Just let it drag her down a road she had not intended to go down and beat her up until she finally let go in divorce? Are any of you becoming desensitized to what matters most, which is what lasts the longest, and are you slowly going inactive because of the influences around you?Are any of you dating someone who can’t take you to the temple because you are confused about the real definition of love?We were touched by the dedication of Church members and the fearless commitment to service before self of our brave men and women in uniform.
I have affectionately named them “The Four Steps on the Stairway to Heaven.” The United States Declaration of Independence states that we “are endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This makes life sound like an exciting, fulfilling adventure that should be relatively easy, right?The Bible says, “God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him” (1 John ), which means that love is a commitment, not a way of feeling. Romance comes from a Greek word that means “erotic,” so I don’t even want to talk about that.However, I do want you to think differently about love.Uchtdorf’s reminder that we are more than just mortal beings living on a small planet for a short season (see “You Matter to Him,” Ensign, November 2011, 22).Through this experience I became an eyewitness to the words of Alma: “For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors” (Alma ).If I love you because you are beautiful, that is romance.But if you are beautiful because I love you, that is real love—it is a value-creating love that inspires you to be the best you can be.However, after only four years in the league, while at the top of his superstar career, he walked out of practice—quit—never to play again. He loved being a football player but he hated playing football. He loved the celebrity perks and fame and fortune that allowed him a successful life focused on a destination that’s impressive.But because his inner voice and true purpose were misaligned with who he was and what he did, he would never be able to enjoy a life of significance that focused on a journey that’s important. Will some of you graduate with a degree you want but, because in the real world there are no jobs in that field, never want what you get?It was a spiritual experience I wish each of you could have.For four hours I sat in the sounds of silence, looking at the breathtaking curvature of the earth, gazing into the endless blackness of space, pondering eternity, and reflecting on President Dieter F.