I am the Good Shepherd
This episode covers John 7-10. It starts with the scripture, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” Once again the Savior is telling us to DO WHAT WE HEAR. How many times can we hear this without understanding the importance of applying the gospel and the principles we learn to our lives? DO IT!
I shared a story about paying my tithing when I was in college and how I immediately was blessed.
Then we go to John 8:2-11 about the woman taken in adultery. I talked a little bit about being “convicted by our own conscience” and how it would be nice if this happened to us a little more and we figuratively stopped throwing stones at other people and just worried about ourselves.
Then I shared a sweet story about my Grandma showing compassion in a hard situation and relating that to the love the Savior has for us and the love, compassion and lack of judgement we should have for each other.
I quoted the talk in the manual, “Our Good Shepherd” by Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He said, “Surely, the Savior did not condone adultery. But He also did not condemn the woman. He encouraged her to reform her life. She was motivated to change because of His compassion and mercy.”
Later in the talk he said, “As His disciples, let us fully mirror His love and love one another so openly and completely that no one feels abandoned, alone, or hopeless.”
I then spoke about the mercy that Moroni showed the repentant Lamanites by sending them to live with the People of Ammon (see Alma 62).
I spoke about John 8 and how living the gospel actually sets us free instead of making us servants of sin.
Then we talked about the miracle of Jesus healing the blind man that had been blind since his youth and about the importance of knowing the Saviors voice so that we won’t be deceived.