The Meaning of Love in Mormonism

I had the pleasure of contributing as a Guest Voice on the Washington Post's On Faith blog once again. This time, I was able to have a little fun with the piece, while at the same time share some of the most cherished aspects of our Mormon faith, having to do with the meaning of love in Mormonism.  My job was to be an "explainer" for our faith, alongside those of other faiths on the subject of love in an article titled: A Mormon Guide to love.

Twilight author, Stephanie Meyer, captivates her audience by weaving one single concept throughout her entire series -- the quest for eternal love. As romantic and fantastical as this may be to read, for Meyer, a Mormon, it is more than just mere fantasy--it’s reality – minus, of course, all the vampire action.

To find out how I explained true eternal love to On Faith readers, less the vampires, click HERE.

After the article was published at On Faith, I had an unexpected surprise in finding that the Mormon Newsroom linked over to my article on the Washington Post!

In a Valentine’s Day commentary on the Washington Post’s “On Faith” forum, a Mormon in California notes that the eternal love of Christ is the “lens through which Mormons view their most personal relationships.”

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I loved spending time pondering and praying about how I could best explain, limited to 800 words, what love means to Mormons, to those not of our faith. And of course with it being Valentine's Day, I would focus on romantic love, or marriage, first, but also love in the larger context of the LDS faith. This exercise was such a beautiful experience and gave me such an appreciation for just how much the gospel of Jesus Christ, at its very center, influences every aspect of our lives -- as it should.

When we come to understand the phrase "true religion" its power must manifest itself in all things of a person's life to claim that it is so, if it is indeed authentic.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in my view, can justly proclaim that it is truth, evidenced by its fruit in the lives of its many members!

Kathryn Skaggs

Photo Credit: Mormon Newsroom

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  1. Kathryn, I really enjoyed your Washington Post article - thank you. It's incredibly refreshing to see articles published by people who actually live the faith and get it right. Keep up your good writing! And Happy post-Valentine's Day.

    1. Thank you. It's a true pleasure to be invited to contribute, by the Washington Post.

  2. Hi Kathryn,

    I read your article over at the Washington Post (they are the parent company of the company I work for so...thank you for keeping it going! :)

    I thought you did a great job of representing what love means and even had a little fun with it by alluding to some Saturday's Warrior themes Twighlight references.

    I've been blogging for a few years as well on the Mormon faith and it's great to see some of us getting our message out there to the masses. Keep up the great work!


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