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The Lord needs valiant servants, To do his work in the latter day, Who follow the teachings of Jesus And serve his people in a loving way. I will be his.

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2 The Lord needs valiant servants, To do his work in the latter day, Who follow the teachings of Jesus And serve his people in a loving way. I will be his servant And keep my cov’nants valiantly. I’ll stand for truth. I’ll stand for right. The Lord can depend on me. Words and music: Vanja Y. Watkins, b © 1981 IRI wma mp3wav

3 TTTTry to break this piece of thread. NNNNow, try to break this piece of rope.

4  We can all develop strong testimonies that will help us when others try to challenge us and our beliefs or try to deceive us.  Our testimonies start like single pieces of thread but can be strengthened until they become unbreakable.

5 Our lesson today is about Jacob, whose testimony was unbreakable.

6  The ship carrying Lehi’s family crossed the ocean and arrived at the promised land. LLLLehi grew old. Before he died he talked to his sons and told them to obey God’s commandments.

7  After Lehi died Laman and Lemuel became angry with Nephi for urging them to keep the commandments.  They did not want Nephi, their younger brother, to be their leader.

8  The Lord told Nephi to lead the righteous people into the wilderness. TTTThey traveled for many days and finally stopped at a land they named Nephi. TTTThey called themselves the people of Nephi.

9  The people who followed Nephi obeyed God.  They worked hard and were blessed.  Nephi taught his people to build with wood and metal. They built a beautiful temple.

10  Laman and Lemuel’s followers were called Lamanites.  They did not obey the commandments.  They became lazy and wicked and cut themselves off from the Lord’s help and guidance.

11  The Lamanites were cursed by God. Their skin became darkened to remind the Nephites to not intermarry or mix with them. TTTThe Lamanites hated the Nephites and wanted to destroy them.

12 “Lesson 8: The Prophet Jacob Is Confronted by Sherem,” Primary 4: Book of Mormon, (1997),25 Adaptation from “A New Home in the Promised Land,” Book of Mormon Stories, Ch 9, p 25&26 Adaptation from “Jacob and Sherem,” Book of Mormon Stories, Ch 10, p 27-29

13  Nephi led his people in righteousness and helped protect them from the Lamanites.  Eventually, Nephi grew old.  He gave the plates he had written on to his younger brother Jacob.

14  Nephi told Jacob to write the things that would help the people believe in Jesus Christ. NNNNephi also gave the historical and scriptural records to Jacob.  Jacob was righteous.

15  Nephi consecrated Jacob to be a priest in the Church and to teach the Nephites the word of God.  After Nephi died many of the Nephites became wicked.  Jacob taught the people.

16  He told them to repent of the bad things they were doing.  A wicked man named Sherem went among the Nephites, teaching them not to believe in Jesus Christ.

17  Sherem told the people that there would be no Christ.  Many people believed Sherem.  Jacob taught the people to believe in Christ.

18  Sherem wanted to argue with Jacob and persuade him that there would be no Christ.  Jacob’s  Jacob’s faith in Jesus Christ could not be shaken.  Jacob had seen angels and had heard the Lord’s voice.  He knew Jesus would come.

19  The Holy Ghost was with Jacob as he bore his testimony of Jesus Christ to Sherem.  Sherem asked to see a sign. He wanted Jacob to prove there is a God. He wanted to see a miracle.

20  He said Sherem already knew that what Jacob had taught was true. JJJJacob said if God struck Sherem, that would be a sign of God’s power.  Jacob would not ask God for a sign.

21  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.

22  Sherem told them he had lied.  He said they should believe in Jesus Christ.  After Sherem finished talking to the people, he died.  The  The people felt God’s power, and they fell to the ground.

23  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.

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25  Who was Jacob?  About how many years before Christ’s birth did Jacob and Sherem live? (See the bottom of the page in Jacob 7.)

26  How did Jacob know about Jesus Christ, who had not been born yet?  Let’s read Jacob 7:5, 10–12 Jacob 7:5, 10–12 Jacob 7:5, 10–12

27  What did Sherem do to try to convince the people that Jesus Christ would not come?  Let’s read Jacob 7:2–4 Jacob 7:2–4 Jacob 7:2–4  What does it mean to use flattery?

28  Who influenced Sherem?  Let’s read Jacob 7:4, 18 Jacob 7:4, 18Jacob 7:4, 18  How does Satan try to influence us?  What were some of Sherem’s lies?  Let’s read Jacob 7:7, 9–10, 19 Jacob 7:7, 9–10, 19Jacob 7:7, 9–10, 19

29 WWWWhy was Jacob able to withstand the evil influence of Sherem? LLLLet’s read J J J J J aaaa cccc oooo bbbb :::: 5555,,,, ,,,, –––– AAAAlthough we may not see angels or hear God’s voice, what can we do to be strong when people tempt us to do wrong?

30  Why didn’t Jacob want to show Sherem a sign?  Let’s read Jacob 7:13–14 Jacob 7:13–14Jacob 7:13–14  Why isn’t seeking signs a good way to gain a testimony of Christ?  Let’s read D&C 63:7–12 D&C 63:7–12D&C 63:7–12

31  Signs may come after we demonstrate faith and obedience, but we should not seek them. WWWWhat have we learned in our past lessons about Laman and Lemuel’s lack of faith even though they had seen signs?

32  What effect did Sherem’s confession and death have on the people?  Let’s read Jacob 7:21–23 Jacob 7:21–23Jacob 7:21–23  Why do we need to have strong testimonies of Jesus Christ?  How can we gain and strengthen our testimonies of the Savior?

33 I will write your responses on the chalkboard. Enr. Act. 2 Find ways you can strengthen your testimony of Jesus Christ in these scriptures: One group will read Alma 5:46 Alma 5:46 Alma 5:46 One group will read Alma 5:46 Alma 5:46 Alma 5:46 One group will read Alma 37:35 Alma 37:35 Alma 37:35 One group will read Alma 37:35 Alma 37:35 Alma 37:35

34  How can we share our testimonies with others?  Why do our testimonies grow stronger when we bear them to others?

35  It is important to gain and strengthen your testimony of Jesus Christ so that you can withstand the evil influences around you.  I bear testimony that Jesus Christ is our Savior and is the Son of our Heavenly Father.

36  I challenge you to choose one way to strengthen your testimony.  Write  Write it on a piece of paper as a reminder to take home and work on during the week.

37  Images and clipart are from lds.org, Microsoft Office, and other websites indicating the images were in the public domain or permitted for church and home use.  The hymns, lesson and scripture story are from lds.org.  Please do not use this presentation for commercial use. Feel free to alter the presentation for use in church or home to suit personal preference.  This presentation is intended to supplement, not replace, the lesson manual and scriptures. Teachers should refer to the manual, scriptures and other resources when preparing and conducting the lesson.

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