Moika on a Monday! Surprise:)
Moika…. a day early…
I forgot to tell you all that we’re going to Interim this week so I’m writing a day early:) Surprise! This week was full of a lot of finding work, great street conversations, cheek kisses from Russian ladies, Sister Willoughby’s one month in country, sand castles, blueberry ice cream and chocolate, LOTS of baking, zone training…. annnnnnnd yep…. sadly there really wasn’t anything too thrilling this past week. Quite your average week… sorry for the lame email (this is what you get when you’re too busy to write in your journal and you forget what’s happened haha oops!!). All in all it was a great week, just having a hard time remembering it!
So instead I’ll share one of my new favorite scriptures. I’ve become more and more in love with the New Testament on my mission and have slowly been reading through it. In my studies this week I was directed back to Matthew 18 where I read…
11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
I’ve always really liked the beauty of this passage and the meaning behind it and how it teaches us not only of our importance but also of the role of the Savior and how he truly feels about us. But it wasn’t until recently that I noticed the scripture following which reads…
14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
Our Savior has done so much for us but it wouldn’t have been completed without the direction of a loving Heavenly Father, without the direction of a Dad who couldn’t bare the idea that one of His little ones would perish. A Dad who created a way for us to endure, find faith, become better, develop, have joy and eventually return back home to his loving arms. Someone who had to make the tough call, so that we could make it through all our tough calls in life with assurance, guidance, and confidence. I can truly say that the role that God takes in our lives is that of a Father. Luckily I have a great Father to base this knowledge off of, but regardless of the situation we come from there’s something so sincere and tender about being called on of His little ones. I know that he really does view us as such, as His.
So once again thank you for all of your examples and especially to my Dad for personally teaching me and showing me the kind of love that Heavenly Father has for me through his humble example!
Love you all! Hope Father’s Day was great and I can’t wait to see and hear about it all, sorry for not informing you about the change of P-day:) Have a beautiful week and enjoy that sunshine for me while I enjoy the liquid sunshine here!
P.S. If you’re looking for a good read… Here’s Uchtdorf’s talk from last general conference… probably one of my favorites and I love what he says about Christ as our Shepherd…
One of my favorite parts… well read the whole talk but this chunk is good too….
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
During the Savior’s ministry, the religious leaders of His day disapproved of Jesus spending time with people they had labeled“sinners.”
Perhaps to them it looked like He was tolerating or even condoning sinful behavior. Perhaps they believed that the best way to help sinners repent was by condemning, ridiculing, and shaming them.
When the Savior perceived what the Pharisees and scribes were thinking, He told a story:
“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?
“And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.”2
Over the centuries, this parable has traditionally been interpreted as acall to action for us to bring back the lost sheep and to reach out tot hose who are lost. While this is certainly appropriate and good, Iwonder if there is more to it.
Is it possible that Jesus’s purpose, first and foremost, was to teach about the work of the Good Shepherd?
Is it possible that He was testifying of God’s love for His wayward children?
Is it possible that the Savior’s message was that God is fully aware of those who are lost—and that He will find them, that He will reach out to them, and that He will rescue them?
If that is so, what must the sheep do to qualify for this divine help?
Does the sheep need to know how to use a complicated sextant to calculate its coordinates? Does it need to be able to use a GPS to define its position? Does it have to have the expertise to create an app that will call for help? Does the sheep need endorsements by a sponsor before the Good Shepherd will come to the rescue?
No. Certainly not! The sheep is worthy of divine rescue simply because it is loved by the Good Shepherd.
To me, the parable of the lost sheep is one of the most hopeful passages in all of scripture.
Our Savior, the Good Shepherd, knows and loves us. He knows and loves you.
He knows when you are lost, and He knows where you are. He knows your grief. Your silent pleadings. Your fears. Your tears.
It matters not how you became lost—whether because of your own poor choices or because of circumstances beyond your control.
What matters is that you are His child. And He loves you. He loves His children.
Because He loves you, He will find you. He will place you upon His shoulders, rejoicing. And when He brings you home, He will say to one and all, “Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.”3