‘His Yoke Is Easy and His Burden Is Light’ – Sister J. Anette Dennis
‘We are commanded to love others, not to judge them’
During the Sunday morning session of the general conference in October 2022, Sister J. Anette Dennis, the first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, spoke. She talked about how Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father both show love and concern for people. What she stated can be summed up as follows.
Many individuals have unseen pain or sorrows and are often judged on their outward appearance, adding to their burdens. The Savior has invited all to live “His way of love.”
“We are commanded to love others, not to judge them. Let’s lay down that heavy burden; it isn’t ours to carry. Instead, we can pick up the Savior’s yoke of love and compassion.”
The Lord nourishes those who struggle with love and kindness. Followers of Jesus Christ should do likewise.
By obeying Jesus Christ out of love for Him and Heavenly Father, “His love will flow through us and make all that He asks not only possible but eventually much easier and lighter and more joyful than we could ever imagine.”
When God’s children empathize with those who also experience challenges and imperfections, it can help them feel that they are not alone in their struggles. “Everyone needs to feel that they really do belong and are needed in the body of Christ.”
Remember that each person is a child of God who He loves.
“Are there people in your path who you have felt inclined to judge? If so, remember that these are valuable opportunities for us to practice loving as the Savior loves.”.
I believe the Savior is inviting us to live a higher, holier way — His way of love where all can feel they truly belong and are needed.
We are commanded to love others, not to judge them.
Everyone needs to feel that they really do belong and are needed in the body of Christ.