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Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, taught:
“What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? …
As we come to understand that Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd, our desire increases to follow His example and serve those in need. Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. … And I lay down my life for the sheep” (). Because of Christ’s Atonement, none of us will ever be so lost that we cannot find our way home (see ).
From the Scriptures
From Our History
Elizabeth Ann Whitney, who attended the first Relief Society meeting, said of her conversion in 1830: “As soon as I heard the Gospel as the Elders preached it, I knew it to be the voice of the Good Shepherd.” Elizabeth followed the voice of the Good Shepherd and was baptized and confirmed.
We too can hear the voice of the Good Shepherd and share His teachings with others. President Monson said, “We are the Lord’s hands here upon the earth, with the mandate to serve and to lift His children.”
Just as a shepherd seeks out a lost sheep, parents may seek after a child who has wandered. President James E. Faust (1920–2007), Second Counselor in the First Presidency, said: “To those brokenhearted parents who have been righteous, diligent, and prayerful in the teaching of their disobedient children, we say to you, the Good Shepherd is watching over them. God knows and understands your deep sorrow. There is hope.”
What Can I Do?
1. How does knowing that the Savior is the Good Shepherd bring peace into our lives?
2. How can I support parents whose children have wandered from living the gospel?
“Are We Up to Our Mission?”
The Savior had a divine mission
as we too came to earth with one
one of great worth to each of us
to our progenitors and posterity
seeking eternal life for all as one
as the Father and the Son are one
in purpose, thought and eternity
and as the Savior us commanded
that we too should all be as one
inheriting all the Father and Son
have for each of us to share
are we up to this mission today
being found in full obedience
in what we’ve been commanded
even as the Father/Son as one!
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