Monday, November 11, 2013

WEEK:59 The Good Shepherd

Super Elder!
Well Hello to everyone! Hope everyone is doing great!!

this week was a lot better than the last we got the members just pumped up you can say to do the work of the lord there are so many references/referrals coming in right now we just need to do the rest and that's what we will do. in fact there is another parable that i have been studying this week in the same chapter Luke 15

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.

 8 ¶Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one apiece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repented.

in this Parable we see that the joy that we have is when we find that what was lost and bring it back. its kind of like what kind of a Shepherd are you? its like President Monson spoke on in General Conference on the True Shepherds, he says

When I was growing up, each summer our family would drive to Provo Canyon, about 45 miles (72 km) south and a little east of Salt Lake City, where we would stay in the family cabin for several weeks. We boys were always anxious to get on the fishing stream or into the swimming hole, and we would try to push the car a little faster. In those days, the automobile my father drove was a 1928 Oldsmobile. If he went over 35 miles (56 km) an hour, my mother would say, “Keep it down! Keep it down!” I would say, “Put the accelerator down, Dad! Put it down!”

Dad would drive about 35 miles an hour all the way up to Provo Canyon or until we would come around a bend in the road and our journey would be halted by a herd of sheep. We would watch as hundreds of sheep filed past us, seemingly without a shepherd, a few dogs yapping at their heels as they moved along. Way back in the rear we could see the sheepherder on his horse—not a bridle on it but a halter. He was occasionally slouched down in the saddle dozing, since the horse knew which way to go and the yapping dogs did the work.

Contrast that to the scene which I viewed in Munich, Germany, many years ago. It was a Sunday morning, and we were en route to a missionary conference. As I looked out the window of the mission president’s automobile, I saw a shepherd with a staff in his hand, leading the sheep. They followed him wherever he went. If he moved to the left, they followed him to the left. If he moved to the right, they followed him in that direction. I made the comparison between the true shepherd who led his sheep and the sheepherder who rode casually behind his sheep.

Who is the true shepherd? the one who leads and guides his sheep the one who cares for them and who wants the best for them not the one who is very casually ridding behind and sleeping on the job. Pres. Monson continues,

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep.” He provides for us the perfect example of what a true shepherd should be.

Jesus is the good shepherd he is our example he shows us what the meaning of a person who loves his flock and on that just does it for a job. Jesus says he knows his sheep by name every single one of us are part of his flock and well he will not let us go astray and will leave us or the people who are alright and will look for the ones that are lost. he has asked us to help him in this effort. in Preach my gospel it talks about how we as missionaries need to help the lost sheep who have been numbered or are members and have gone astray but as President Monson says we all have a call to rescue others. we are all called to the rescue. there are a lot of people who have gone astray and well here in Mexico we have a bunch but just slowly and surly we can bring them back. i was super happy to see 3 families who had gone down other paths come back yesterday and well they are just getting started again and this is a call for everyone for every person and yesterday our ward Secretary spoke and he called everyone to the Fields to help the missionaries to rescue the people who need saving and to help us work on bringing more people to the arms of Christ. he talked about the talk I have used so many times on my mission on how we are the hands of Christ here on the earth so lets rescue and bring everyone in to the salvation of Christ. I love this work!!!

Hope everyone has a great week and let us be like the good Shepherd and I will finish testifying using the words of our beloved Prophet, In closing, There is one Teacher whose life overshadows all others. He taught of life and death, of duty and destiny. He lived not to be served but to serve, not to receive but to give, not to save His life but to sacrifice it for others. He described a love more beautiful than lust, a poverty richer than treasure. It was said of this Teacher that He taught with authority and not as did the scribes. His laws were not inscribed upon stone but upon human hearts.

I speak of the Master Teacher, even Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind. The biblical account says of Him, He “went about doing good.” With Him as our unfailing guide and exemplar, we shall qualify for His divine help in our home teaching. Lives will be blessed. Hearts will be comforted. Souls will be saved. We will become true shepherds.

Love you All!!

Elder Jaymes Monson

Good looking Elders!

enjoying some hot chocolate on a cool 77 degree day!

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