New Testament
Lesson 18
He Was Lost, and Is Found

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand the joy that comes when we repent and when we help others repent.

Scripture references for study:  Luke 15; Luke 17
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Section Title

The Worth Of Souls

READ LUKE 15:1-7. Parable of the lost sheep.

READ LUKE 15:8-10. Parable of the piece of silver.

This is a wonderfully plain parable.




Heavenly Father Rejoices In Forgiving The Repentant

"And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living." (Luke 15:11-13)

"And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him." (v14-16)

"And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants." (v17-18)

"And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
     "And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
     "But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
     "And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
     "For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry."

"Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf." (v25-30)

"And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found." (v31-32)

The Ten Lepers

READ LUKE 17:11-19. The ten lepers.

Although ten lepers were cleansed, only the man who returned was made whole.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

In reading these parables of Jesus, we learn of the great love the Lord has for all of his children. He taught us that we can return to him and be forgiven of our sins if we will humbly repent. He has also taught us how important it is to search for and reach out to the lost sheep. Indeed, this is the work of the Lord, to bring the lost sheep back to the fold.

Record your thoughts on the teachings of the Savior in this lesson. How can you assist the Lord in searching for his lost sheep?

Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).

Discourses of Brigham Young edited by John A. Widtsoe.


Gospel Doctrine by Joseph F. Smith.

Meek and Lowly by Neal A. Maxwell.

The Way To Perfection by Joseph Fielding Smith.

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