The Focus of Our Lives – Sunday, March 06, 2022

For two years, the pandemic has given us something this world has rarely faced—a common hardship. While everyone’s experience has been different, no person, no corner of the world, has been left untouched by this modern-day plague. The world feels different now; jobs and schools and so many other things have been forced to adapt. And yet, in the midst of all this change and instability, we’ve also rediscovered some things that never change—everlasting things that we value, now more than ever before.

For one, we have rediscovered the value of connection, of contact, and of love. We need each other. While video calls and online streaming are miraculous innovations, the pandemic has taught us that nothing can take the place of a face-to-face conversation with a dear friend or a warm hug from a family member. There’s just something irreplaceable about being together.

We have also rediscovered how much we need kindness, compassion, and patience. One sad consequence of so much social distancing is the distance it too often puts between hearts and minds. The result is that people are more likely to use sarcasm, anger, and criticism to express disagreement, especially online. At the same time, we’re more inspired than ever when someone resists those trends with kindness, gratitude, and respect. The power of kindness is never more apparent than when it takes us by surprise.

Of course, we’ve always known that closeness and kindness are important. These true principles have brought hope and joy to humanity during every trial and tragedy we’ve ever faced. But sometimes, in the midst of our troubles, we focus on the wrong things.

A beloved religious leader, Russell M. Nelson has said, “The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.”1 God doesn’t always spare us from difficult circumstances, but He does give us true principles to keep us focused. If we focus on our most treasured relationships, on connecting with people we love, we’ll find strength to endure. If we focus on helping and caring about others, we’ll find that our own problems become smaller. Most of all, if we focus on the Lord and His goodness, we’ll find joy. It has always been available—we just need to know where to look.
March 06, 2022
Broadcast Number 4,825

The Tabernacle Choir
Orchestra at Temple Square

Mack Wilberg

Andrew Ferguson

Lloyd Newell

Come, Ye Children of the Lord
Spanish melody; arr. Mack Wilberg

If the Savior Stood Beside Me
Sally DeFord; arr. Sam Cardon

Give Glory to His Honored Name
George Frideric Handel

For the Beauty of the Earth  
Conrad Kocher; arr. Mack Wilberg

Look to the Day
John Rutter

Press Forward, Saints
Vanja Y. Watkins; arr. Mack Wilberg