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

    Nephi giving plates to Jacob

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

    Jacob writing on plates

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

    Nephi blesing Jacob

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

    Jacob teaching people

    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.

    Sherem teaching

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


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

    Sherem arguing with Jacob

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

    Jacob and Sherem

    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.

    Jacob testifying to Sherem

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

    Sherem asking for sign

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


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

    Jacob and Sherem

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

    Sherem falling down

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


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

    Sherem talking to people

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


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

    Jacob with others

    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.