“Rejoice with Me; for I Have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost
”In most situations, 99 out of 100 would be considered excellent—but not when such numbers stand for beloved children of God (see D&C 18:10). In that case, even one soul merits a thorough, desperate search “until [we] find it” (Luke 15:4), as the Savior taught in the parable of the lost sheep. Then the rejoicing can begin, for “joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance” (Luke 15:7). If that seems unfair, it’s helpful to remember that, in truth, there are none who “need no repentance.” We all need rescuing. And we all can participate in the rescue, rejoicing together over every soul who is saved (see D&C 18:15–16).
In this episode, I start by talking about the parable of the foolish rich man. The point of the story was how much do we really need? How can we be a better steward over the wealth and talents the Lord has blessed us with?
The next section is all about searching for the lost. Lost money, lost sheep, lost coins etc. Again we talk more in-depth about the prodigal son. The lesson references one of my FAVORITE talks by Jeffrey R Holland, “The Other Prodigal.”
The story of the Prodigal Son is a beautiful story about the love that our Heavenly Father has for us. But there is also another story hidden in there that we often miss. And that’s the story of the other brother. Elder Holland’s talk addresses this brother’s jealousy and the feelings that all so often have for others. It’s really humbling to find out you need rescuing as much as the person you are judging. Yikes!
Then the podcast ends with the story of the 10 lepers. The manual references another favorite talk by Henry B Eyring entitled, “O Remember, Remember.” He talks about the importance of noticing the hand of the Lord in our lives every day and writing it down. It’s so good.