There was an anthropologist who spent some time in Africa studying habits and culture. On his last day there, he filled a basket with fruit and put a bow on it.
He then gathered a group of children. He drew a line in the dirt for them to get behind. He told them they were going to have a race to the tree. The first person to get there would get the basket of fruit.
When he said “go!” something surprising happened. All the children held hands and ran together to the basket.
Then, they sat down in a circle to enjoy the fruit together.
When the anthropologist asked them why they gave up the chance to win all the fruit for themselves, a young girl answered,
“How can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”
In D&C 82:19 it states, “Every man seeking the interest of his neighbor, and doing all things with an eye single to the glory of God.”
The glory of God is the immortality and eternal life of man. So, when our eye is single on lifting others, our eye is single to the glory of God.
Each chapter studied this week had a different focus—one a calling to a specific office, another about establishing a firm to govern the church’s mercantile and publishing efforts, and the third on how to aid widows.
And yet, in each situation; the Lord advice is the same: look outward and serve (81:4-5, 82:19, and 83:6).
So probably, in the situation we find ourselves in, the Lord will have similar advice.
Look outward and serve.
Because truly, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?
“To find real happiness, we must seek for it in a focus outside of ourselves.” (Thomas S. Monson)