Good Shepherd/Lamb of God Relief Society Lesson

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AmyJ
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Good Shepherd/Lamb of God Relief Society Lesson

Post by AmyJ » 23 Sep 2019, 06:47

Here is the lesson I taught in Relief Society this week. My almost 10 year old daughter attended again. The ladies love her and felt that her comments were meaningful. She was able to describe highlights of the lesson to my husband and what it meant to her (which she cannot do from Primary lessons). I don't like feeling like I am bending the rules to include her in Relief Society, but those 2 lessons were the key times in the last 3 weeks that I was able to say something to her that she did not fight against me verbally and she clearly is getting spiritual nourishment there that she isn't getting in Primary right now.

Titles Activity
Name some common titles and the meaning behind it (teacher = person who teaches others).

QUOTE 1: “At this Easter season, we celebrate the Good Shepherd, who is also the Lamb of God. Of all His divine titles, no others are more tender or telling. We learn much from our Savior’s references to Himself as the Good Shepherd and from prophetic testimonies of Him as the Lamb of God. These roles and symbols are powerfully complementary—who better to succor each precious lamb than the Good Shepherd, and who better to be our Good Shepherd than the Lamb of God?”
- Elder Gerrit W. Gong, “Good Shepherd, Lamb of God”, April 2019

Overview – Board Activity
READ: “As our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ calls us in His voice and His name. He seeks and gathers us. He teaches us how to minister in love.”
- Elder Gerrit W. Gong, “Good Shepherd, Lamb of God”, April 2019

What are some titles that would describe these actions?
1. Call in His Voice and His Name: Caller, Path Finder, Trail-blazer, etc.
2. Seeks and Gathers Us: Searcher, Gatherer, Harvester, Counselor, Advisor, etc.
3. Teach how to Minister (How to Connect): Pastor, Social Worker, Counselor, etc.

Calls Us in His Voice and His Name
QUOTE 2: “Our Good Shepherd “calleth his own sheep by name. … They know his voice.” And “in his own name he doth call you, which is the name of Christ.” As we seek with real intent to follow Jesus Christ, inspiration comes to do good, to love God, and to serve Him. As we study, ponder, and pray; as we regularly renew sacramental and temple covenants; and as we invite all to come to His gospel and ordinances, we are hearkening to His voice.”
- Elder Gerrit W. Gong, “Good Shepherd, Lamb of God”, April 2019

What other ways or circumstances can you hear the voice of the Savior and how can you recognize it?

Seeks and Gathers Us
QUOTE 3: “Our Good Shepherd seeks and gathers us into His onefold. He asks, “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?”
- Elder Gerrit W. Gong, “Good Shepherd, Lamb of God”, April 2019

QUOTE 4: “Our Savior reaches out to the one and to the ninety-and-nine, often at the same time. As we minister, we acknowledge the ninety-and-nine who are steadfast and immovable, even while we yearn after the one who has strayed. Our Lord seeks and delivers us “out of all places,” and “from the four quarters of the earth.”
- Elder Gerrit W. Gong, “Good Shepherd, Lamb of God”, April 2019

Is it possible to be one of the ninety-and-nine and of the one at the same time?

Ministering in Love
QUOTE 5: “As the “Shepherd of Israel,” Jesus Christ exemplifies how shepherds in Israel minister in love. When our Lord asks if we love Him, as He did with Simon Peter, our Savior implores: “Feed my lambs. … Feed my sheep. … Feed my sheep.” The Lord promises that when His shepherds feed His lambs and sheep, those in His fold “shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking.”
- Elder Gerrit W. Gong, “Good Shepherd, Lamb of God”, April 2019

What to Look For
QUOTE READ BY ME: “God’s shepherds are to strengthen, heal, bind up that which is broken, bring again that which was driven away, seek that which was lost.”
- Elder Gerrit W. Gong, “Good Shepherd, Lamb of God”, April 2019

How?

QUOTE 6: “Sisters, some of you listening may feel stretched to capacity ministering to the needs of family members. Remember, in those routine and often mundane tasks, you are “in the service of your God.” Others of you might be feeling an emptiness that could be filled as you look into your neighborhood or community for opportunities to help ease another’s burdens. All of us can incorporate some service into our daily living. We live in a contentious world. We give service when we don’t criticize, when we refuse to gossip, when we don’t judge, when we smile, when we say thank you, and when we are patient and kind. Other kinds of service take time, intentional planning, and extra energy. But they are worth our every effort. Perhaps we could start by asking ourselves these questions:
• Who in my circle of influence could I help today?
• What time and resources do I have?
• In what ways can I use my talents and skills to bless others?
• What might we do as a family?

- Sister Cheryl A. Esplin, “He Asks Us to Be His Hands”, April 2016

2 Minutes of personal time to mull over questions.

Comments?

Promise
QUOTE 7: “Are you the only member of the Church in your family, school, workplace, or community? Does your branch sometimes feel small or isolated? Have you moved to a new place, perhaps with an unfamiliar language or customs? Perhaps your life’s circumstances have changed, and things you never thought possible now confront you? Our Savior assures us, whatever our circumstances, whoever we are, in the words of Isaiah: “He shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”

- Elder Gerrit W. Gong, “Good Shepherd, Lamb of God”, April 2019

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Re: Good Shepherd/Lamb of God Relief Society Lesson

Post by Roy » 24 Sep 2019, 09:39

Beautiful! Thank you!
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Re: Good Shepherd/Lamb of God Relief Society Lesson

Post by Curt Sunshine » 24 Sep 2019, 21:10

Thank you. I love your lessons.
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

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Re: Good Shepherd/Lamb of God Relief Society Lesson

Post by Minyan Man » 25 Sep 2019, 06:25

Another great lesson. I especially like Quote 6
Thanks for sharing.
AmyJ wrote:
23 Sep 2019, 06:47
QUOTE 6: “Sisters, some of you listening may feel stretched to capacity ministering to the needs of family members. Remember, in those routine and often mundane tasks, you are “in the service of your God.” Others of you might be feeling an emptiness that could be filled as you look into your neighborhood or community for opportunities to help ease another’s burdens. All of us can incorporate some service into our daily living. We live in a contentious world. We give service when we don’t criticize, when we refuse to gossip, when we don’t judge, when we smile, when we say thank you, and when we are patient and kind. Other kinds of service take time, intentional planning, and extra energy. But they are worth our every effort. Perhaps we could start by asking ourselves these questions:
• Who in my circle of influence could I help today?
• What time and resources do I have?
• In what ways can I use my talents and skills to bless others?
• What might we do as a family?

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