I to be so thankful to be v you today at such a exorbitant University, also a disciple ready center! My thanks go out to chairman Tanner and Presidents council for asking me come speak. The subject of my talk this particular day is broadening your perspective.

To begin off with, you re welcome take out your cell phones. I’m not joking. Ns would favor to command an experiment before we dive into my talk. First, please send a text to who you have not communicated with in a while. Take it this time to send a short uplifting keep in mind via message to who you haven’t talked to or reached out to for a lengthy time. It can be as straightforward as a couple of emojis come convey your love or pleasure to another person, or a keep in mind to your little sister telling her to stay solid in the Gospel- the is precious it. Simply remember to save it short. Please do so now and I will do the same. Currently I’m going to ask you to placed your phones away for a while as we talk about the prominence of perspective.

We live in a day and also age where every little thing we carry out is in fast sound bites. We text rapid messages, sometimes even without words, using just emoji’s. Us scroll with You-Tube, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Marco-Polo and also hundreds of other apps or net sites. We have the right to flip through hundreds of networks on TV and also find nothing of interest. Together we do so, we’re make judgements in seconds about various shows. Start at a younger and also younger age, minds space being trained to review info quickly and also make instant judgement calls. Think around it: thumbs up, thumbs down, hearts, smiley face, frowny face.

How do we make such fast decisions together we room inundated with large quantities of information with a mere on slide of the thumb? we make judgements about what we check out or read based on our personal perspectives- whereby we come from, our life experiences, what we’ve learned and who we are. Ns submit to you, that every little thing you see, smell, hear, feeling or check out about, you do an instant judgement about:

Ugly, quite

Smart, Dumb

Cool, Lame

Amazing, Cringey

Fascinating, Boring

Tall, short

Hot, Cold

Tastes good, tastes poor

Smells good, smells dreadful

Today i would like to indicate some methods to expand your perspective as you go throughout life. You are not walking to protect against making quick judgements, yet with a more comprehensive perspective via additional information, you may judge differently or take time before judging things altogether.

First, every little thing you watch or read is not constantly true. A reality show on TV, is not constantly reality. Oftentimes the outcomes are scripted, and the actors moved towards a desired outcome via difficulties created by writers and also producers. As soon as you see, listen or read things in life, you re welcome be judgmental. Constantly find and also then judge the resource where the info is comes from. Be sure to referee the content- is that in harmony with your beliefs and your values? asking yourself just how you feel about the information and then determine what your perspective is.

Each one of us has a different perspective about life, marriage, faculty, BYU-Hawaii grounds, the Seasider Cafeteria, the Gospel and also millions of various other topics. This perspective has been emerged over years together we have actually watched events play out in former of our eyes. The word ‘perspective’ has a Latin root meaning " come look through" or "perceive," and also all the interpretations of perspective have actually something to execute with observing. If you observe the world from a child’s perspective, you view life in that is simplicity and wonder. V the eye of an orphan, that exact same simplicity may end up being quite complex. Through the eye of a member that the Church that Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints the view may be quite different from the of a practicing Catholic, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jew, or Atheist, and also that is simply fine. Your job, is to recognize the perspective of people approximately you, to understand them, to get knowledge of where they are coming from prior to you make any kind of judgement.

Let’s look in ~ a couple of pictures….

In this picture, do you check out an old lady through a shawl or perform you view a young lady looking away?

Can you view the human looking in ~ you or the human being playing a musical instrument?

Can you see the 2 ladies looking at each various other or just the one behind the candle? Is it a lady or a man?

This is the same snapshot I proved you in ~ first, however drawn differently. Now have the right to you view the young woman or old lady through the shawl or both?

What carry out these photos tell us? lock tell us that every one of you can see the same exact picture and have a very different perspective. Exactly how is the possible?

Let’s comment on one of my favorite story in the entire book of Mormon, it just so happens to incorporate two very different perspectives. That is the story of Moroni and Pahoran.

Now allow me summarize because that you the means I review this i of scripture. Moroni and also his men are out digging ditches, functioning from sunlight up to sunlight down come fortify the areas where they space staying. They room hot and sweaty, without wealth of food or clean water around. They room fighting on north stomachs, loosing hope in their cause. Moroni sends a couple of letters come Pahoran, the gist of i beg your pardon is: we space starving, us are obtaining our behinds kicked and also we require food and also water and much more supplies. No solution is received, time and also time again. Moroni and his lieutenants start grumbling and saying things choose “Pahoran doesn’t also care about us. I bet he and his guys are eating fresh fruit and also warm bread tonight and also sitting roughly telling stories and also jokes.”

Pahoran at the same time is fighting off an insurrection, no only can he not send food and also supplies, the is simply trying to save Zarahemla from gift taken over, therefore that as soon as Moroni comes residence there will be a house to come to. Pahoran falls short in his attempts to thwart the uprising and also loses the city of Zarahemla come the King-Men.

Ok, I created this from the peak of mine head before I checked out the bibles for the genuine story. Thus, what I simply told you to be my perspective about the perspective of Moroni and also Pahoran.

Here is what the bibles say…

Alma 59:3 the reads:

And it involved pass that he instantly sent one epistle come Pahoran, desiring the he should cause men to it is in gathered with each other to strengthen Helaman, or the militaries of Helaman, insomuch that he could with ease maintain that component of the land which he had been so miraculously prospered in regaining.

Verse 13 says:

And it pertained to pass the Moroni to be angry with the government, due to the fact that of your indifference worrying the freedom of their country.

Then in Alma 60:1-2 we find:

And it came to pass that he composed again to the branch of the land, who was Pahoran, and also these space the native which he wrote, saying: Behold, I direct mine epistle to Pahoran, in the city of Zarahemla, who is the chef judge and the branch over the land, and also to all those who have actually been liked by this people to govern and also manage the work of this war.

For behold, I have actually somewhat to say unto them by the method of condemnation; because that behold, ye yourselves know that ye have been appointed to gather with each other men, and also arm them v swords, and also with cimeters, and all manner of tools of battle of every kind, and also send forth versus the Lamanites, in whatsoever components they must come into our land.

Skipping to city 18 us read:

But why have to I say much worrying this matter? because that we know not however what ye yourselves are seeking because that authority. We understand not but what ye are likewise traitors to your country.

Ouch! at this point Moroni has just ripped into Pahoran. Walk Moroni have every one of the facts? Nope, that didn’t. His view told him the something was no right ago in Zarahemna and Pahoran to be to blame. How frequently do us jump to conclusions as soon as we don’t have all the information? there are great lessons to it is in learned from these passages that scripture. Let’s read on and also see exactly how Pahoran responds.

In Alma 61:1 that reads:

Behold, currently it involved pass that quickly after Moroni had actually sent his epistle unto the cook governor, he got an epistle from Pahoran, the chief governor. And these space the indigenous which he received:

OK, let’s just stop there for a minute. Moroni just sends this scathing keep in mind off come Pahoran and right after it is sent, he it s okay a letter from Pahoran. The letters have actually crossed in transit.

Verses 2 and also 3:

I, Pahoran, that am the chief branch of this land, perform send these words depend Moroni, the chef captain end the army. Behold, i say unto you, Moroni, the I execute not happiness in your great afflictions, yea, the grieves mine soul.

But behold, there space those that do delight in her afflictions, yea, insomuch the they have actually risen up in rebellion against me, and additionally those that my civilization who space freemen, yea, and also those who have risen up are exceedingly numerous.

Pahoran writes additional that that is no upset in ~ Moroni because that being upset v him, however he does rundown a method they can come together and take ago Zarahemla.

Pahoran’s view in the Epistle come Moroni teaches us that by broadening our perspective, in this situation Pahoran do the efforts to view the civilization through Moroni’s eyes, better understanding deserve to take place and be achieved.

Please save in psychic the information from previously that words ‘perspective’ has actually a Latin root definition "look through" or "perceive," and all the meanings of perspective have actually something to perform with looking.

I invested 15 year in this firm America prior to coming to work-related in church employment. Ns have functioned at or consulted for number of Fortune 500 companies such as: Microsoft, AT&T, Ford, Century Link, CBRE, Washington Mutual and others. What i have gained from these work-related experiences is a perspective of just how I check out the company world and how hands-on worker of Christ deserve to work in this world and be successful.

It is very possible for young aspiring students as yourselves to rise the corporate ladder, be successful in your places of employed or at house without being negative, unkind, petty, dishonest or any kind of other characteristics that are not pleasing depend God. It will not be easy but I send to girlfriend today, based ~ above my very own perspective, the was acquired through thousands of business interactions over my career; that obeying god’s laws and trying to remain on the straight and narrow route will allow you come have better success 보다 deviating far from the path.

Let me give you three examples from my work-related experience:

Example 1:

I was 34 years old and also had climbed the corporate ladder quickly through several companies. I had been recruited by a fortune 500 agency to it is in a senior Vice President with oversight of facilities management in 1,800 areas in every state in the U.S. And provide leadership because that 2,700 employees. I had actually meetings my second week of job-related that forced me to be flying on the firm jet v the senior Management team. We would be in a different state every day. Ns was so excited, I had actually never flown in a Leer jet before and also felt I had actually arrived in ~ the pinnacle of mine corporate career. Simply after we took off the very first day the president of the company came earlier to my seat and offered me something to drink. I told that water would certainly be good, thank you. That insisted that the plane’s bar had actually every drink I could ever think of, i told the no thanks and water would certainly be great. That left and also returned with two glasses that clear fluid and collection them at the table. Indigenous the exterior of the glass that looked favor water, however when I visited drink the I might smell alcohol. I asked the what that was, the told me come drink up, it was his version of purified water which was vodka. Ns told him ns appreciated him thinking of me, but that i did not drink alcohol. The then became furious and told me the he would be watching me and if at any kind of time i messed up, he would certainly be to buy me a one-way ticket (in coach) back to Denver, wherein I can pack mine bags. This was a tiny upsetting. I had actually just offered my house in Seattle and bought a new house in Denver wherein I had likewise relocated my household to, but I held my ground and felt right around what ns did. Every day and each trip got a little easier as the different Vice Presidents obtained to understand me and also by the end of the week together we got home late on a Friday night, this exact same President came approximately me after we acquired off the airplane and said, “You’re in.”

Yes, that was an excellent that ns didn’t drink, however what if you were sitting a few seats in front of me and also saw the President carry alcohol to my seat? would certainly you think i must have actually drank it since the President didn’t come ago to the front of the airplane with the glasses? Or would your view be far better informed like that of the human sitting alongside me who could hear and also see everything? We should be careful not to judge too quickly.

Example #2:

My family and I to be converted come the Church in Alabama when I was young. I attended Primary about a year before I came to be a deacon. We visited church occasionally until ns was a teacher, climate after the I dropped into in-activity. Household night, family members scripture reading, personal scripture reading, singing primary songs, to be all foreign to me, however not to few of my near LDS friends. Luckily, ns was able to get reactivated in the church my an elderly year the high school and also came come BYU. Being roughly so countless Mormon’s who prospered up in the church was strange to me in ~ times. At the end of the very first semester, I saw tithing settlement. ~ tithing settlement, I quit by mine FHE sister’s apartment to say, “Hi.” ns was attract shorts and also a T-shirt and also had simply come indigenous my very first ever tithing negotiation with the Bishop. When they discovered this out, they every laughed and said that my appearance was a “No no.” i should have been pull in Church clothes. Ns was therefore embarrassed. Up till that minute I had been so pleased v myself the I had actually attended my an initial tithing settlement. However, what others witnessed from their perspective, was an irreverent individual who saw his interview in shorts and also a T-shirt. Your perspective was correct, it to be not suitable dress, however their judgement to be not. The Bishop and the Lord had actually a different perspective, they to be glad ns was coming to church and also had gone to my an initial tithing settlement, regardless of my clothes.

Example #3:

As a young Elders Quorum president in a city just outside of Seattle, I uncovered myself spending most weekends relocating people- i’m sure few of you deserve to relate. One Thursday night I obtained a speak to from a sister in a town around an hour away. She said she to be moving right into our ward and needed help. I asked her for her brand-new address and told she to contact me when she arrived, and we would assist unload. Her voice then cracked a small and said that she had nobody to help move she from her current apartment. She stated she had referred to as the Elders Quorum chairman of her present ward and he stated they were too busy and she have to have dubbed sooner.

For a second, i was furious that another Elders Quorum President would certainly say this to someone in his ward. I asked whereby she lived exactly and also realized it was in an area with hundreds of apartments. I will never ever forget the feeling that come over me that aided me have a various perspective. In mine mind I could see an Elders Quorum President v a young family like mine, moving human being every weekend and also many weeknights that was totally at his wits end. Ns then told this sister the I would be at her apartment at 5:00 pm the following day v some young men and also we would move her to our city and into her brand-new apartment. Ns left work beforehand the next day to gain home, pick up the young men and get come the apartment whereby this lady lived. Upon my arrival, there to be no U-Haul truck, and also no desperate lady waiting to move. Us sat there for an hour, this is ago when anyone did not have cell phones. The young males with me stated we should go home, but I told lock we might not, the this sister really essential our help. I then told castle to jump in the car and we would certainly go find her. They laugh at me and asked, “How space we walking to discover her? friend don’t understand what she looks like and there room hundreds of human being on the streets.”

I believed to myself, they room right, this is crazy, yet I could not forget the prompting I had the night before. So off us went and drove come the nearest U-Haul store around 10 minute away. As soon as we acquired there, they to be closed. Us then started ago to the apartment wherein we to be to move this sister. As we to be driving we passed a mrs in an overcoat, walking slowly with her head down. Ns pulled over and also said, “Hi, ns Eric Conrad indigenous the North bend Elders Quorum, space you the sister that needs help moving?” She was! and she to be so excited. Ns asked she to hop in and we would take her home. Ns learned top top the drive home that ~ above her way to the U-haul store, her automobile broke down and also so she had actually walked every the way there only to uncover them closed. The Priests and I then had to obtain creative, but we did obtain this single sister moved into her brand-new apartment by 1:30 AM. In a case where ns had very first perceived a flaky lady who hadn’t planned out her life well- finished up teaching myself and the young males in my ward that the mr looks the end for all of His children and also we room His hands.

In closing, I desire you to do a judgement. Usage your distinctive perspective and also tell me what friend see as soon as you look in ~ this picture? it is mine wife, ours 7 kids and also 3 grandkids. I prefer to think the we room the an easy LDS version of a happy family.

Now ns going come ask friend to transition your perspective simply a bit with one much more photo.

What execute you see now? Yes, these space two separate gravestones. My surname is top top one and also Kami’s name on another. Both of our happily ever after spouses, the persons we are sealed to because that eternity, have actually passed away. Kami and I space newlyweds and probably have been married less than countless of you.

When friend look in ~ us, you may see a happy couple with 7 kids, 3 grandkids and life that has actually been close to perfect- the simple LDS version of a happy family, right? that may have been your perspective without the further depth that the 2nd photo. Our perspective is different having lived with some steep trials. We acknowledge that life isn’t always so perfect, or easy, yet we pick to save our perspective concentrated on the eternal together we strive for pleasure amidst the heartache. We additionally tend come think more about the pack others may be delivering that we have actually no idea about. What about you? How has actually your view changed?

Now, to circle back to the beginning of my talk. Please message your original human a follow up note. Space you now thinking around what has caused the lack of communication or the shift in your relationship? have the right to you reach the end to them through a brand-new deeper, focused perspective that ns hope you currently have? Tell castle something you feel. Something the the divine Ghost might be prompting you to share v them. Tell castle something from your perspective that they may not see, hear, feel or also know about how you are and also how girlfriend feel around them. Please perform so now.

Brothers and also Sisters, give thanks to you because that listening and being so attentive. I hope that in some way I’ve helped to expand or deepen her perspective towards life and your other men. Never ever forget that the hundreds of students, faculty and staff right here at BYU-H, have plenty of perspectives that they have gathered throughout your lives. Judge your actions fairly, if you feeling compelled to judge at all. Mental to do so through an open heart and also a expanded perspective so that all might be fine in the end.


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For the view we check out in the blink of one eye is not ever the totality story, and rarely records the broadest strokes the anyone’s existence.