Jacob’s Second Sermon

Jacob delivered the second of his sermons which are recorded in the Book of Mormon just after the death of his brother, Nephi. He did not enjoy giving this sermon, which was a firm call to repentance for many of the people. But he delivered it anyway, knowing that he was accountable to God because of his responsibility as a teacher. (Jacob 1:18-19)

Here’s an outline of the sermon:

  1. Introduction: I am required by God to deliver this message to you. “It grieveth me that I must use so much boldness of speech concerning you,” but God has commanded me to warn you that “ye are beginning to labor in sin.” (Jacob 2:2-11)
  2. Sin #1: Pride – Some of you think that you are better than those who are poorer than you. “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.” (Jacob 2:12-19)
  3. Sin #2: Adultery – Many of you have begun to justify sexual sin on the grounds that your ancestors had many wives and concubines. “There shall not any man among you have save it be one wife; and concubines he shall have none.” Think of the impact your infidelity has on your closest relationships. (Jacob 2:20-35)
  4. To you who are pure in heart: “look unto God with firmness of mind.” He will bless you. (Jacob 3:1-2)
  5. Follow the example of your enemies the Lamanites, who are faithful to their wives and children. (Jacob 3:3-9)
  6. Final plea: remember your children; wake up and repent.