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"This Commandment They Observe to Keep," Jacob 3:3-14

Jacob 3:3-9

The more that I am experiencing this reality of the world that I am currently a part of, and the more that I consider the direction of the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days, it all makes perfect sense. For example, the revelation of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" that emphasized the importance of family in all countries and societies. We are only fifteen years from the time that that came about. Never has its warnings and instruction been more needed than now.

Yet family, and the preservation of family has always been important to God and his prophets. The preservation of the Lamanites was based in part on the fact that they honored among themselves the basic structure of family. This they did by not violating commandments of fidelity and chastity among husbands and wives.

Jacob observes in verse 7 how among the Lamanites, their husbands and wives love each other, and both husbands and wives love their children. Perhaps those he was speaking to didn't fully grasp the significance of this statement. Jacob goes on to state how because of the Nephites' iniquities that they had destroyed the confidence of their own children (see vs. 10).

All sin is the result of selfishness on the part of the person committing it. It effects others. The sins of infidelity and  immorality are so serious in part because it is targeted at destroying the family--the institution that God has created to facilitate salvation among his children on earth.


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