Dinner Topics for Valentine Day
But charity is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him. (Moroni 7:47)
On his way to Padan-aram, where Rachel lived, Jacob had a dream about a ladder which reached up to heaven. Each rung of that ladder represented covenants he needed to keep in order to reach the celestial realm. He was promised that he and all his seed would be blessed.
When he reached the well near Haran, he found a huge stone over the mouth of it. Three flocks were lying by it, waiting for the shepherds to unite their strength to push the stone out of the way. After the sheep were watered, they put the stone back over the well’s mouth.
Jacob inquired after his relatives, and the men of Haran pointed out Rachel, Jacob’s cousin, who was coming with her sheep to the well.
“It is too early in the day for the cattle to gather here,” he said to the men. “Why don’t you water her sheep now?”
“We can’t,” they replied, “until all the flocks are gathered together and they roll the stone from the well’s mouth. Then we can water the sheep.”
But when Jacob saw Rachel, he strode over, rolled the great stone himself, and watered her flocks. But that is not all. Jacob went on to serve seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the love he had to her.
Before Jacob met Rachel, he had learned from his dream that he wanted an eternal family. Rachel gave shape to that vision. When he saw Rachel, his love for her gave him the power to roll that stone away from the well all by himself. His understanding of God’s great love for him, together with his deep love for Rachel, made joyful a commitment which could otherwise have been unbearably long and trying. The seven years seemed like days to him.
Perhaps there is a heavy stone blocking the mouth of the well, and keeping us from drinking the living waters of the gospel. It might be fear, or discord. It might be unwillingness to sacrifice our time, or give of our substance. It might be apathy, in which perhaps we are wasting time waiting for someone else to move that stone.
A prophet of ancient Israel said, “Perfect love casteth out all fear.” Once we catch the immense vision of discipleship and service, then realizing that vision no longer seems hopeless or impossible to endure. It becomes a joy. It is love that helps us forgo our irritations with the defects in others. It is love that causes us to forget about ourselves and care about others. It is the power of love that heals relationships and softens hearts. Love gives us the power to do things which on the surface seem impossible or unbearable. It was because of love that Jesus Christ suffered the unbearable. It was this love that gave a compassionate Father the capacity to endure the anguish of permitting that infinite sacrifice— so that we could enter his presence someday, which would otherwise be impossible.
Dinner Talk Topic: This story illustrates perfect love.*Love, Charity
1. What stones are in our lives that we need to roll out of the way?
2. How can we get out of the Lord’s way?
3. How does getting thoroughly involved in the Lord’s work help us deal with adversities and stop dwelling on our own imperfections?
4. Jacob loved Rachel so much that he totally forgot himself. How does this compare to the pure love of Christ?
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