"I Am the Good Shepherd"
FAIR Faithful Resources for Come, Follow Me 2023 May 1–7. Luke 12–17; John 11: “Rejoice with Me; for I Have Found My Sheep Which Was Lost.” Find answers to difficult questions to help you in your learning and teaching. Here is a collection of reliable resources to supplement your study of Luke 12–17; John 11. FAIR Resources link to relevant questions which have been answered on the FAIR website. Under Church Resources you’ll find links to the different Come, Follow Me manuals, as well as other helpful links as applicable. Other Resources link to resources outside of FAIR that are trustworthy and helpful.
Main points to ponder
We’ve so often heard the importance of setting our hearts on Eternal things. Consider how these parables might help you learn to focus on Eternal rather than worldly things:
- The foolish rich man (Luke 12:13–21)
- The great supper (Luke 14:12–24)
- The prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32)
- The unjust steward (Luke 16:1–12)
- The rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31)
Faithful Resources on the FAIR website:
- Question: Do Mormons believe men have the right to resurrect their spouses by a specific ordinance?
- Question: Do Mormons believe that we will have blood in our bodies when we are resurrected or will it be just flesh and bone?
- Question: Does the statement in 1 Corinthians 15:50 that flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of heaven mean that resurrected beings cannot enter heaven?
- The Atonement and the Prodigal Son
- Question: Should Latter-day Saints (“Mormons”) reject “wayward” family members or those who leave the Church?
Be sure to listen to Jennifer Roach’s presentation for this week!
Amber Becker was born and raised in Modesto, California. When she was 24, she met her husband while riding the commuter rail into Boston, Massachusetts. They were one of the first couples married in the Boston temple in October of 2000. They are blessed with four children and one grandchild. Currently, she and her husband reside in Fort Worth, Texas, with two of their children.
“The Promise and Blessings of Eternal Families”
By Amber Becker
Growing up, I had siblings who had left the Church. Members would encourage my mother not to worry, saying that her children would return to the Church after the resurrection. But we should never give up hoping or praying for the return of family members or for others to join the Church in this life. Thankfully they did return!
This week in Come, Follow Me we read Luke 15:11–32, the parable of the prodigal son. Shortly after being baptized, Wilford Woodruff left family and friends to join the Saints in Zion. Once there he received a note from his brother Azmon writing that he had left the Church, requesting his name to be removed from the records. Wilford exchanged letters with Azmon and penned his own reasons for staying in the Church, bearing testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel.
On June 5, 1837, upon seeing his brothers again, Wilford recorded the following: “I called in the morning at Brother Azmon’s & conversed with him & also Brother Thompson upon temporal as well as spiritual subjects. . . . Both appeared affected. Brother Azmon said he was still seeking for light & truth & should not have left the truth or the Church of Latter day Saints had it not been for his temptations trials &c.”1
I bear my testimony that as we try to live the gospel and work to build up the kingdom of the Lord, we and our families will have His blessings upon us. We should never give up on any individual, family or not—we are all children of God. I am thankful that it is not for us to judge and that all can be made right through the blessings of Christ’s Atonement.
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