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Where You Look Is Where You’ll Go

Setting our focus on our Savior and our eternal potential can give us the direction we need to help us navigate our lives.

Eat. Sleep. Work. Repeat. 


There are times when that is all my life feels like. I go to work, I go to class, I come home, and I go to sleep to do it again the next day. It becomes really easy to lose sight of where I am going and what I am doing every day to get there. I barely have the energy to think of tomorrow, let alone years in the future. This brings up the question: Is it really that helpful to look ahead to what’s before you?

In his October 2021 general conference address “Look down the Road,” Elder Alvin F. Meredith III tells about when he first learned to drive. After a few minutes behind the wheel, his father made him pull over. His father explained that he was swerving all over the road because he focused only on what was right in front of the car’s hood. “Look down the road,” his father said. “That will help you drive straight.” 

Tying this story to the gospel, Elder Meredith says, “Focusing on the things that are most important—especially those things ‘down the road,’ those eternal things—is a key to maneuvering through this life.” Focusing on our Savior Jesus Christ and the eternal promises God has given us are some of the most important things we can do as we navigate our life’s challenges.

Just like when driving a car, where we look in this life is where we will go. As we look to the Savior and his promises, we will eventually arrive at our destination. In the meantime, our Savior will give us the strength and the energy we need as we continue to live our lives day by day. 

Discover more about the power of an eternal perspective by reading Elder Alvin F. Meredith III’s general conference address “Look down the Road.”

Source: General Conference

—Abigail Ellis, Latter-day Saint Insights


Find more insights

Read more about the benefits of centering our lives on Jesus Christ in Sierra Smart’s Latter-day Saint Insights article “Find Rest in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

To learn more about how we can rely on our Savior, read Lydia Mercado’s Latter-day Saint Insights article “Trying: Improving Our Efforts by Taking the Name of Christ.”

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