That’s why I love Elder Andersen’s remarks. He did just that — adapt the proclamation on the family to those with “other circumstances,” particularly single adults. And he shows that adopting the eye of faith brings the truths of God more clearly into focus.
Gain a clearer perspective
As already stated, Elder Andersen begins with a cursory examination of truth. He reminds us that, although many in the world believe truth to be relative, some truths are absolute and eternal.
We can understand spiritual truths only through spiritual means. Thus, when we view those truths with the eye of the world, we won’t fully understand them. But viewing them with the eye of faith, we can behold the beautiful tapestry God has woven for His children.
Elder Andersen demonstrates this difference by sharing artwork comprised of blocks hanging from the ceiling. Seen from one perspective, the blocks appear scattered and chaotic. But change the perspective by seeing from a different vantage point, and the image of a human eye comes clearly into view.
Prophets help us gain such views. I love the words which Elder Andersen shared of our Prophet before he became the Prophet.
Fit yourself to truth
That vision doesn’t come to those who pick and choose what they’ll accept among God’s words. We need the perspective of the eye of faith to see more clearly and appreciate the absolute nature of some truths. Many of those truths are in God’s plan of happiness for His children. With that segue, Elder Andersen moves towards a particular part of that plan — truths in the proclamation on the family.
I still remember when Gordon B. Hinckley announced the proclamation during the General Relief Society meeting the weekend before Conference. I of course wasn’t in that meeting, but I was receptive to the proclamation first announced in that meeting. Upon reading it, I felt the proclamation was inspired of God.
That doesn’t mean it’s been easy to take the truths of that document into my life. Much of it speaks of a reality outside my situation then and currently. As such, I’ve always had to adjust my view to embrace the contents.
Elder Andersen acknowledges I’m not alone in that regard. Said he,
In addition, my heart went out to Elder Andersen’s single sister friend as he shared a brief portion of this sister’s experience:
I feel this sister’s pain, but I also rejoice she has learned some of the approaches I’ve been advocating in this forum for years.
Come to Christ
Elder Andersen concludes his address by acknowledging some may feel he doesn’t really understand them or their experience. He then says what I wish more leaders would say — “I may not.”
I love his admission of at least potential ignorance. I also love what he says next. Come to the Savior Who does understand and has provided the Atonement that can attend to all of your pain, sickness, yearning, and suffering.
Listen to the promise an Apostle of the Lord makes to those who will come completely to Christ.
Let us embrace the eye of faith. Doing so will open a greater understanding and appreciation of God’s spiritual truths to our view. We’ll also better see and appreciate the tender mercies which the Lord grants to each one of us everyday. And that will bring more joy in our journey.
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