The Lost Sheep

    “The Lost Sheep,” Liahona, Mar. 2002, 8–9

    The Lost Sheep

    The First Parable

    A shepherd lost one of his sheep

    A good shepherd had 100 sheep, and one of them was lost. Luke 15:4

    He goes searching

    The shepherd left the other 99 sheep to look for the lost one. When he found it, he was very happy. Luke 15:4–5

    He was happy to find the lost sheep

    He picked it up, put it on his shoulders, and carried it home. Then he called to all his friends and neighbors to come and be happy with him because he had found the sheep that was lost. Luke 15:5–6

    Sinners are the lost sheep

    Jesus Christ told the Pharisees what the story meant. He said sinners are like the lost sheep and there will be great joy in heaven if a sinner repents. Luke 15:7

    Jesus wants to save sinners

    Just as the shepherd wanted to save the lost sheep, Jesus wants to save sinners. Mark 2:17

    Jesus is happy when people repent

    And just as the shepherd was very happy when he found the lost sheep, Jesus is very happy when sinners repent. Luke 15:6–7

    That was why He talked with sinners

    That, He said, was why He was talking with sinners. Joseph Smith Translation, Matt. 18:11; Mark 2:17

    Illustrations by Paul Mann