Scripture Stories
Chapter 10: Jacob and Sherem

“Chapter 10: Jacob and Sherem,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 27–29

“Chapter 10,” Book of Mormon Stories, 27–29

Chapter 10

Jacob and Sherem

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Before Nephi died he gave the plates he had written on to his younger brother Jacob. Jacob was righteous.

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Nephi told Jacob to write the things that would help the people believe in Jesus Christ.

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Nephi gave Jacob the power to be a priest in the Church and to teach the Nephites the word of God.

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After Nephi died many of the Nephites became wicked. Jacob taught the people and told them to repent of the bad things they were doing.

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A wicked man named Sherem went among the Nephites, teaching them not to believe in Jesus Christ.

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Sherem told the people that there would be no Christ. Many people believed Sherem.

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Jacob taught the people to believe in Christ. Sherem wanted to argue with Jacob and persuade him that there would be no Christ.

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Jacob’s faith in Jesus Christ could not be shaken. He had seen angels and had heard the Lord’s voice. He knew Jesus would come.

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The Holy Ghost was with Jacob as he bore his testimony of Jesus Christ to Sherem.

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Sherem asked to see a sign. He wanted Jacob to prove there is a God. He wanted to see a miracle.

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Jacob would not ask God for a sign. He said Sherem already knew that what Jacob had taught was true.

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Jacob said if God struck Sherem, that would be a sign of God’s power.

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Sherem immediately fell down. He could not get up for many days.

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Sherem was weak and knew he was going to die. He called the people together.

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He told them he had lied. He said they should believe in Jesus Christ.

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After Sherem finished talking to the people, he died. The people felt God’s power, and they fell to the ground.

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The people began to repent and read the scriptures. They lived in peace and love. Jacob was happy and knew that God had answered his prayers.