I had the opportunity to spend 2 1/2 weeks in the Dominican Republic last month. It was amazing. I fell in love with the people there. The people there were so kind, loving and humble. Even though we spoke different languages, the Spirit was the same. We didn’t let language ever become a big barrier for us. We talked, laughed and became great friends.
When I got home I was thinking about this and came across a talk from President Uchtdorf:
He said, “Have you ever wondered what language we all spoke when we lived in the presence of God? I have strong suspicions that it was German, though I suppose no one knows for sure. But I do know that in our premortal life we learned firsthand, from the Father of our spirits, a universal language—one that has the power to overcome emotional, physical, and spiritual barriers.
That language is the pure love of Jesus Christ.
It is the most powerful language in the world.
The love of Christ is not a pretend love. It is not a greeting-card love. It is not the kind of love that is praised in popular music and movies.
This love brings about real change of character. It can penetrate hatred and dissolve envy. It can heal resentment and quench the fires of bitterness. It can work miracles.
On this trip I gained a really strong testimony that we are all God’s children, and I think that is why I love the people there so much. After I read President Uchtdorf’s words I knew the pure love of Christ was our common language and because we were all speaking it, we overcame the language barrier on my trip. And, as a result, I gained a love for the people I met that is stronger than I could have ever imagined.
One of my favorite scriptures is 1 Nephi 11:22-23. It says the love of God is most desirable above all things and the most joyous to the soul. As you feel and recognize God’s love in your life, you will realize that it really is the most desirable.
This is a picture of one a families with whom we shared Family Home Evening. I love this family. They didn’t speak English, and we only spoke a little bit of Spanish. One of the missionaries came with us to translate. We gave a lesson in Spanish and it was awesome. The spirit in their home was so strong. By the end of the night we were all laughing and playing games; we developed a strong bond.
We are on this earth to be happy. The members in the Dominican Republic are happy. They do not have much, but they don’t need much to be happy, and neither do we. Because the pure love of Christ is what brings true happiness and joy into our lives.