Little House on the Prairie: Season 1, Episode 14

The Lord Is My Shepherd: Part 2 (18 Dec. 1974)

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Believing that her jealousy was responsible for her infant brother's death and that her parents would rather have a son than a spare daughter, Laura climbs the highest hill she can find, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nels Oleson (credit only)
Reverend Robert Alden (voice) (archive sound)
Dr. Hiram Baker (credit only)
Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor) (credit only)
Eva Beadle (credit only)
Lars Hanson (credit only)


Believing that her jealousy was responsible for her infant brother's death and that her parents would rather have a son than a spare daughter, Laura climbs the highest hill she can find, hoping to get as close to God as possible to ask Him to take her instead and return the baby boy to the family. While Charles and Mr. Edwards desperately search for her, Laura meets Jonathan, a mystical mountain man who seems to have been sent purposely to guide her through this life-changing experience. Written by shepherd1138

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Melissa Gilbert said that this was her favourite episode because it best represented the relationship between herself and Michael Landon in real life. See more »


Laura runs away and heads for the mountains. In reality she would have been walking for weeks and weeks, because the closest mountains are/were in the Black Hills of South Dakota which is about 500 miles from Walnut Grove, Minnesota. In many scenes in and around Walnut Grove, snow peaked mountains can be seen in the background. The area around Walnut Grove is flat to soft rolling country side. Many times pine trees would be shown as well. There were no pine trees in Southwestern Minnesota at that time. The only trees around were scrub trees, oaks, maples, and black cherry trees and they were situated along the rivers and creeks. There were no woods, just prairie grass. See more »


Laura Ingalls: It sure is a long ways up here, God. But I wanted to get as close to you as I could. So as you can hear me for sure. You see, the Reverent Alden... you know him... well he told me that you could help me. You see God, I was supposed to pray for my brother so he would be alright again, but I didn't do it and I had mean thoughts. I told you later that I didn't mean it and I wanted him to be alright again, but I guess you didn't hear me. You see God, my Pa already had three girls: me and Mary and ...
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Not one of my faves
15 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A lot of people find this two-part episode as their favorite in all of Little House on the Prairie. Though I think the first part is great, I'm just not too thrilled with this second part.

It starts with Laura running away. She gets it in her head that God took away her brother because of her not wanting him to get better. She succeeds at leaving in the middle of the night and making it all the way to a high mountain. She prays to God, asking Him to take her and leave her brother for her Pa. When she wakes up, there's a big man named Jonathan. He stays and takes care of her.

I think the whole running away thing and asking God to take her is a bit ill-contrived. I just cannot believe that something like this would ever really happen. First of all, I don't think a child and conceive something like that, and second of all...well, I just don't believe it. Jonathan is apparently some sort of angel - and I have a bit of trouble with that as well. Like I said, it's just not one for me...

Then after being gone for three days, she sees her father and doesn't want to run to her father. She runs away from him instead...

The revealing scene is pretty sweet, as is the scene where father and daughter reunite.

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