Study Question: Why do you think it is important that we “magnify our office” in order to help in others’ salvation? (Reflect on verse 19)
Summary (Ezster K) When I started reading The Book of Mormon for the very first time as an investigator, I thought it was a really sweet history book, up until The Book of Jacob! His words, however complicated they become in later chapters, were like a song to my soul! So I am really excited to start off with Jacob 1 for you all!
Since it’s an entirely new book, we know that someone has passed on the responsibilities of keeping and writing the small plates, as well as theses plates that became the BoM. Nephi passes away and asks his younger brother, Jacob to “write upon the plates”. Having received many revelations, they are trying to persuade all men to follow Christ and repent. In this period of time they have decided to call all people that followed Nephi and the Lord; Nephites (instead of Jacobites, Josephites, etc), and the wicked Lamanites. Interestingly, once the prophet dies, more people become wicked or start to lose their faith in the gospel. Therefore, Jacob and his brother, Joseph urgently teach the members to remain faithful in the covenants (“[…] gave unto them these words as I taught them in the temple.”).
Daily Scripture: Jacob 1:15: “And now it came to pass that the people of Nephi, under the reign of the second king, began to grow hard in their hearts, and indulge themselves somewhat in wicked practices, such as like unto David of old desiring many wives and concubines, and also Solomon, his son.”
Rachael D: In verse 18, Nephi sets apart Jacob and Joseph to be teachers. He needs help and responsibility is delegated through callings. In verse 7, Jacob labours diligently to persuade people to come unto Christ and partake of the goodness of God that they might enter into his rest. Jacob was diligent and magnified his calling in verse 19. When we are diligent in our callings we teach others and give them the opportunity to make a choice and to act. We are the hands of Christ and I’m sure he would be diligent. As we serve Christ we become more like him.