- As we learn to become inheritors of all our Father has, the gospel mentors us to look beyond what we see. To look beyond what we see, we must look at others through the eyes of our Savior.
People come from varies places in their lives to worship at the feet of the Savior. If we assume that everyone is just like us or sees the world just like us, we will miss opportunities to reach those that are in need of help coming to the Savior.
- We can’t fully understand the choices and psychological backgrounds of people in our world, Church congregations, and even in our families, because we rarely have the whole picture of who they are. We must look past the easy assumptions and stereotypes and widen the tiny lens of our own experience.
Our life experiences shape the way we see the world. Elder Zwick is encouraging us to broaden our vision of how we see people. Try to look at others through the eyes of the Savior will help us look past our personal biases and start to understand where others are coming from.
- We often separate ourselves from others by the differences in what we see. We feel comfortable around those who think, talk, dress, and act like we do and uncomfortable with those who come from different circumstances or backgrounds. In reality, don’t we all come from different countries and speak different languages? Don’t we all see the world though the enormous limitations of our own life experience?
We should be careful to not embrace someone's ideals if they are not in line with the gospel teachings. We need to be loyal to the Savior and his teachings. But we should have a deeper level of acceptance as we focus on seeing the struggles of others the way the Savior sees them. Embracing someone does not mean we accept the way they see the world. Instead it means we seek to bring them additional light and knowledge that will help them find greater happiness in life.
- To accept and love others does not mean we must embrace their ideas. Obviously, truth mandates our highest allegiance, though it should never be a barrier to kindness. Truly loving others requires the ongoing practice of accepting the best efforts of people whose life experiences and limitations we may never fully know. Looking beyond what we can see requires conscious focus on the Savior.
Elder Zwick shares a story about a young man that had passed away after a tragic accident. The doctor returned the boys personal belongings to his family and shortly thereafter an alarm sounded on the boys cell phone. The alarm was titled “Remember to put Jesus Christ at the center of your life today.” He talked about spiritual alarms in our lives that should alert us and remind us occasionally to put the Savior at the center of our lives.
- As members of the Church, we have been gifted personal spiritual alarms that warn us when we are looking with only mortal eyes away from salvation. The sacrament is our weekly reminder to continually focus on Jesus Christ that we might always remember Him and that we might always have His Spirit to be with us. Yet we sometimes ignore these feelings of reminder and alarm. When we have Jesus Christ at the center of our lives, He will cause that our eyes may be opened to larger possibilities than we alone can comprehend.
Elder Zwick closes with his testimony that the Lord will assist us in the way we see others when we turn to him for deeper understanding.
- I witness that through the power of Jesus Christ, we become able to look spiritually beyond what we see literally. As we remember Him and have His Spirit with us, our eyes of understanding will be opened.
I share with my family often that we don't know what background people have and judging them through the eyes of our life does no good. We have each grown up with different circumstances and different struggles and throughout all those various experiences, we somehow meet others at the point of them coming to the feet of the Savior to worship Him. Sometimes we expect things to be simple and to fit into our vision of what others need to do to find happiness. But sometimes peoples circumstances don't allow for happiness in the way we think it should. We should remember that the Savior has a full understanding of what has led all His children to come unto Him and we should pray for deeper understanding and listen to the Spirit so we can assist the Savior in leading His children to greater happiness. I have a situation in my personal life that this message applies to directly and I realize that I have been encouraging happiness in a way that I would become happy and not recognizing that this family I am working with has circumstances that are very different from mine. I need to seek the guidance of the Spirit more to know what the Savior wants me to do to help them instead of imposing my own personal views. This talk really makes a difference in my personal life today and I appreciate the spiritual guidance I have learned by studying this morning.