“Everyone loses their way at some point, to some degree …”

art by Morgan Casteel

A seven-year-old girl found an abandoned baby gosling in her driveway one day.

When night fell and the gosling was still wandering her yard, the family brought the gosling to the safety of their back porch.

After a few days, it became clear that the gosling considered them family. The family felt the same. They named him Peeper. He would follow them everywhere.

One day, after a year, as the father threw Peeper into the air, the goose flew off and didn’t came back.

The girl missed her little friend and even would call his name whenever a group of Canadian geese passed.

You can imagine her shock when, twenty years later, the girl saw an aging goose come back to her house.

His mannerisms were the same. He slept on the back porch. He even responded to his name.

Come to find out, Canadian geese are fiercely loyal and never forget their first home.

Peeper had found his way back home, and still lives there to this day. 

D&C 93:23 states “Ye were also in the beginning with the Father.” 

We each had our first home with our Father in Heaven. We each “flew away” from that home, but we, like that goose, know the way back.

D&C 93:1 gives us directions, “It shall come to pass that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my face and know that I am.”

I told my son today, “God wants us all back home with him. There is room for everyone in Heaven.”

My son asked, “How do we get there though?” I was about to answer and he interrupted, “I think Jesus holds us there, one by one.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself.

On our journey back home, we are never alone.

As Elder Ballard said, “Everyone loses his or her way at some point, to some degree […] it is the atoning sacrifice of the Savior that brings us back home.”

The way is clear, His arms are open.

And with the Savior holding us, we will make our way back home.

Goose story by Corey Whelan in Readers Digest

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