When Elder Ronald A. Rasband spoke recently to a nationwide gathering of young people in Brazil, he concluded with a simple message: I love you. The Brethren love you. And, most importantly, Heavenly Father loves you.
Then the unexpected occurred.
“From far in the back, a youth held his hands up high and made the heart symbol,” he said. “So I gave the heart symbol back from the pulpit.”
That spontaneous communication of love between a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a Brazilian youth triggered an immediate and vast response. Thousands of young people, gathered in 92 locales to watch Elder Rasband’s November 15 remarks, lifted their hands and, in unison, formed the heart symbol.
“It was phenomenal what happened,” he told the Church News. “We all adopted the heart symbol that day as a symbol of unity and love for our Savior, Jesus Christ.”
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