How Do I Love Thee?

Elder Jeffrey R Holland


“I wish to speak to you this morning about Christ-like love, and what I think it can and should mean in your friendships, your dating in serious courtship, and ultimately in marriage.

I’ve taken for a title this morning Mrs. Browning’s wonderful line, “How Do I Love Thee?” Not when do I love thee, nor where do I love thee, nor why do I love thee, nor why don’t you love me, but rather how. How do I demonstrate it? How do I reveal true love for you?

There are many qualities you’ll want to look for in a friend, or a serious date, to say nothing of a spouse and eternal companion. But surely among the very first, and most basic, of these qualities will be that of care and sensitivity. Think the best of each other, especially of those you say you love. Assume the good and doubt the bad.

The prophets tell us that true love beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
So Christ loved us. And that is how, 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 thee, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.’

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.”
~ Elder Jeffrey R Holland

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