“Rejoice with Me; for I Have Found the … Lost”

The Life and Teachings of Jesus and his Apostles, Instructor’s Guide (Rel 211–12), (2000), 43–44


Theme

Disciples of Jesus Christ should have a constant love and concern for their fellowman.

Theme Analysis

  • A.

    Through the use of parables, Jesus taught the importance of each of God’s children.

  • B.

    Disciples of Jesus today are to be concerned about the salvation of each of their brothers and sisters.

Study Sources

New Testament Reading Assignment

Luke 14:1-35; 15:1-16, 31; 17:1-10; John 11:17-54

Course Manual

Chapter 18, “Rejoice with Me; for I Have Found the … Lost”

Standard Works

D&C 18:10. How important to God is each person?

Mosiah 18:8, 9. What have we covenanted to do?

Moses 1:39. What is God’s whole desire for his children?

Matthew 7:7-11. How anxious is the Lord to bless and prosper his children?

Luke 15:4, Inspired Version. How does this verse clarify the King James Version?

Basic Library

Teachings, pp. 240-41. The more righteous a person becomes, the more he looks with compassion upon perishing souls.

M of F, p. 307. Discussion of the parable of the Prodigal Son.

Jesus the Christ, pp. 454-61. How do these parables show the love God has for each of his children?

Additional Sources

Franklin D. Richards in CR, Oct. 1976, pp. 18-19. How can we reach out to the less active?

Marion D. Hanks in CR, Oct. 1976, pp. 40-43. How can we become true disciples?

Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 1:507-12. What is the main teaching of these three parables?

Some Suggestions for Presentation

(Ideas Other Teachers Have Used)

We Have a Responsibility for Our Fellowman (A Discussion)

The teacher might wish to begin with a story that illustrates the message of the parables of the Lost. A story such as the one told by Marion D. Hanks about a girl named Donna, found in CR, Apr. 1966, pp. 151-53, could be used. Perhaps the teacher has a story of his own that will also illustrate the above principle. Questions could be asked to emphasize the importance of the Saints’ making an active effort to help others. In the case of Brother Hanks’ story, the teacher might ask:

  1. 1.

    Which parable did Donna represent?

  2. 2.

    Was there anyone who could have prevented or helped save her from falling?

  3. 3.

    Will we be held accountable for those people we could have helped but did not? See Matthew 25:31-40.

  4. 4.

    What are some signs that may alert us to the fact that a particular person is having spiritual problems? (These could be listed on the chalkboard.)

  5. 5.

    Having recognized these signs, what could be done to help those who are having problems?

Chalkboard Illustration

This illustration, or another of the teacher’s choosing, could lesson 18 of the course manual relating to the parables of be used to reinforce the last student interaction block in the Lost.

How We Can Strengthen Others

Types of Activity Relating to Spirituality

Possible Reasons

Possible Ways a Disciple of Christ Could Help

Lost sheepstray gradually away

  1. 1.

    Peer group pressure

  2. 2.

    Other

  1. 1.

    Make a special effort to have an active LDS member friendship this person.

  2. 2.

    Home teachers could be alerted and could make a special effort to help.

  3. 3.

    Other

Types of Activities Relating to Spirituality

Possible Reasons

Possible Ways a Disciple of Christ Could Help

Lost coin—those neglected

  1. 1.

    Are not popular socially

  2. 2.

    Other

  1. 1.

    Friendship those whom we may think are “different.”

  2. 2.

    Other

Prodigal son—those who willfully disobey.

  1. 1.

    The world looks appealing.

  2. 2.

    Other

  1. 1.

    Continue to love and accept them.

  2. 2.

    Pray for them.

  3. 3.

    Other