The prophet Jacob warned against love of riches, pride, unchastity, and racial prejudice (Jacob 2:12–16, 22–23; 3:5, 9). After calling his people to repentance, he ended his sermon by testifying of the hope of forgiveness through the Atonement. How can we obtain the hope in Christ that Jacob spoke of? (See Jacob 4:4–12.)
Jacob rebuked the Nephite men for their mistreatment of their wives and children (Jacob 2:9, 31–32, 35). Latter-day Church leaders have also given strong warnings against abuse of any kind. The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve have warned that “individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).
Suggestion for Family Discussion
Have family members read Jacob 2:35. Then ask the following questions:
What are some things we might do or say that could break the hearts of others? What can we do to bring greater unity and love into our home?