At stake conference this last week Elder Yamashita from the Quorum of the Seventy visited. We were all crammed into our small church building to listen. I think it must be a requirement for those who are called to be leaders to have a great sense of humor... he was hilarious! And thankfully spoke in English so I could understand just about everything he said. (Yay for tender mercies!) He started off with his favorite children's story... a story about a lion and some sheep. I will recount the story as follows:
There once was a young lion, who lived amongst a flock of sheep. From a very young age he lived with these sheep. He walked like a sheep; ate grass like a sheep; he even "baaaa'd" like a sheep. One evening, while all the sheep were sleeping, the lion was sleeping too. He was sound asleep and probably dreaming like a sheep. Suddenly there was a sound in the distance.
He started to wake up. What could that eerie sound be?
Again it started, this time a bit louder.
The other sheep woke up. They began to tremble.
The lion trembled, too.
And again, the sound came. Closer this time.
It was the sound of a wolf. In the distance the wolf appeared and the sheep began to run!
The lion ran, too!
As he was running, he realized... he was faster than the sheep. He was stronger. His paws looked a bit different. HE was indeed different. He was not the son of a sheep. He was, indeed, the son of a lion. And that made him a lion, too!
He turned to face the wolf, and now it was the wolf who was afraid. From deep inside him came a loud, strong roar, with which the wolf began to run. The sheep were safe. And they all lived happily ever after.
I would like to ask the same questions as Elder Yamashita in regards to this story.... The meaning runs a lot deeper than that of a simple children's story. In fact, it has eternal meaning.
Are you a son or daughter of a sheep? Are you a son or daughter of a lion?
Who are you?
Sister Marissa Hatch