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"Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where do we go after this life? No longer need these universal questions remain unanswered. Our Heavenly Father rejoices for those who keep His commandments. He is concerned also for the lost child, the tardy teenager, the wayward youth, the delinquent parent. Tenderly the Master speaks to these, and indeed to all: 'Come back. Come up. Come in. Come home. Come unto me.' What eternal joy awaits when we accept His divine invitation to exaltation!" — Thomas S. Monson, "Invitation to Exaltation," "Ensign," June 1993, p. 6

"Too often, said Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Council of the Twelve, we tend to look at wayward or inactive youth and 'label, classify, and ignore.' It's not enough to write down the young person's flaws and weaknesses, his reasons for being inactive. Instead, Elder Ashton said, 'Identify-and understand.' Find out what the young person is interested in, and then try to satisfy that interest within the Church." — Orson Scott Card, "News of the Church," "Ensign," Nov. 1977, p. 104

"Because of his rebellion, Lucifer was cast out and became Satan, the devil, 'the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice' (Moses 4:4). And so this personage who was an angel of God and in authority, even in the presence of God, was removed from the presence of God and his Son (see D&C 76:25). This caused great sadness in the heavens, 'for the heavens wept over him-he was Lucifer, a son of the morning' (D&C 76:26). Does this not place some responsibility on the followers of Christ to show concern for loved ones who have lost their way and 'are shut out from the presence of God' (see Moses 6:49)? I know of no better help than to show unconditional love and help lost souls seek another path." — James E. Faust, "The Great Imitator," "Ensign," Nov. 1987, p. 35

"My young friends, you don't have to reject your friends who are on the wrong path; you don't even have to give them up necessarily. You can be their caring friend, ready to help them when they are ready to be helped. You can talk to them and lift them and bear your testimony to them. Lead them by example." — Malcolm S. Jeppsen, "Who Is a True Friend?" "Ensign," May 1990, p. 45

"While we may despair when, after all we can do, some of our children stray from the path of righteousness, the words of Orson F. Whitney can comfort us: 'Though some of the sheep may wander, the eye of the Shepherd is upon them, and sooner or later they will feel the tentacles of Divine Providence reaching out after them and drawing them back to the fold. Either in this life or the life to come, they will return. They will have to pay their debt to justice; they will suffer for their sins; and may tread a thorny path; but if it leads them at last, like the penitent Prodigal, to a loving and forgiving [mother's and] father's heart and home, the painful experience will not have been in vain. Pray for [our] careless and disobedient children; hold on to them with [our] faith. Hope on, trust on, till you see the salvation of God' (Orson F. Whitney, in Conference Report, Apr. 1929, 110)." — Robert D. Hales, "Strengthening Families: Our Sacred Duty," "Ensign," May 1999, p. 34

"When I take a small pebble and place it directly in front of my eye, it takes on the appearance of a mighty boulder. It is all I can see. It becomes all-consuming—like the problems of a loved one that affect our lives every waking moment. When the things you realistically can do to help are done, leave the matter in the hands of the Lord and worry no more. Do not feel guilty because you cannot do more. Do not waste your energy on useless worry. The Lord will take the pebble that fills your vision and cast it down among the challenges you will face in your eternal progress. It will then be seen in perspective. In time, you will feel impressions and know how to give further help. You will find more peace and happiness, will not neglect others that need you, and will be able to give greater help because of that eternal perspective." - Richard G. Scott, "To Help a Loved One in Need," Ensign (CR), May 1988, p.60

“Each of us has opportunities for Church assignments. This opportunity of serving in the Church enables us to demonstrate a love of God and a love of our neighbor. It was King Benjamin who said: ‘When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.’ (Mosiah 2:17.) There is no finer way to demonstrate love of God than by serving Him in the positions to which we may be called. Occasionally, the reward for that service will be prompt, and we’ll see the light in the eyes of the person whom we have helped. Other times, however, the Lord will let us wait a little while and let our reward come another way. Many are in the process of helping less active people. It is important to never give up, but forever press on in our efforts to help them. The best way to help people to become fully active in the Church is to love them into that activity.” - Thomas S. Monson, “Live the Good Life,” p. 112

Some of you, like the Nielson family, have family members who have temporarily lost their way. The Savior’s instruction to all who have 100 sheep is to leave the ninety and nine and go after and rescue the one. His instruction to those who have 10 pieces of silver and lose one is to search until you find it. When the lost one is your son or your daughter, your brother or your sister, and he or she has chosen to leave, we learned in our family that, after all we can do, we love that person with all of our hearts and we watch, we pray, and we wait for the Lord’s hand to be revealed. - Brent H. Nielson, “Waiting for the Prodigal,” Ensign (CR) April 2015

You parents of the wilful and the wayward! Don't give them up. Don't cast them off. They are not utterly lost. The Shepherd will find his sheep. They were his before they were yours-long before he entrusted them to your care; and you cannot begin to love them as he loves them. They have but strayed in ignorance from the Path of Right, and God is merciful to ignorance. Only the fulness of knowledge brings the fulness of accountability. Our Heavenly Father is far more merciful, infinitely more charitable, than even the best of his servants, and the Everlasting Gospel is mightier in power to save than our narrow finite minds can comprehend. - Orson F. Whitney, “Conference Report,” April 1929, Third Day-Morning Meeting, p.110

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