#HowWeSeeIt is a photo series by Trevor Austin Photography (Instagram @trevs_lens) in which he allows an individual to answer any one or few questions he has posed about society, family, religion, and other important matters. This blog post contains four of my answers to the questions I chose, along with some closeups, where Trevor personifies the opinions and stances of mine as a color pop of my irises.
How has your perspective changed from when you were younger to when you were older? My perspective has changed immensely from when I was younger to now. I am not proud to admit the fact that I used to be extremely selfish in all my views. I could care less what happened to strangers, friends, and even family members. All I cared about was myself and my own will. I perceived the world to be a place of hatred and simple-minded people who were just as selfish as me. Well, I am proud to mention that through the healing power of Christ’s atonement, I have a completely different perspective now, and it feels wonderful! I see so much beauty, love, and goodness all around. I am not wearing rose-colored glasses by any means, but what you look for you will find. As much ugliness that is out there, there is an equal or greater amount of beauty, for beauty is stronger. I am so grateful to have this new perspective, because I now can share the love with all of whom I come in contact with. What a wonderful thing a positive outlook on all of life’s treasures can have!
What does the “bigger picture” mean to you? What I think of when I hear “bigger picture” is more than the obvious – more than what is right in front of our noses. It is quite natural to only pay attention to that which is right in front of us at any given moment, but the natural man is an enemy to God, and thus an enemy to us. There is so much out there! Why focus on the minimal? There is a time and place to focus on what is right in front of us, but every day we should be expanding our understanding by reaching farther out and higher up. And as we do so, our capacity to learn, love, and grow will inflate exponentially!
How has being a parent changed the way you look at things? I marvel when I observe my daughter. I think “Wow, Christ has counseled me that I must become as she is now. I have such a long way to go.” When she wakes up from nap, and I go in her room to pull her out of bed, I feel her light. The moment I crack open that door and see her smiling face, there is an unexplainable energy emitting from her spirit that consumes me, and I wonder how the past hour or so could seem so bleak in comparison to that small moment. I also think “She is perfect. She is completely without sin of any kind. We were all such perfect beings at one point. How marvelous is God for creating such divinity!”
How did your mission enlarge your perspective on our mortal life? I am on my mission right now! I am on a mission until the day I die, then I will ask “Lord, my mortal mission is complete. How may I serve Thee now?” …Where do I begin? I am choked up just thinking about this question… I suppose all I can say is when you truly come to know the truth in the phrase “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” you want nothing more than to assist Him in bringing His children back.
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