"The devil is mustering his forces to full strength to bring about discord, sin and sorrow among the human family," said Elder Milton R. Hunter of the First Council of the Seventy during the October 1971 general conference. "These calamities can be averted to the extent that people live the basic principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which is love.
"Christ declared that the second great commandment was to love our neighbor as ourselves. The Master Teacher knew that it is human nature for all people to be self-centered. Thus, to be a good Christian, we must love other people as much as we love ourselves. If we loved our neighbors as much as we love ourselves, all our dealings with them would be in kindness, charity and generosity. All our actions would be tempered by love."