Thursday, January 19, 2017

Elder Neil L. Andersen on our growing perspective in life

Elder Neil L. Andersen (b. August 9, 1951) served as a Seventy beginning in 1993, and was called to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 2009.
"As you live righteously, you will find that during your lifetime your perspective will enlarge many, many times. Usually this shift in perspective is not a dramatic one that you can see from one day to the next, but over time the advances are significant.
"The most important perspective we want to gain was described beautifully by the Savior: 'And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent' (John 17:3)....
"As you can learn to see through the generations—by looking back and by looking forward—you will see more clearly who you are and what you must become. You will better see that your place in this vast, beautiful plan of happiness is no small place. And you will come to love the Savior and depend on Him—as His great gift to us makes this all possible. Your influence will continue generation after generation throughout all eternity."
- Neil L. Andersen, "Seeing Through the Generations," BYU Devotional, May 15, 2006
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Perspective is such a critical thing. It can influence all of our actions and reactions. It's not just what we see, but how we see, and how we interpret what we see, that make all the difference.

Elder Andersen suggests that through obedience and faithfulness, our spiritual perspective gradually increases in ways that make a profound difference for us:

The additional interesting thought is that our perspective should include both the past and the future. We should see and understand things as they were, and as they may become. That makes all the difference for things as they currently are! And it will enable us to better understand the role of the Savior, His eternal gift of Atonement, and our ongoing dependence on Him.

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