Saturday, January 9, 2016

We All Represent the One Lost Sheep

The following is a guest post. It was written by my childhood friend, Heidi Ryan Skanchy, one year ago today. I had asked my Facebook friends to share one of their favorite scriptures, and why it is important to them. Here is the scripture that she shared:

Luke 15:2-7:

2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

3 ¶And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

4 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?

5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

After sharing those verses, she shared another quote. Here is what she wrote:

Bruce Hafen said in his book, The Broken Heart, that

"The lost sheep are not just the people who don't come to church ... The lost sheep is a mother who goes down into the valley of dark shadows to bring forth children. The lost sheep is a young person, far away from home and faced with loneliness and temptation. The lost sheep is a person who has just lost a critically needed job; a business person in financial distress; a new missionary in a foreign culture; a man just called to be bishop; a married couple who are misunderstanding each other; a grandmother whose children are forgetting her. I am the lost sheep. You are the lost sheep."

She then shared her testimony. Thank you, Heidi, for doing that. Sharing our testimonies invites the Spirit and confirming power to our words. Her testimony:

I will be eternally grateful for a Savior that loves me and is never too busy to be there for me. He is never so busy administering to the 99 that he can't help the one. His atonement is infinite and eternal. I feel his love and am so thankful.

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