Day 61 | He Was Lost
April 28, 2015 - WEEK NINE
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Return of the Prodigal Son, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.
CONSIDER AS YOU READ
- Why is humility so critical to being a true Christian?
- Have you felt joy over someone else’s repentance?
- Similar to the prodigal son “when he came to himself” (Luke 15:17), do you recognize that only Christ and His Church can sustain you?
[I had] the opportunity to meet … a naval officer from Asia, a brilliant young man who had been brought to the United States for advanced training. Some of his associates in the United States Navy, whose behavior had attracted him, shared with him at his request their religious beliefs. He was not a Christian, but he was interested. They told him of the Savior of the world, of Jesus born in Bethlehem, who gave his life for all mankind. They told him of the appearance of God, the Eternal Father, and the resurrected Lord to the boy Joseph Smith. They spoke of modern prophets. They taught him the gospel of the Master. The Spirit touched his heart, and he was baptized.
He was introduced to me just before he was to return to his native land. We spoke of these things, and then I said, “Your people are not Christians. You come from a land where Christians have had a difficult time. What will happen when you return home a Christian and, more particularly, a Mormon Christian?”
His face clouded, and he replied, “My family will be disappointed. I suppose they will cast me out. They will regard me as dead. As for my future and my career, I assume that all opportunity will be foreclosed against me.”
I asked, ‘Are you willing to pay so great a price for the gospel?’
His dark eyes, moistened by tears, shone from his handsome brown face as he answered, “It’s true, isn’t it?”
“Ashamed at having asked the question, I responded, ‘Yes, it’s true.’
To which he replied, “Then what else matters?”(Gordon B. Hinckley, “The True Strength of the Church,” Ensign, Jul. 1973, 48).
FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES
- What can we learn about patience from this parable?
- Isn’t it sad that the older brother was so jealous? How can we avoid jealousy?