I wrote yesterday about Korihor’s constricting worldview. His rejection of all knowledge that is not current and within our own experience led to very poor outcomes. Alma, in contrast, had a broad perspective. After asking Korihor what evidence he had that there is no God, Alma shared his own experience: “I have all things as a testimony that these things are true, and ye also have all things as a testimony unto you that they are true” (Alma 30:41).
When Korihor requested a sign, Alma pointed out several signs which were already available to him: the people he knew who were believers, the scriptures, and the majesty of nature. “All things denote there is a God,” he reiterated, “yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator” (Alma 30:44).
Korihor didn’t need more signs; he needed to open his eyes and recognize the signs which he already had.
Elder Gerrit W. Gong gained a greater appreciation for the world when he was invited by Richard G. Scott to try watercolor painting. He shared the following admonition from Elder Scott:
Attempt to be creative, even if the results are modest. … Creativity can engender a spirit of gratitude for life and for what the Lord has woven into your being. … If you choose wisely, it doesn’t have to absorb a lot of time. (Richard G. Scott, Finding Peace, Happiness, and Joy (2007), 162–63; quoted in Elder Richard G. Scott Art Exhibit: A Self-Guided Tour (pamphlet, 2010).
Elder Gong concluded, “There is joy in imagining, learning, doing worthwhile new things” (“Our Campfire of Faith,” General Conference, October 2018).
Today, I will open my eyes to the wonders around me. I will strive to be more observant, to appreciate God’s creations. I will also be open to new experiences and willing to try new things, recognizing that my awareness of the world around me is dependent on my willingness to engage with the world around me.