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“The eternal perspective of the gospel” by Rafael E. Pino

KATY BURTON | Scroll Photography

KATY BURTON | Scroll Photography

Elder Rafael E. Pino spoke in his native language, Spanish.

He spoke of the truth of Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness.

“Understanding the plan will help people keep the commandments, make better decisions and have the right motivation,” Elder Pino said.

He said perspective is the way we see things when we look at them from a certain distance, and it allows us to appreciate their true value.

“We do not have to concern ourselves with each of its parts separately, but rather to try to bring the entire picture into focus, keeping in mind what the final result will be,” Elder Pino said.

He said all the commandments are of eternal importance in the plan of happiness.

“Faith in Father’s plan gives us endurance even amid the wreckage of such proximate hopes,” Elder Pino said. “Hope keeps us ‘anxiously engaged’ in good causes even when these appear to be losing causes.”

He said not having or losing an eternal perspective can lead us to have an earthly perspective and to make decisions that are not in harmony with God.

He uses the example of Laman and Lemuel and Nephi, who suffered numerous afflictions but had very different attitudes about them.

“Those were two very different attitudes, even though the difficulties and afflictions they had faced were similar,” Elder Pino said.

He said the Lord knows what He wants to accomplish with each of us.

“He knows the kind of reform He wants to achieve in our lives, and we do not have the right to counsel Him,” Elder Pino said. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts.”​

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