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Religious Education Student Symposium: 'The two great commandments'

As a child in the Church, Kaitlyn Sullivan was so worried she would forget to obey a commandment that she hung a typed copy of the Ten Commandments on her door lest she forget an important one.

Later, she came to realize that there is much more to living the gospel and becoming Christlike than just living the Ten Commandments.

A junior from Thousand Oaks, Calif., majoring in English, she delivered a paper at the Religious Studies Student Symposium on "The Two Great Commandments."

Kaitlyn Sullivan, a junior from California, delivers her paper on "loving the Lord and our fellowmen."
Kaitlyn Sullivan, a junior from California, delivers her paper on "loving the Lord and our fellowmen." Photo: Photo by R. Scott Lloyd

"I learned that Christ taught two particular commandments during His ministry on earth that seem to encompass most of what we need to do to be like Him," she said in the paper.

The two commandments, to love the Lord and to love one's fellowmen, are symbiotic, she said. "It is impossible to live the one without implementing the other. They are inseparable and perfectly complement each other."

Loving as Christ did incorporates replacing selfishness with humility, prayer, selfless service, focusing on the divine nature in others and following Him, she said. "I have learned that keeping commandments is very different than just being sure to remember each specific commandment; once we fully understand the commandments to love the Lord our God and to love our fellowmen, it is much simpler."

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