Sun - Mar 30, 2008 : 12:31 pm
I've often wondered why this chapter isn't included in chapter 2. They both seem to go on about the evils of Jacob's audience. This chapter even goes further to say that the Lamanites at this time were more righteous than the Nephites because they have only one wife, and the husbands love their wives and children. They also are wicked only because their fathers taught them to be so, while the Nephites are wicked because they chose to be wicked.
I believe the answer to my question, though, comes from the first 2 verses of this chapter.
When I was going to Ricks College (now BYU Idaho) in 1993, I had a pretty eye-opening experience with these verses.
I was on my way back to Idaho after spending a weekend at home. I was with some wonderful people in the car, and they were listening to a tape of John Bytheway talking about ... something. I really have no idea what tape it was, or what he was talking about, but he referenced Jacob 3:1-2, and when he quoted it, I was mesmerized.
When I arrived home, I read it. Then I read it again. I tried to comprehend what it meant when it said, "for ye may, if your minds are firm, forever.", referencing the love of God.
I knew the love of God. I knew it from my parents, teachers, and from personal experience through reading the scriptures. I just couldn't believe that the scriptures were telling me that I could feast upon that love forever, if my mind was firm.
At the moment I read it, and for a couple of hours afterward, I was wrapped up in the Spirit of Christ, and I loved every minute of it. I pondered that verse and I believe my testimony grew a lot that day.
Good memories of those two verses.
Kind of like a shining light for the righteous midst the verses before and after full of chastisement of the wicked.