Sunday was our Fast and Testimony Meeting. This Sacrament meeting is held once a month. Essentially we fast for 2 meals and give the portion of money that we would have used for food as a Fast Offering. These funds are used to care for those who have temporal needs. During Fast and Testimony meetings members are encouraged to come to the pulpit and share their testimonies of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As I sat there listening to a few of the testimonies, I felt the spirit and desired to share my own testimony. The meeting was sweet and the spirit was present.The ward members are humble and testimonies were deeply felt.
As the afternoon meetings concluded we were busy talking with two individuals that have temporal needs. As I listened to their pleas for assistance; my heart ached for them. There is so much poverty within our Inner City Mission. So many of these needy souls have a hard time coming and requesting help. Their hearts are tender and tears are often shed.
In the evening the verses to the hymn; "Dear to The Heart Of The Shepherd" came to my mind and continued on this morning.
Dear to the heart of the Shepherd, Dear are the sheep of his fold;
Dear is the love that he gives them, Dearer than silver or gold.
Dear to the heart of the Shepherd, Dear are his "other"lost sheep;
Over the mountains he follows, Over the waters so deep.
Out in the desert they wander, Hungry and helpless and cold;
Off to the rescue he hastens, Bringing them back to the fold.
Enjoy listening to all of the verses by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
There are so many out there that are hungry and helpless and cold. The Savior will come to their rescue but He needs us to seek out and find these poor and the needy brothers and sisters. The following are familiar verses in the New Testament.
Luke 15: 4-7 :
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.Our Living Prophet of today President Thomas S. Monson is known for rescuing the one.
Here are some touching quotes by our beloved Prophet.
"Tears came to my eyes when I read of a mere boy in one of our eastern cities who noticed a vagrant asleep on a sidewalk and who then went to his own room, retrieved his own pillow, and placed it beneath the head of that one whom he knew not. Perhaps there came from the precious past the welcome words: ‘Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me’ (Matt. 25:40)."
"Each of us, in the journey through mortality, will travel his own Jericho Road. What will be your experience? What will be mine? Will I fail to notice him who has fallen among thieves and requires my help? Will you? Will I be one who sees the injured and hears his plea, yet crosses to the other side? Will you? Or will I be one who sees, who hears, who pauses, and who helps? Will you?"
"The desire to lift, the willingness to help, and the graciousness to give come from a heart filled with love. The poet wrote, ‘Love is the most noble attribute of the human soul.
"At the final day, the Savior will not ask about the nature of our callings. He will not inquire about our material possessions or fame.He will ask if we ministered to the sick. gave food and drink to the hungry, visited those in prison, or gave succor to the weak. When we reach out to the least of Heavenly Father's children, we do it unto Him. That is the essence of the Gospel." (Joseph B. Wirthlin, Ensign, Nov. 2007, p 28). Let us all seek out and find those wondering sheep. Let us reach out in love to those in need.
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I am grateful for -
.a living prophet today
.the priesthood of God
.for the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
.for my Heavenly Father
.for my Savior, Jesus Christ
.for the Spirit of the Holy Ghost
.for my Eternal Companion
.for my Forever Family