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A Musical Tour of Jacob

Jacob 2:17-19

Nephi’s brother Jacob was concerned because the people began to care about their possessions more than they cared about each other.  He taught them a Zion attitude: “Think of your brethren like unto yourselves, and be familiar with all, and free with your substance, that they may be rich like unto you.”

John Canaan sings the very moving “Because I have Been Given Much,” accompanied by heart-wrenching photos.  (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 219; text by Grace Noll Crowell, 1877-1969; music by Phillip Landgrave, b. 1935)

Jacob 4:3

Jacob expressed how difficult it was to write on plates, and then explained why he did it:  “Now in this thing we do rejoice; and we labor diligently to engraven these words upon plates, hoping that our beloved brethren and our children will receive them with thankful hearts, and look upon them that they may learn with joy and not with sorrow, neither with contempt, concerning their first parents.”

“Receive These Words with Grateful Hearts,” by Marilyn Arnold and Maurine Ozment, in Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 2

Receive these words with grateful hearts, these words from plates of gold,

Engraven here at God’s command by prophets, seers of old.

We write for you in later times as witness of our faith

That Christ, our Lord, Begotten Son, would come to conquer death.

Jacob 4:3

In the Book of Mormon, Jacob explained that they kept a record so that their children would know of their fathers, and particularly of their faith.  He wrote to bring people to Christ.

Alessandra Sorace sings a very stirring “Find Us Faithful,” by Steve Green.

We’re pilgrims on the journey

Of the narrow road

And those who’ve gone before us line the way

Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary

Their lives a stirring testament to God’s sustaining grace

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses

Let us run the race not only for the prize

But as those who’ve gone before us

Let us leave to those behind us

The heritage of faithfulness

Passed on through godly lives

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

May the fire of our devotion light their way

May the footprints that we leave

Lead them to believe

And the lives we live inspire them to obey

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone

And our children sift through all we’ve left behind

May the clues that they discover

And the memories they uncover

Become the light that leads them

To the road we each must find

Steve Green sings “Find Us Faithful” on his album “Hymns.”

Jacob 7:25

The Book of Mormon tells how the children of Laman and Lemuel, called Lamanites, became enemies of the Nephites:  “Wherefore, the people of Nephi did fortify against them with their arms, and with all their might, trusting in the God and Rock of their salvation; wherefore, they became as yet, conquerors of their enemies.”

Chris Rice sings “Rock of Ages.” (Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - 1985, p. 111; text by Augustus M. Toplady, 1740-1778; music by Thomas Hastings 1784-1872)

Jacob 7:26

Jacob described his feelings as an immigrant to the Promised Land:  “The time passed away with us, and also our lives passed away like as it were unto us a dream, we being a lonesome and a solemn people, wanderers, cast out from Jerusalem, born in tribulation, in a wilderness, and hated of our brethren, which caused wars and contentions; wherefore, we did mourn out our days.”

Libera sings “Wayfaring Stranger.”  (An American Folksong) from their album “Angels Sing.”

Marilyn Arnold • John Canaan • Steve Green

Libera • Maurine Ozment • Chris Rice

Sacred Songs of the Book of Mormon

Alessandra Sorace

2 Nephi Enos