He First Loved Us

“He First Loved Us,” Liahona, Oct. 1996, 6

“He First Loved Us”

One night in family home evening, Papa handed Carol Ann a small card with a picture of Jesus and some words on it. “This is your very own scripture,” he explained. “It’s a verse in the Bible, and it says: ‘We love him, because he first loved us.’ Think and pray about the scripture, and try to ‘liken’ it to yourself, as Nephi told us to do when we read in the Book of Mormon this morning.”

On Tuesday, Carol Ann asked Mama to read her the scripture again and again. By lunchtime she had memorized it.

That afternoon, she sat on the front porch in the sun with a kitten on her lap. She gently stroked its fur, and it licked her fingers with a little pink tongue and purred happily.

The kitten loves me, thought Carol Ann. I loved the kitten first, and then the kitten loved me.

On Wednesday, Carol Ann picked up things in Patty’s room. Later Patty gave her a grateful hug.

On Thursday, she dusted all the model cars in Brent’s room, and Brent gave her a happy smile and said, “Thanks.”

On Saturday, Papa washed the car. Carol Ann dried the hubcaps with a soft cloth until they shone. “You are a good helper,” Papa said. “I see that you have been thinking about your scripture all week. You really love people, and they love you back.”

Carol Ann was happy when she went to bed that night. She looked again at the card with the picture of Jesus. She knew that he loved her and that she loved him.

Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki