The Parable of the Value of Love

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Come, Love, I Will Take You

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings and attributes lived - Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would soon sink so all constructed boats and left. Except for Love.

Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment when the island had almost sunk. Then Love decided to ask for help. Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat.

Love said, “Richness, can you take me with you?”

Richness answered, “No, I can't. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you.”

Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel, “Vanity, please help me!”

“I can't help you. Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat,” Vanity answered.

Sadness was close by so Love asked, “Sadness, let me go with you.”

“Oh ... Love. I am so sad that I need to be by myself!”

Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her.

Suddenly, there was someone who called, “Come, Love, I will take you.” Love didn't know who it was, but gladly accepted.

So blessed and overjoyed. Love even forgot to ask where they were going. When they arrived at dry land, the one who saved Love went their own way. Realizing how much was owed, Love asked Knowledge, “Who came and saved me from the island?”

“It was Time,” Knowledge answered.

“Time?“ asked Love. ”But why did Time help me?“

Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, “Because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is.”

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