Study Question: What are some of the ways we can show that we take our covenants with the Lord seriously?
Summary: In these chapters, we read of a sermon being taught by Nephi’s younger brother, Jacob. The sermon involves prophecies about the reassuring fate of those who will follow the Lord, and the fearful fate of those who will not; during the times of Jesus’ mortal ministry as well as the latter-day dispensation, especially. It is important to note that we are warned about the consequences of not following the Lord, to allow us to avoid choosing the wrong path, but also to give us a chance to change our ways and come unto the Lord, if need be. He is loving and merciful to those who come unto Him and take our covenants with him seriously.
Scripture: “Therefore, the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy and holiness shall be upon their heads; and they shall obtain gladness and joy; sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”
Emily H: I think that one of the ways we show our seriousness can be said in a simple way, but isn’t in actuality simple: keep those covenants. It is an easy, simple, one-line goal, but the effort and conscious thought that it takes to keep our dear covenants is sometimes overwhelming. Peer pressure and our own thoughts (enhanced by the adversary) are constantly fighting against who the Lord wants us to be, and that is a lifelong battle. Some times are easier than others, and leaning on the Lord for strength and comfort and the feeling of peace are always available as we show our effort and commitment to keeping those sacred covenants.
Rachael D: It says in chapter 6 that the people of the Lord are not ashamed, this is one way we show how committed we are to our covenants