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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.”

Because I have Been Given Much

John Canaan

text by Grace Noll Crowell; music by Phillip Landgrave

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.

Find Us Faithful

Alessandra Sorace

Composer 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

Jacob 5:72

Jacob said, “The servants did go and labor with their mights; and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them; and they did obeyt he commandments of the Lord of the vineyard in all things.”

Find the Power


I look around

And see what I’ve been given.

And I think about the ones before

Who gave their lives and died for the cause.

I think about

This blessed Restoration,

And the truth that’s come from heaven

With the power to change the lives of this world.

Here we are

In a time of revelation

With the answers we can give the world

To the questions of just why they are here.

Who are we

To dismiss this charge to others?

It’s a sacred obligation

And a privilege to be helping the Lord.

Find the power that you

Have in your heart.

There’s a stone rolling forward,

It’s the nation of God.

For the battle is raging

And the armor is strong.

The enemy is losing:

Whose side are you on?

Take a stand

With the Author of Salvation

And choose your destination

By remembering where it is you belong.

Move ahead

With a strong determination,

Giving heed to the direction

And obeying the commands of the Lord.

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.”

Rock of Ages

Chris Rice

text by Augustus M. Toplady; music by Thomas Hastings

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.”

Wayfaring Stranger


An American Folksong

2 Nephi Enos