Feed my sheep

"I need someone to feed my sheep, find my lambs, spread my gospel. I need someone to love me."
-Jesus Christ-

I was reading the story of Peter the other day; and as I read, I noticed that even though Peter said time and again that he loved Christ, it wasn't enough. Peter had to SHOW his love; he had to go out and feed his sheep. Christ doesn't just want us to love Him, He wants us to show His love to others; and therefore, show our love to Him.

While we don't have to become as Peter did (he gave up his career as a fisherman to follow Christ as He taught the Gospel); we do need to be like Peter in the sense of feeding Christ's sheep. It is our duty, as believers of Christ, to help bring others unto Him. 


Like Peter, we won't have Christ right by our side in a physical sense to guide us on how to "feed His sheep", but we can rely on guidance from the Spirit to receive promptings of who to help in our every day life. It is then our job to gather our courage and have faith to act on those promptings.-

As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are given opportunities to feed His sheep through our ministering program. We are assigned specific individuals within our congregation that we are to "feed", or help. We should pray and seek guidance from the Spirit on how best to accomplish that. 

"As you pray, you will feel the love of Jesus Christ for those whom you minister. Share that love with them. What better way is there to feed His sheep than to help them feel His love - through you?" (Bonnie Cordon, Oct. 2018 General Conference)

But does feeding His sheep stop at those we are assigned to minister to? No! We should feed anyone who needs it. If you know someone who is struggling, needs a hug, a smile, a shoulder to cry on, or just someone to talk to; reach out to them. Feed His sheep. This is what Christ would do.

I was reading the talk "Becoming a Shepard" by Bonnie Cordon from this past conference; and I especially enjoyed the account we read in Matthew 25 that she shared:

"Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you...For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat; I was thirstry, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in...
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? Or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took the in?"

Bonnie goes on to say: "Brothers and sisters, the key word is saw. The righteous saw those in need because they were watching and noticing. We too can be a watchful eye to aid and comfort, to celebrate and even dream. As we act, we can be assured of the promise in Matthew... Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these... ye have done it unto me."






Personally, I allow myself to get so caught up with life; college classes, work, making sure to work out to stay physically healthy, scripture study with my girlfriend, naps (don't judge me on that one, I LOVE NAPS) that I tend to not pay attention for those in need. It is one of my goals going into the new year to be more aware of those around me. Because if we aren't actively looking for lost sheep, how will we find them and therefore feed them?


I was once the lost sheep. When my brother took his own life 5 years ago, I went through a faith crisis. I didn't want to go to church, I didn't want to pray to God. I wanted to mourn forever. A previous brother who used to teach me as a young adult started coming by on his lunch break. He wouldn't always talk to me; he would just sit with me. He was there to mourn with me and to provide a shoulder to cry on, if needed. He was there to comfort me and to let me know I wasn't alone. 

He listened to the promptings of the Spirit to "feed my sheep". He wasn't assigned to come sit with me; he just made sure to be aware of those around him and made a huge impact on my life. He is one of the reasons I was able to overcome my faith crisis and why I am so passionate about this Gospel.



"Whether our sheep are strong or weak, rejoicing or in anguish, we can make certain that no one walks alone.."
-Bonnie Cordon-



Acts 20:28 - Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

1 Peter 5:2 - Feed the flock of God which is among you...

John 21:16 - ...Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.


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  1. I've come home from Church and am so glad that I took the time to read this. It's so inspiring and so true for all of us. We all need to be more aware of those around us who may need kindness - right now I feel very much like one needing just that.

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    1. I'm glad you got something from this :) That's my goal with this whole blog; to help inspire others. Feel free to share it with any friends or family you think might get something positive out of it as well.

      You're an amazing defender of the gospel and you're awesome LisaMarie!

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