Leilani Miller | University Relations | 1 August 2008
Elder Myron Richins of the BYU Hawaii religion department focused on a very fundamental symbol developed in the scriptures at a BYUH devotional this past week. Having grown up around and working with sheep, Richins was able to bring a very comprehensive perspective on the emblematic values of a shepherd and his sheep.
He expounded upon an experience where while in Jerusalem, he witnessed men selling very obedient sheep without the use of corrals or pens. Instead, these men employed familiarity and leadership to direct their sheep. "Those men were shepherds," commented Richins. Quoting Mosiah 26:21, he said, "And he that will hear my voice shall be my sheep; and him shall ye receive into the church, and him will I also receive. The use of one's voice in herding sheep and being a shepherd is very important."