Love at Home—Counsel from Our Prophet
August 2011

“Love at Home—Counsel from Our Prophet,” Liahona, Aug. 2011, 4–6

First Presidency Message

Love at Home

Counsel from Our Prophet

President Thomas S. Monson

Blessed Family Life

“When we have sampled much and have wandered far and have seen how fleeting and sometimes superficial a lot of the world is, our gratitude grows for the privilege of being part of something we can count on—home and family and the loyalty of loved ones. We come to know what it means to be bound together by duty, by respect, by belonging. We learn that nothing can fully take the place of the blessed relationship of family life.”1

Sharing Our Love

“Give your child a compliment and a hug; say, ‘I love you’ more; always express your thanks. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved. Friends move away, children grow up, loved ones pass on. It’s so easy to take others for granted, until that day when they’re gone from our lives and we are left with feelings of ‘what if’ and ‘if only.’ …

“Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey and share our love with friends and family. One day, each of us will run out of tomorrows. Let us not put off what is most important.”2

Showing Our Love

“Brethren, let’s treat our wives with dignity and with respect. They’re our eternal companions. Sisters, honor your husbands. They need to hear a good word. They need a friendly smile. They need a warm expression of true love. …

“To you who are parents, I say, show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well. They are so precious. Let them know. Call upon our Heavenly Father for help as you care for their needs each day and as you deal with the challenges which inevitably come with parenthood. You need more than your own wisdom in rearing them.”3

Expressing Our Love

“To you parents, express your love to your children. Pray for them that they may be able to withstand the evils of the world. Pray that they may grow in faith and testimony. Pray that they may pursue lives of goodness and of service to others.

“Children, let your parents know you love them. Let them know how much you appreciate all they have done and continue to do for you.”4

What Is Most Important

“What is most important almost always involves the people around us. Often we assume that they must know how much we love them. But we should never assume; we should let them know. Wrote William Shakespeare, ‘They do not love that do not show their love.’ We will never regret the kind words spoken or the affection shown. Rather, our regrets will come if such things are omitted from our relationships with those who mean the most to us.”5

Bringing Heaven Closer

“May our families and homes be filled with love: love of each other, love of the gospel, love of our fellowman, and love of our Savior. As a result, heaven will be a little closer here on earth.

“May we make of our homes sanctuaries to which our family members will ever want to return.”6

A Prayer for Families

“Inasmuch as the family unit is under attack in the world today, and many things long held sacred are ridiculed, we ask Thee, our Father, to make us equal to the challenges we face, that we may stand strong for truth and righteousness. May our homes be havens of peace, of love and of spirituality.”7


  1. “A Sanctuary from the World,” Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting, Feb. 9, 2008, 29.

  2. “Joy in the Journey” (Brigham Young University Women’s Conference, May 2, 2008), http://ce.byu.edu/cw/womensconference/archive/transcripts.cfm. The statement “Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved” has been attributed to Barbara Johnson (see “Quotable Quotes,” Reader’s Digest, Jan. 1997, 161).

  3. “Abundantly Blessed,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2008, 112.

  4. “Until We Meet Again,” Liahona and Ensign, May 2009, 113.

  5. “Joy in the Journey” (Brigham Young University Women’s Conference, May 2, 2008, http://ce.byu.edu/cw/women’sconference/archive/transcripts.cfm.

  6. “A Sanctuary from the World,” 30–31.

  7. Dedicatory prayer for The Gila Valley Arizona Temple, May 23, 2010; in “The Gila Valley Arizona Temple: ‘Wilt Thou Hallow This House,’” Church News, May 29, 2010, 5.

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