Latter-day Saint Life

A Twist on a Beloved Parable That Will Help Us When Loved Ones Leave the Church


What touching insights from Celeste Davis that were shared In the article, she discusses how she learned what one of her friends who left the Church needed most, and why we are often blind to that need.

“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?” —Luke 15:4

There is a lot I love about the parable of the lost sheep, but perhaps my favorite aspect is that the shepherd goes to where the sheep is.

He doesn’t stay with the group, stand at the top of the hill, and yell down, “Hey! Come back! Come back over here! With us!” (like I am prone to do to my young kids when they run off in public). He doesn’t stall to deliberate why the sheep left. He doesn’t waste time worrying what dangers may lie in his journey to find the sheep or what the sheep will say when he gets there.

He just goes. He goes until he finds.

I think there may be a lesson here.

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