39 Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?
People are important. So often, we are so focused on inanimate things that we fail to notice the needs of the people around us. In its most dramatic form, we focus on impressing others with our possessions and fail to notice the needs of the poor among us. But this sin can manifest itself in smaller ways throughout our daily lives. Every time we focus on our own goals and challenges to the degree that we fail to notice the needs of the people around us, we fall into the same trap which Moroni warns about in the passage above: prioritizing “that which hath no life” over “the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and afflicted.”
As President Thomas S. Monson has taught:
Stresses in our lives come regardless of our circumstances. We must deal with them the best we can. But we should not let them get in the way of what is most important—and what is most important almost always involves the people around us….
Send that note to the friend you’ve been neglecting; give your child a hug; give your parents a hug; say “I love you” more; always express your thanks. Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved (“Finding Joy in the Journey,” General Conference, October 2008).
Today, I will prioritize people over things. I will notice when I become focused on solving problems, and I will ensure that I do not fail to pay attention to the needs of the people around me.