One would think this would be an obvious message in a so-called “Christian” nation—to be Christ-like. Unfortunately, hypocrisy reigns supreme and we too often are too often a people who talks of love and compassion but are all to reluctant to help the poor, the sick or otherwise disadvantaged folk—as Jesus did in his earthly ministry. And, he did not judge those who came to him for help as “those people.” We’ve heard this message from other church leaders. We wonder if it will resonate in a nation that would rather worship at the altar of political talk show “prophets” who talk of health in terms of profit rather that piety, than they would follow the example of Christ and serve rather than be served.
Mormon prophet Monson: Be like Christ, love others
General Conference » Uchtdorf urges Latter-day Saints to have a “thankful heart.”
By Lee Davidson | The Salt Lake Tribune
Showing love toward others is the essence of the gospel and follows Jesus Christ’s example, LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson said Sunday morning during the Utah-based faith’s 184th Annual General Conference.
“Beyond comprehension, my brothers and sisters, is the love of God for us,” Monson said. “Because of this love, he sent his son, who loved us enough to give his life for us that we might have eternal life. As we come to understand this incomparable gift, our hearts will be filled with love.”
Considered a “prophet, seer and revelator,” by millions of Mormons worldwide, the 86-year-old LDS leader urged church members to “begin now, this very day, to express love to all of God’s children, whether they be our family members, our friends, mere acquaintances, or total strangers.”
It was among many talks urging Latter-day Saints to follow God in sometimes difficult ways from being grateful in adversity to inviting others to listen to Mormon missionaries at least four times a year or simply trusting God when life is challenging.
“Love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our exemplar,” Monson told 20,000 people in the Conference Center in downtown Salt Lake City and millions more watching worldwide. “His life was a legacy of love. The sick he healed, the downtrodden he lifted, the sinner he saved,” and even forgave even those who crucified him.