“Light Cleaveth unto Light”

Doctrine and Covenants 88:40

40 For intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom receiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; mercy hath compassion on mercy and claimeth her own; justice continueth its course and claimeth its own; judgment goeth before the face of him who sitteth upon the throne and governeth and executeth all things.

Elder L. Aldin Porter said:

“Many years ago while serving as a full-time missionary, I had the privilege of meeting Elder Bruce R. McConkie. He was a new General Authority and had come to tour our mission. My companion and I were assigned to drive him from Missoula to Butte, Montana. As we talked along the way, one of us asked him, ‘How can we know whom we should marry?’ To our surprise, his response was quick and certain.

“He asked us to turn to the 88th section of the Doctrine and Covenants, 40th verse . . .

“We showed some consternation. Elder McConkie explained to us that if we were men who loved the truth, we would be attracted to others who loved the truth. If we were men of virtue, we would attract others who were virtuous. If we loved light and justice and mercy, we would be attracted to a person who loved these qualities. He then said, ‘If you are men who love truth and virtue, go and find a young lady with these attributes, and then proceed to fall in love.'”

(“Becoming Men and Women of Truth and Virtue,” CES fireside for young adults, Sept. 13, 1998.)

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