In the Bible, Jesus teaches His followers that He has other sheep that He must gather. When He goes to the Americas in the Book of Mormon, He tells them they are the sheep He was looking for. This Book of Mormon FHE lesson teaches us about the diversity in God’s kingdom and the need for unity in Christ.
And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said:sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one .
1. Dear to the heart of the Shepherd,
Dear are the sheep of his fold;
Dear is the love that he gives them,
Dearer than silver or gold.
Dear to the heart of the Shepherd,
Dear are his “other” lost sheep;
Over the mountains he follows,
Over the waters so deep.
Out in the desert they wander,
Hungry and helpless and cold;
Off to the rescue he hastens,
Bringing them back to the fold.
2. Dear to the heart of the Shepherd,
Dear are the lambs of his fold;
Some from the pastures are straying,
Hungry and helpless and cold.
See, the Good Shepherd is seeking,
Seeking the lambs that are lost,
Bringing them in with rejoicing,
Saved at such infinite cost.
3. Dear to the heart of the Shepherd,
Dear are the “ninety and nine”;
Dear are the sheep that have wandered
Out in the desert to pine.
Hark! he is earnestly calling,
Tenderly pleading today:
“Will you not seek for my lost ones,
Off from my shelter astray?”
4. Green are the pastures inviting;
Sweet are the waters and still.
Lord, we will answer thee gladly,
“Yes, blessed Master, we will!
Make us thy true under-shepherds;
Give us a love that is deep.
Send us out into the desert,
Seeking thy wandering sheep.”
Begin the lesson with the following game. Designate one child to be a sheep. The rest of the group are shepherds who get to pick where they want the sheep to go. All of the shepherds must try and get the sheep to follow them to their spot in the room. Repeat the activity with just one person acting as a shepherd, who represents Christ.
Ask: What made the second time easier?
Read aloud: In the Bible, Jesus teaches His followers that He has other sheep that He must gather. When He goes to the Americas in the Book of Mormon, He tells them they are the sheep He was looking for. Two different groups of people lived very far away from each other, but both were apart of Jesus’ flock.
Ask: Who is a part of Jesus’ flock today?
Read aloud: Jesus wants everyone to be a part of His flock. He is a kind and loving Shepherd who offers protection and safety. He wants everyone to find peace and happiness through the gospel. That is why He invites us to help and serve others so they can feel His love. Everyone belongs in Jesus’ flock. So even if they look different from us or seem different from us, they belong and we should love them.
Show different pictures of different kinds of sheep. If unable to show pictures, talk about some of the differences in sheep, such as fluffier coats, horns, black faces, spots.
Ask: Why is it good that all of Jesus’ sheep are different?
Finish by talking about what we can learn from our differences and bearing your testimony on unity.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Begin the lesson with the following scripture search. Give everyone a few minutes to look up scriptures related to sheep and shepherds. Ask them to think about what they find teaches them about Jesus Christ. Gather everyone together and ask them to share their scripture and what they learned.
Read aloud: Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd who saves us. He suffered and died so that we might overcome sin and death and return to our Heavenly Father. As we come unto Christ and are obedient to His commandments, He blesses, guides, and protects us.
In the Book of Mormon, Jesus taught the people that they were a part of His flock. It is a beautiful testimony that God loves all of His children. The people in America were very different from those in the Holy Land. But they were still gathered into the fold of Christ.
Ask: Why do you think God wants there to be one fold and one shepherd?
Read aloud: Today, we see a lot of contention and division in the world. Jesus wants us to find joy and growth through unity. Sometimes, we judge others and question if they might belong or “fit in” when it comes to the fold of God. However, this limits our ability to learn and love.
Ask: What can we do to celebrate our differences as children of God? What should we do to avoid judging others?
Share a personal experience where you learned something or were impacted by someone else who was different than you. Invite others to share. Finish with your testimony.
Easy Apple Dumplings
2 whole Granny Smith Apples, Cored, And Peeled
2 cans Refrigerator Crescent Rolls
2 sticks Butter
1-½ cup White Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
½ cans Mountain Dew
Cut apples into 8 slices each.
Roll each apple slice in a crescent roll. Place in a 9 x 13 buttered pan.
Melt butter, then add sugar and barely stir.
Add vanilla, stir, and pour over apples.
Pour Mountain Dew around the edges of the pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
Serve with ice cream, and spoon some of the sweet sauces from the pan over the top.
Use the following video to make applesauce together while also teaching a valuable lesson about unity.
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.