we will always receive the strength and guidance to be able to handle what we are going through”

– Al & Ben Carraway

This is challenge for all of us. It means all of our lives are shifted a little. There will be good days and bad days.

But I have seen the Lord give us strength during this difficult time. I have seen my grandma stay by my grandpa’s side. I have seen my family come to make visits, bring food, stay the night, etc.

I have seen my Aunt stay countless nights, talk to doctors and nurses, take them to appointments, make schedules with the siblings, cook food, get things ready at home to make everything easier and more comfortable …

God has truly given her strength. And I would add guidance as well to know what to do as she councils with my grandparents and the siblings, and prays to Heavenly Father each night.

” … That ye love one another; as I have loved you … “

– John 13:34

We are asked to love one another as He has loved us. He loves us greatly. He has shown His love to us in countless ways. Ways that we may not even comprehend, understand, or even see.

But this week I have seen my family love as He would.

“May we ever watch over one another, assisting in times of need. Let us not be critical and judgmental but let us be tolerant, ever emulating the Savior’s example of loving-kindness”

– Thomas S. Monson

I know that this is something I need to work on.

As I have been reflecting on my life and my service to others, I know that having love for others is something I need to build on and expand.

I know that I am often quick to judge or think selfish thoughts.

But after these last few weeks of pondering, and some new changes, I want to make this my goal.

To be better at loving and serving others around me.

To be slow to judge and show love.

“Love is the greatest power and will have the most powerful influence”

– Elaine S. Dalton

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