4th Sunday lesson – The worth of souls is great in the sight of God.

From Come Follow Me:

The experiences of the sons of Mosiah illustrate that the way we see people affects how we minister to them. You could write on the board How the Nephites saw the Lamanites and How the sons of Mosiah saw the Lamanites. Then invite members to search Mosiah 28:1–3 and Alma 26:23–26 to find words and phrases to write under each of these statements. What does this comparison teach us about how the way we see people affects the way we minister to them? How can we learn to see people more as God sees them? (see D&C 18:10–16).

Image result for The worth of souls is great in the sight of God.

Mosiah 28:1-3

How the Sons of Mosiah saw the Lamanites

  • their brethren, the Lamanites (v1)
  • could not bear that any human soul should perish (v3)

‘I pray that you will develop the bravery and love for Heavenly Father’s children that led the sons of Mosiah to plead for the chance to face death and danger to take the gospel to a hardened people. ‘ (Henry B Eyring, General Conference, April 2009)

Alma 26:23-26

How the Nephites saw the Lamanites

  • stiffnecked (v24)
  • hearts delight in the shedding of blood (v24)
  • days have been spent in the grossest iniquity (v24)
  • transgressor from the beginning (v24)
  • destroy them and their iniquity (v25)

How the Sons of Mosiah saw the Lamanites

  • our brethren the Lamanites (v23)
  • might save some few of their sould (v26)

What does this comparison teach us about how the way we see people affects the way we minister to them?

‘Brothers and sisters, we have heaven-sent opportunity as an entire Church to demonstrate “pure religion … undefiled  before  God”—“to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light” and to   “comfort those that stand in need of comfort,” to minister to the widows and the   fatherless, the married and  the single, the strong and the distraught, the   downtrodden  and the robust, the happy and the sad—in short, all of us, every one of us, because we all need to feel the warm hand of  friendship and hear the firm declaration of faith.’ (Jeffrey R Holland, General Conference, April 2018)

How can we learn to see people more as God sees them?

‘When I was laboring as president of the Southern States Mission … President [Rudger] Clawson told us the Lord had created the earth and the fulness thereof, and then he described at some length the marvelous creations of the Lord. Then he said, ‘But, brethren, I say unto you that the soul of one of His children is more precious in His sight than all the earth and the things He has created.’

How precious are the souls of the sheep of the flock among whom you brethren are called to labor!’ (LeGrand Richards, Conference Report, April 1943, Second Day-Morning Meeting 48.)

Read or watch: The Worth of Souls – Marion G Romney

2 comments

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s