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Jacob 7

A naysayer has come about many years after Jacob parted the people with his reminder to be wise.  Jacob 7 starts with this rebellion named Sherem. Verses two and three share with us the reasoning of Sherem, and they are not good in the sight of the Lord.  We learn that his intentions were indeed to lead people away from Christ and he “labored diligently” in order to accomplish his goal.  Sherem was a charismatic fellow and was a “smooth operator.”  Sherem was finally able to come to Jacob and they had somewhat of a heated discussion with Sherem blatantly calling Jacob a blaspheme and denying Jesus Christ while Jacob was preaching to Sherem that he was all wrong and that all of the prophets prior to him have spoken of Christ and if Sherem believes the scriptures as he claims to, then he doesn’t understand them one iota. Sherem then tells Jacob that in order to believe what Jacob says, that he needs a sign shown unto him by the power of the Holy Ghost.  (Didn’t we just read about not counseling Christ)?  Jacob then says why are you tempting God when you know it is true, but God’s will be done, if He wants to show you a sign, then a sign you will have and if he does not, then no sign for you.  God’s call.  The Lord then overtook Sherem and fell to the earth and he was “nourished for many days.”   Sherem comes about and tells everyone to come to him tomorrow because he has much to share and he is going to die.  The following day, Sherem declares to the people that he has been fooled by the devil and that he has “committed the unpardonable sin” of lying to God. And then he died.  The Nephites witnessed this and were then overcome by the Spirit themselves.  Can you imagine witnessing such an event?

With this turn of events, Jacob was very pleased to know that Heavenly Father had heard and answered his prayers that the people may know that Sherem was a charlatan and the people were then restored to peace and no longer believed in the words that Sherem had preached.

Following this, the Nephites tried desperately to reach out to the Lamanites to teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ, but they just wanted to be at war and hate the Nephites.  The people of Nephi continued to place their trust in God and protect themselves.

Jacob closes out this chapter by growing old and sharing some sad information about the mourning of the Nephites and how they felt alone in the world, but with God.  Jacob passes down the plates for engraving to his son Enos and gives him the commandments to continue the work.

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Jacob 6

With the Allegory of the Olive Tree right behind me, I’m going to blaze through and get on to Jacob 6 and hopefully before the day is out, find time to finish up the Book of Jacob this evening.  Send me a prayer to get finished, please!

Jacob picks up where Zenos left off and preaches repentance unto the Nephites.  He tells them how merciful God is, and that when Jesus comes for the second and last time, that His people shall go forth and prune the vineyard.  Jacob questions the Nephites and tells of all that they know and what they have learned from him, and all of the prophets that have been before him.  Jacob reminds the people that the only way to be redeemed is through Jesus Christ and the straight and narrow path.

Jacob finishes this chapter with a powerful quote in verse 12 “O be wise; what can I say more?”  I love this quote, Jacob has said all that he can to the Nephites and has shared everything in his power to share and told them all they need to know to come unto Christ and to be saved at the last day, he parts them by reminding them to be wise.

Love, love, love the end of the chapter!

I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Redeemer, Amen.

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Jacob 5

I would like to start this post with a big thank you to Brother Mike Day, my instructor for my Book of Mormon Fundamentals of Religion course.  He has posted a video with a great explanation of Jacob 5, the longest chapter in all of the Book of Mormon.  I could sing his praise all day, he really is a fantastic instructor that goes well beyond his required duty for the benefit of his student.

Let’s venture into this chapter and I plan on focusing more on what this chapter has to tell us than looking for the principles.  This is a really great chapter for symbolism, and I will share what I know as we go along (I learned most of this from Brother Day.)

Jacob is now in possession of the plates of brass, passed to him just prior to the death of Nephi.  Jacob, as instructed, has spent his time preaching and studying these plates for the betterment of himself and the Nephites. Upon the plates of brass are writing from previous prophets, not just Nephi and Lehi, but those that came before in and around Israel.  Zenos, is one of these prophets, a prophet of old.  Jacob is sharing the words of Zenos to remind the Nephites of his teachings.

Jacob 5 has other names, and the other most prevalent name is “The Allegory of the Olive Tree.”  I like the way this sounds, and I have heard the word allegory before, but what does it really mean?  Google saved me and here is their definition. Moving on to much more important things, but one must know the meaning of the title in order to have complete comprehension, and even with understanding of the title, my knowledge is far from complete, but I am learning, and I pray that you are too.

My simplistic view of the verses in hopes to make this allegory make sense:

v3: Jesus Christ took excellent care of the house of Israel, but the people still fell away

v4:  Since the people still fell away, Jesus tried to do everything he could to care for the people by giving them His word, His love, His tenderness and His grace

v5:  Jesus cared for, fed, and loved the people

v6: Some people began to come back to Christ, but many did not and they were still fallen away

v7: Jesus was heart broken, he wants to save everyone so he went to gather others that would believe in him so that he could bring them up, when he did this, He cast out those that would not ever return to him forever.

v8:  Jesus said that he would take many of these new followers and send them wherever it is that he sends them and it doesn’t matter if they are part of his original people of Israel or not, he wants to make sure that they raise up a righteous people.

v9: Take Gentiles or non-Israelites and mix them in with those that still have faith in me and those that have been lost I will cast off forever so that they don’t infest those that still are on the straight and narrow path.

v10: Jesus’ prophet did as he was asked with the new believers

v11: Jesus went to the tree that was dying, as he still hasn’t cast off the bad parts yet, and he told his prophet that he was grieving over the possible loss of his people, so he made sure that he fed them, cared for them, loved them and nourished them some more.  He did all that could be done to try and save them from being destroyed.

v12: Jesus instructs his prophet to watch over the people and make sure to care for the people as he would

v13: Jesus says that he will place some in different places in the world and it doesn’t matter where he sends them, but he will send them elsewhere so that his word and teachings can be preserved and that their children will be reared up in righteousness, he would be grief stricken if he were to lose everyone.

v14: Jesus places people in different parts of the world, some in one place and some in another, wherever he wanted until he was happy with the placements

v15: A very long time went by and Jesus came to his prophet and they went together to check on His people and work with them.

v16: Jesus and the prophet went to the people and the prophet said “look, Jesus, here are your people.”

v17: Jesus looked around and saw the Gentiles and non-Israelites which had been mixed with the Israelites and saw that they were a righteous people, as good as the “original” Israelites.

v18: Jesus said to his prophet the gentiles and non-Israelites are doing great and they are a strong people. Because of their strength, their offspring are also strong and righteous. If we hadn’t mixed them in with the Isarelites, all of my people would have perished. Because of our love to all, we have many righteous people today.

v19: A while later, Jesus said to his prophet, let’s go to the other parts of the world where I placed others and check on them and see if they, too, have brought up righteous children.

v20: And they got to the other parts of the world and discovered that these people were also strong and righteous, I have fed them, cared for them, nourished them, and look; they are doing so well!

v21: The prophet then asked Christ “how come you placed the people here, they are in a horrible place on earth (perhaps for planting crops, or building, or geographically).

v22: Jesus Christ told the prophet do not give me counsel, I knew what I was doing and I took care of them, and loved them, and nourished them, and they are right where they need to be.

v23: Jesus then said to the prophet, look over here, in another place in the world, I put some people here too, and I knew that this place was worse than the one that we just visited, but I loved them, cared for them, and nourished them, and they are flourishing.

v24: Jesus showed the prophet a third place, where the same things have occurred.

v25: Jesus showed the prophet a fourth place and shows that he has placed these people in a good place and he loved the people, fed them, cared for them and nourished them, but they weren’t flourishing like the other people that he had placed about in other parts of the world.

v26: Jesus tells the prophet to get rid of those people in this fourth place that aren’t being righteous and they need to be cast off.

v27: The prophet says, Jesus, let us see if we can repair this problem, let’s feed them, nourish them, care for them, and love them, maybe we can get them to be a righteous people.

v28: Jesus and the prophet care for, love, nourish and feed the people of the fourth location.

v29: A very long time passes away, and Jesus said to his prophet, let’s go check on our people and work with them, the end of time is soon coming and we must make sure that the people are following commandments and being true to myself and God the Father so that they may return to us.

v30: So Jesus and the prophet went among the people of the world and first went to the Israelites and saw that the people had done much work

v31: and Jesus looked over the work of their lives and said I took care of these people, I loved them, fed them, cared for them, nourished them, and they have worked much

v32: Unfortunately, their work is awful. Jesus grieves over the possibility of losing souls because of their horrendous works here on earth.

v33: Jesus asks his prophet what they should do to preserve those that are still being righteous that are among the bad.

v34: The prophet said to Jesus, because you mixed the Gentiles with the Israelites, they have grown

v35: Jesus said to the prophet, these people are not being righteous, they have no good works, only works of the devil.

v36: Jesus continued saying, I know that these original people were good, and I have cared for them this very long time and for this reason (that I love them) and because they are a strong people, the Gentiles among them have brought forth righteousness

v37: But look, the Gentiles have overtaken things here and with that, they have spread evil teachings (obviously, not all gentiles are good, kind of a no-brainer, but thought I’d throw it in there) that all of these people will have to be cast out unless we do something urgently to save them.

v38:Jesus then said to the prophet, let’s go out to the other parts of the world where I planted some of my other  people and make sure they aren’t being evil too.

v39: And then Jesus and the prophet went to visit those in the other parts of the world and found that they too, had become corrupt, even all of them

v40: Everyone across the world that Jesus had tended to over the many, many years had fallen away and spiritually died

v41: Jesus wept and asked his prophet “what more could I have done”

v42: Jesus said I knew everyone except the last  people had become corrupt, and now these people are corrupt too, and now there is nothing left to do except to cast everyone out

v43: and now that they have become corrupt, even though I gave them a great place upon the earth, better than anywhere else

v44: and I made sure that their place was great and I put them here to grow strong

v45: and they were righteous and because unrighteous mingled among them, the unrighteous bled through unto them and now they are all corrupt

v46: even though I took great care of them and fed them and nourished them and loved them, they are no longer righteous, I really wanted to bring them back to Heavenly Father, but since they are now of the world they are of no worth, and must be cast out, I grieve because of this loss

v47: Jesus again asks what more he could have done for his people. He never stopped caring for them, he never stopped nourishing them, he never stopped feeding them, he never stopped loving them and he did so continually for a very very long time.  Jesus grieves over the need to cast them out and asks who corrupted his people?

v48: And then the prophet asked Jesus, is it because of the pride of the people? The natural man has taken over the spiritual side of man, and has grown faster than their spirits.  Is this the reason they are bad now?

v49: Jesus said to the prophet, let us go cast out the people so that they don’t corrupt more people for I have done all that I can for them. What more could I have done?

v50: the prophet then told Jesus to wait just a bit longer

v51: Jesus agreed to wait a little longer because it would grieve him so to lose his people.

v52: Jesus said, let’s take these people in the other parts of the world and mix them up with the people in the first parts of the world see if they become a righteous people again

v53: Jesus said that he will do this to try and save them so that they may return to Heavenly Father

v54: Jesus pretty much says “let’s try this again” so that the people can grow and come unto me and return to the Father

v55: And so Jesus and the prophet moved some of the “original” people and blended them with Gentiles and melded them

v56: And they took some of the original people that had become Gentiles and melded them

v57: Jesus said to the prophet only take the people that are doing good works and blend those people in

v58: Jesus said that they would nourish and care for and love and feed those that are wanting to do good and those that are not willing to do so, those will be the ones that shall be cast out

v59: And Jesus will do this in hope that they will grow in faith and strength and be able to overcome evil and change those that are not so good

v60: And since Jesus has saved them to this point, and he blended the not so good people with the good people that maybe they may all again become a righteous people; and then Jesus would have joy again and celebrate that his people are doing well.

v61: dear prophet, go and call all of our disciples so that we can help make the way and bring forth a righteous people.

v62: and then we will go one last time, because the end of time for man is coming close and this is the last time that I shall work with the people to help them become a righteous people.

v63: we will mix the people all together and we will care for them, nurture them, love them and nourish them and they will be one people.

v64: so let’s get to it, let us take care of them this one last time and then my prophet, you will pave the way for them so that they may become a righteous people, show them how.

v65: and when they grow, if they become bad, get rid of the places where the evil grows so that they do not interfere with those that are righteous; I do not want to lose all of my people

v66: Jesus would grieve if he lost all of his people, so let the evil be, and keep them away from the good people until the good overcome the bad and then the bad will be cast out forever so that they can no longer interfere with the righteous.

v67: I will then bring back my “original” people to the place of their birth.

v68: and these people will be put into the group with all of my people and they will all be righteous and be one people

v69: and the evil people will be cast away forever.

v70: and Jesus sent his prophet and the prophet went and got other prophets and there were only a few of them

v71: and Jesus said to these choice men, go and talk to the world with everything you have, teach them, nourish them, feed them, love them, care for them and show them the way back to me and the Father, the end of time is near, work with all that you have and do your best so that these people will come back to me.

v72: and the prophets went and did what Jesus asked them to do and the prophets obeyed all of the commandments given them

v73: And there began to be people following Christ once again and they were multiplying and doing very well and they were over taking those that were evil.

v74: and the prophets worked hard and worked according to the commandments given to them from Christ, until they had rid all the evil and once again all of the people on the earth were righteous, and these were the people that were most precious unto Christ since the beginning of time.

v75: and then Jesus saw that everything was good and he called to the prophets and said to them, everything is done and I have save those that are righteous, just like it was in the beginning and you, prophets are blessed because you worked so hard with my people, kept my commandments and brought righteous people unto me and you will have joy with me because you worked so hard.

v76: In a very long time to come, I will bring up the people again to the Father, and this time comes fast, I have finished my work helping the righteous, I will keep these righteous for a long time to myself

v77: and when the time comes that evil people shall again come into the world, I will make the b\good and the bad mix together and then I will save the good and cast out the bad forever and this will be the end.

This post is not perfect and is my very own translation and has no other backing from a religious group or otherwise.  I have interpreted the writing of Zenos on my own and put it into words that I find are easier to understand for myself and perhaps to others who have difficulty understanding this original writing.  This chapter can be read and re-read for more and deeper understanding and I would encourage everyone to do so. Thank you for reading, I leave this long post with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Jacob 4

Before I get started on this next chapter, please forgive me for not getting this in my last post; Happy 240th Birthday Marines!  I am honored to have some of you in my life today and blessed with your protection over my family.  Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, so please watch for a word there from my heart.

I have wondered in days past, exactly what Jacob shares in the beginning of Jacob 4.  It is difficult and very time consuming to engrave upon the plates, so the things that are engraved, are most precious; we should not take them lightly.

The rest of this chapter is just simply wonderful.  Jacob tells us how strong and capable God is, he explains that if God can create the earth with a command of his voice, than he can surely run things here on earth as well.  He further preaches to the Nephites that they must repent or be reconciled before God so that they can return to him.  He speaks of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and that humans must have a perfect knowledge of Him in order to be resurrected.

The closing of this chapter speaks of the Jews in Jerusalem at the time of Christ’s ministry and crucifixion and of how He is rejected.  Jacob has a sound question, how can one build on the foundation of Christ if He has been rejected?

Jacob finishes by telling us that he will “unfold this mystery unto you” in verse 18.  I look forward to the next chapter, and I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Jacob 3

As I go through Jacob 3 I am looking for principles.  I am writing while reading today, because I felt prompted to do so, I usually read through an entire chapter before writing and searching text.

This chapter starts with Jacob saying that he is speaking to those that are pure in heart and he reminds those that are pure in heart that Heavenly Father will be with them in their rime of need if they continue to look to Him and to pray with faith. Verse 2 says “O all ye that are pure in heart, lift up your heads and receive the pleasing word of God, and feast upon his love;” are you looking up to Him and feasting upon his love if you are pure in heart?  I know that I do not always, and am happy with this reminder today.

  • Principle 1: God’s is unchanging and He will love us through thick and thin- don’t ever think otherwise.images

Verse 3 starts off with the second principle in this chapter:

  • Principle 2: “Wo, wo unto you that are not pure in heart”

Verse 4 gives us the third principle:

  • Principle 3: Repent, repent, repent

Verse 5 with number four:

  • One man and one woman, no other forms of sexual relationships should be had, in or outside of marriage.

Verse 7 with number 5:

  • Husbands are to love their wives, wives to love their husbands, and parents to love their children

In verse 9 Jacob give the Nephites a commandment, as he has been referencing the Lamanites, he tells his people that they are not to revile against the Lamanites, but to revile themselves because they are not perfect either.  Jacob continues in the chapter to encourage the Nephites to get up and get moving, do not wait until it is too late, you have got to repent and follow that straight and narrow path today!

As Jacob is wrapping up this chapter, he writes something that I believe to be of great importance in verse 12  which reads: “And now I, Jacob, spake many more things unto the people of Nephi, warning them against fornication and lasciviousness, and every kind of sin, telling them the awful consequences of them.”  Jacob love the people so much, that he took the time to spell out every kind of sin to them so that they would clearly know if they were choosing right from wrong.  He clearly stood for Jesus Christ and was bidding his work and fulfilling his calling to the best of his ability.  I know that he was a prophet of God, as this has been impressed upon my heart today.

I am so very thankful for the gift of the standard works and the opportunity to attend Pathway and the encouragement that this program has brought into my life.  I write this in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Jacob 2

Jacob 2 continues where Jacob 1 left off; Jacob is denouncing the love of riches, pride and immoral sexual practices.  In verse three, Jacob says that he is “weighed down with much more desire and anxiety of the welfare of your souls.”  Can you imagine having to fill or feel as if you need to fill the shoes of the previous prophet who was beloved?  I can imagine that Jacob was overwhelmed and with the blessings from Heavenly Father that he felt a great burden to ensure that his brothers people, his people, are cared for and have all of the knowledge that they need in order to return to the Celestial Kingdom.

Verse four pretty much lays out a blatant truth and Jacob is straight forward with the people.  He tells them that they are failing to keep the commandments of God which he has shared with them.  He explains to the people that he wants to share glad tidings with them, but because of their behaviors, he has been instructed to share other information instead, which is much less pleasing.  Jacob tells everyone that if they obtain riches that they must part with what they have in excess and share with others, in other words – don’t be greedy and prideful, make sure that everyone has what they need especially if you have more than what you need.  And do not think yourself better than any other person because you have and they have not, humble yourself, as you are a child of God, just as the next person is.  Each person is the same in the eyes of God, so don’t go thinking that you’re better than anyone else.  Lastly, Jacob shares this principle: one man and one woman.  Jacob goes into a bit more detail, specifically telling men to not have more than one wife and to have no concubines.  He even goes so far as to tell the men that they are breaking the hearts of their wives and setting a horrific example to their children by not obeying this law.

I like this chapter, a great “back to the basics” that can be put in to each of our daily lives as reminders to be charitable to those that we can reach and to keep our covenants with Heavenly Father.

I write this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Jacob 1

This week I will begin (and finish) the Book of Jacob, which is the third book chronologically in the Book of Mormon.  I am also using the principle study skill.  As I was sitting waiting oh so patiently at the orthodontist office with my second eldest daughter and my three year old running laps around the waiting room (yes, I’m that mom that lets her child run after a 90 minute car ride) I was able to get some reading in, which is always a good thing that I remember to take my scriptures with me on days like this.

Jacob is one of the younger brothers of Nephi who left with him when the Nephites went their own way to prevent Nephi’s murder.  As this chapter opens, we learn that 55 years had passed since the time that their father Lehi had left Jerusalem at the Lord’s command.  Jacob then explains his purpose in writing on the small plates- a commandment given to him from his older brother Nephi.  I didn’t first see this when I was reading through 1 Nephi or 2 Nephi, but as I am learning, I can now see how this is actually a principle of the gospel.  Jacob says in verse 2 “I should write upon these plates a few of the things which I considered to be most precious; that I should not touch, save it were lightly concerning the history of this people which are called the people of Nephi.” He continues in verse four: “And if there were preaching which was sacred, or revelation which was great, or prophesying, that I should engraven the heads of them upon these plates, and touch upon them as much as it were possible, for Christ’s sake, and for the sake of our people.”  As I was sitting in that orthodontist office lobby, it hit me: this is the same thing that Nephi said.  This is a principle of the gospel.  We should only be sharing those things that are sacred, great revelation and most precious!

Jacob, is a great missionary, along with his brother Joseph, as he says “we”; referring to himself and his younger brother.  Jacob and Joseph preach to the people and “labored diligently” to try and bring Nephites to Christ.  These men understood that it was their duty to share the gospel and to get others to understand that Christ will come and that His blood will be shed for their sins.

In verse nine, Nephi appoints another man to be king in his place and we learn that every man that is to follow Nephi in this seat will also be called Nephi.  A legacy to his name.  Nephi’s mortal life ends in verse twelve.

Jacob shares with us another important gospel principle starting in verse fifteen and continuing through the end of the chapter.  Greed and pride have no place in our hearts. Jacob and Joseph do their best to teach the word of God to those that they can reach through their office as priesthood holders so that they would not be help responsible of the sins of others at the last day.

This wraps up the chapter in two principles.  Chapter 2 has more to bring though, so stay tuned.

I write this in the name if my Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

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