Day of Love

For God so loVed the world
     That He gAve
             his onLy
                       That whosoever
      Believeth In Him
          Should Not perish,
      But have Everlasting life
                                            John 3:16

A year ago today the hubby (then the guy friend) asked me to be his Valentine… jokingly… at Mr. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not… with a ring pop… One year later I actually got to be his Valentine! Loved it! Which, by the way, what does that really mean to be someone’s Valentine… ?  

Anyway, Valentine’s Day was utterly perfect! The husband surprised me with breakfast in bed: a heart shaped omelet and heart shaped toast! Yes: heart shaped! Isn’t he sweet! I would have documented it, but it was too tasty.

I then had a very romantic…ok a very normal day at my internship. Still, one of my favorite Valentine’s Day experiences occured at my internship while making Valentines with a group of fourth through eighth graders. Initially the idea was for each of them to write Valentine poems to put on their Valentines. Bad idea. They were appalled. Thus I quickly changed the project to writing Valentines Raps. That they LOVED! Haha. Funny enough when they read their “raps” they still sounded like poems... Love!

From six to nine I worked on a group project for my Community Trauma and Social Work course discussing the earthquake in Haiti. It was a bit more somber of a topic. Still I was amazed in researching the catastrophic event how much love was demonstrated among the survivors and rescue workers in Haiti. It was the perfect reminder that as bad as things can get in this world there is still so much love to be found. The love conveyed and shared in Haiti is evidence of that. There are stories of those who lost everything—their houses, family members, friends, and loved ones—who selflessly turned and cared for others. There were the countless rescue workers who travelled from literally all ends of the world—sacrificing time, energy, and money—to offer aid. Others who stayed in their native countries too raised money, donated time, and pooled love. While there will always be those who criticize the execution of such responses, there is no doubt that love was more than prevalent throughout that experience.

Following my group meeting I returned home to a lovely spread of roses and a chocolate fondue dessert complete with marshmallows and strawberries. Divine! I have the best Valentine!

Oh yes—and please appreciate the annual FHE Valentine heart attack we did a few weeks back in which you write what you love about each person in the family (…seeing as there are only two of us we sort of expanded upon that a bit…)! 

While appreciating dessert, we also got to enjoy some candy Kisses and sweet Valentines sent to us from my family from when they did their Valentines FHE. Thanks guys! Love you! Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without this tradition.

Following dessert, Bryan shared some pieces of Elder Holland’s amazing speech How Do I Love Thee? for Family Home Evening. It is a beautiful talk and absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day. I highly encourage you to read this if you haven’t! He has such a way with words. One of my favorite parts:

In Mormon's and Paul's final witnesses, they declare that "charity [pure love] never faileth" (Moroni 7:46, 1 Corinthians 13:8). It is there through thick and thin. It endures through sunshine and shadow, through darkest sorrow and on into the light. It never fails. So Christ loved us, and that is how He hoped we would love each other. In a final injunction to all his disciples for all time, He said, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you" (John 13:34; emphasis added). Of course such Christlike staying power in romance and marriage requires more than any of us really have. It requires something more, an endowment from heaven. Remember Mormon's promise: that such love--the love we each yearn for and cling to--is "bestowed" upon "true followers of Christ." You want capability, safety, and security in dating and romance, in married life and eternity? Be a true disciple of Jesus. Be a genuine, committed, word-and-deed Latter-day Saint. Believe that your faith has everything to do with your romance, because it does. You separate dating from discipleship at your peril. Or, to phrase that more positively, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, is the only lamp by which you can successfully see the path of love and happiness for you and for your sweetheart. How should I love thee? As He does, for that way "never faileth."

Isn’t that beautiful? Love it!  Love love! Love my Valentine! Happy Day of Love!

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