“He Cast His Eyes Round About Again” – 3 Nephi 17:5

After teaching the people at the temple in Bountiful, the Savior “looked round again on the multitude.” He saw that they had reached their limit. They couldn’t process any more of His teachings at that time. Consequently, He instructed them to go home, ponder His words, and prepare for His return on the following day. But after giving those instructions, “He cast his eyes round about again on the multitude, and beheld they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon him as if they would ask him to tarry a little longer with them” (3 Nephi 17:5). Responding to what He saw, the Savior decided to stay a little longer.

Shortly after, the Savior encouraged the people to open their eyes and to see their own children in a way that they may not have seen them before. “Behold your little ones,” He said. “

And as they looked to behold…they saw the heavens open, and they saw angels descending out of heaven as it were in the midst of fire; and they came down and encircled those little ones about, and they were encircled about with fire; and the angels did minister unto them.

3 Nephi 17:24

Yesterday, Sister Michelle D. Craig taught us, “You…can pray for the Lord to open your eyes, to see things you would not normally see.” She quoted a portion of the following statement by columnist David Brooks:

Many of our society’s great problems flow from people not feeling seen and known: Blacks feeling that their daily experience is not understood by whites. Rural people not feeling seen by coastal elites. Depressed young people not feeling understood by anyone. People across the political divides getting angry with one another and feeling incomprehension. Employees feeling invisible at work. Husbands and wives living in broken marriages, realizing that the person who should know them best actually has no clue.

To me, the core democratic trait that we all have to get a little better at is the trait of seeing each other deeply and being deeply seen.

Finding the Road to Character,” Brigham Young University Forum, 22 October 2019

Commenting on this passage, Sister Craig said,

Jesus Christ sees people deeply. He sees individuals, their needs, and who they can become. Where others saw fishermen, sinners, or publicans, Jesus saw disciples…. Even in our busy lives, we can follow the example of Jesus and see individuals: their needs, their faith, their struggle, and who they can become.

Saturday Morning Session, General Conference, October 2020

Today, I will strive to develop the trait of seeing other people deeply. Just as the Savior “cast his eyes round about again,” I will pay attention to the people around me and ask God to open my eyes so that I can see them and understand them better.

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