Brigham Young University (BYU) is operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the “Mormon Church.” As part of their undergraduate coursework, BYU students take multiple semesters of spiritually uplifting, stimulating religion classes.

Here, in this column, students enrolled in scripture study classes have shared their thoughts, insights, and reflections on the New Testament and gospel of Jesus Christ in the form of letters to someone they know.  In publishing these, we fulfill their desire to witness to all of us of the relevance, power, and beauty of the New Testament, and God’s plan of happiness for each of us.  We invite you to take a look at their epiphanies and discoveries as they delve into the scriptures. Let us know how these may help you in your own life. Share them with a friend.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Letter to Van

Dear Van,

Jesus Christ MormonI know you have read the Bible many times and have marked this scripture over and over, but I read it the other day and it was an excellent reminder of the importance of how I should live and what I must do to become more like the Savior. The scripture is 1 Corinthians 13: 4–7 and it says, “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”

Christ was our perfect example in all things and practiced what He preached. There are so many stories in the scriptures of the Lord displaying these attributes in His life. He lived through the most extreme circumstances when it came to persecution and trials but He always showed unconditional love to all those around Him. I find this to be encouraging. If Christ can find a way to love those who persecuted Him, even those who crucified Him, than I can find a way to love those around me. Charity is the pure love that Christ had for everyone and as we try to live as this scripture describes, we will become more like Him and we will find the happiness we are searching for in this life. I hope you have an awesome week!


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