They Shall See Eye to Eye – 3 Nephi 16:18-20

18 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing, for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
19 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
20 The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God.
(3 Nephi 16:18-20, Isaiah 52:8-10, Mosiah 12:22-24, Mosiah 15:29-31)

During His visit to the American continent, the Savior taught the Nephites and the Lamanites about different groups of people who would receive the gospel: the inhabitants of Israel during His mortal ministry, these inhabitants of the American continent after His resurrection, one or more other groups of people in other parts of the world whom He was about to visit, and the Gentiles in the last days. As He introduced each new group of disciples, He emphasized that the gospel would bring those diverse groups of people together and unite them. (See 3 Nephi 16:3, 13.)

Now, he quotes a passage from Isaiah which describes the completion of that process. Isaiah tells us that the watchmen (who had been continually on alert, looking for danger) and the “waste places of Jerusalem” (people who had been oppressed and beaten down) would sing together joyfully “when the Lord shall bring again Zion.” He tells us that they will all “see eye to eye.”

As Elder W. Craig Zwick taught in our most recent general conference, we live together in unity when we learn to see one another as the Savior sees us:

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. The gospel net is filled with people in all their variety. 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….
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?
(“Lord, Wilt Thou Cause That My Eyes May Be Opened?” General Conference, October 2017)

Yesterday, my family and I had the opportunity to visit the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. One of the most striking things about that experience was to see young people from all over the world who have chosen to dedicate the next 18 to 24 months to serving the Lord and preaching His gospel, wherever He wants them to serve. They come from different backgrounds and cultures, but they are united in their desire to bring the blessings of the gospel to their brothers and sisters all over the world. To me,  it represented a microcosm of what is possible when people receive the gospel and learn to see one another as they really are.

Today, I will do what I can to help the Lord “bring again Zion.” I will appreciate the diversity in the people I interact with throughout the day. I will strive to see them as the Savior sees them and to treat them as He would treat them. I will remember that the gospel can help people from different backgrounds learn to “see eye to eye.”

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