May we remember that the Good Shepherd will also spare no effort in rescuing us and bringing us back to the fold, because to Him, we are important.
One of the plays we perform in Nauvoo is called “Just Plain Anna Amanda”, which tells the story of a young girl who feels ordinary and unnoticed. Throughout the course of the play, she runs into several friends who each lend her part of their outfits, like the farmer’s boots, the twins’ satchels, and her teacher’s hat. Finally, weighed down with so many accessories in an attempt become more “important”, Anna Amanda trips and falls onto the ground.
Her mother comes into the room and finds her sprawls out on the floor, and asks,
“Anna Amanda, what happened? Are you all right?”
“What’s this all about?”
Anna Amanda replies, “I guess it’s about being… important. An important somebody… with a title!”
Her mother, starting to understand how Just Plain Anna Amanda is feeling, teaches her with this song:
Your eyes are like you grandma’s
Soft and warm and true.
She looked past the eyes of others
Into their hearts… Like you! […]
Your chin is just like mine, dear,
Squarely set and grand.
Once you’ve made your mind up
You’ll not waver from your stand.
You have the gifts we have you
So treat them tenderly.
You’re a walking, breathing recipient
Of our family legacy!
Realization dawns upon Anna Amanda:
“Well, I’m the only person on the earth like me. I guess that’s pretty important… isn’t it, Mama?”
Then her angel mother responds with the climatic line, “One day, when your feet have grown a little larger, and your shoulders a little broader, and your knowledge has expanded to encompass the wisdom of the world… you won’t have learned anything more important.”
Sometimes we may feel like Anna Amanda—forgotten, overlooked, unnoticed. To make up for these feelings and to find fulfillment, we often “aspire to the honors of men” (D&C 121:35).
However, “the worth of souls is great in the sight of God” (D&C 18:10), so much so that the Savior condescended from His exalted station and gave His life, “that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
May we remember that just as the Good Shepherd left His flock to find the one lost sheep, He will also spare no effort in rescuing us and bringing us back to the fold, because to Him, we are important.
I love each of you, pray for God’s blessings over you, and consider you… “an important somebody”!