The Hand of Fellowship

“The Hand of Fellowship,” Friend, Sept. 1990, inside front cover

The Hand of Fellowship

(Adapted from an October 1988 general conference address. See Ensign, November 1988, pages 28–30.)

Love one another; as I have loved you (John 13:34).

One day years ago when LeGrand Richards was the Presiding Bishop of the Church, he walked up Main Street with his father, who was the President of the Quorum of the Twelve. Bishop Richards tipped his hat and greeted everyone. Upon arrival at their destination, his father asked, “Son, do you know all those people?” Bishop Richards responded, “Yes, Daddy, I know them all—all but their names.”

We can share the love of Christ in simple acts. For example, the warmth of a radiant smile and friendly greeting can go far in making and keeping friends. Jesus said, “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.” (See John 13:34–35.)

I bear my testimony that “God is no respecter of persons” (see Acts 10:34); we should follow His example in all associations with our fellowmen. I testify that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior of all mankind. He loves all men and looks to each one of us to do the same.

Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett