With Valentine’s Day being on a Sunday this year, maybe we can take a different approach. What about a Valentine’s Day Challenge to Love One Another?
Over on the LDS.org’s blog there is a post suggesting a Love One Another—14-Day Challenge. I went Home Teaching today and challenged one of the families to participate. (Yes, I waited until the last day of the month) I make the same challenge to you, and the same challenge to myself. It is my Valentine’s Day Challenge to Love One Another.
There seems to be a commercialization of love with the pressure to spend money on fruit filled chocolates, soon to be dead flowers, and a card someone was certainly over paid to write. When we need ideas on how to show our love on Valentine’s Day, we should listen to Thomas S. Monson who said, “Love is the very essence of the gospel, and Jesus Christ is our Exemplar.”
The purpose of this effort is to “focus on the essence of the gospel and ensure that ‘love is the air.'” This Valentine’s Day Challenge to Love One Another focuses on one way we show charity towards our brothers and sister every day. Join me as I share my experiences in making this Valentine’s Day not just about romantic love, but Christlike love. Use the hashtag #LoveOneAnother and fill social media with messages of patience, kindness, empathy, mercy, and gratitude.
I’ll be sharing along on Facebook and Instagram. I also just feel obligated to say, like in my previous effort to share My Gift to Christ, this is not about bragging about how awesome I am. My hope is to bless others and that some will see what we are doing and seek to join in the love.
You can see each of my efforts in my Valentine’s Day Challenge to Love One Another below.