Developing an ability to love is an important quality churches inspire for their congregations at all times of the year, not just on Valentine's Day.
Leaders of many faiths tell us it is through love that we encourage others and find happiness for ourselves.
The Rev. Gage Church, of Congregational United Church of Christ in Ogden, said he helps couples find love by reminding them that they are never in their relationships alone.
"Jesus said, 'I am with you always,' and no matter what happens in a relationship, God is with the couple," he said. "God fills the space between them, binding them together through any physical or emotional distance. Whatever they say or do to each other, they are doing through God, who magnifies their love."
"Love is patient, love is kind," reads I Corinthians 13:4-8 in the New Testament.
"It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
"It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
"But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away."
Jesus told those who listened to his teachings that love was the most important principle of all.
First, he commanded followers to love God.
Then, in Mark 12:31, he said to "Love your neighbor as yourself."
The secular world also has taught people to solve problems through love.
"This world of ours ... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect," said former president Dwight D. Eisenhower.
"Love is ultimately the only answer to mankind's problems," said civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
"Hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love. If you are seeking the highest good, I think you can find it through love."
And King had many other statements to inspire people to love.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that," he said. "Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
Also attributed to King is this:
"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
"There is some good in the worst of us, and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies."