Mormon president urges members to love others

President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints addresses the 184th Annual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Salt Lake City. More than 100,000 Latter-day Saints are expected in Salt Lake City this weekend for the church's biannual general conference. Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give carefully crafted speeches aimed at providing members with guidance and inspiration in five sessions that span Saturday and Sunday. They also make announcements about church statistics, new temples or initiatives. In addition to those filling up the 21,000-seat conference center during the sessions, thousands more listen or watch around the world in 95 languages on television, radio, satellite and Internet broadcasts. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church president Thomas Monson has urged members to follow Jesus Christ’s example by showing love toward others.

Monson also stressed the importance of forgiveness during a talk Sunday in Salt Lake City during the faith’s biannual general conference.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the 86-year-old Monson said love should be “the very heart of family life,” but often is not because of impatience and fighting.

He said “forgiveness should go hand in hand with love,” adding that “blame keeps wounds open” and “only forgiveness heals.”

Dieter Uchtdorf, Monson’s second counselor in the governing First Presidency, said gratitude is the solution to bitterness and sorrow.

The conference brings more than 100,000 Latter-day Saints to Salt Lake City to find out church news and soak up words of guidance and inspiration from the faith’s top leaders. Millions more watch worldwide.

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