2 Nephi 9:12
12 And this death of which I have spoken, which is the spiritual death, shall deliver up its dead; which spiritual death is hell; wherefore, death and hell must deliver up their dead, and hell must deliver up its captive spirits, and the grave must deliver up its captive bodies, and the bodies and the spirits of men will be restored one to the other; and it is by the power of the resurrection of the Holy One of Israel.
Nephi’s brother Jacob taught his people many wonderful things about Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah prophesied about Jesus Christ, and his words were found on the Brass Plates. Nephi and Jacob loved reading the scriptures from the Brass Plates. Jacob read some of those words to the people, and then he explained what they meant.
Jacob taught that Jesus Christ would live among the Jews, but even though Jesus would be born far away, God would not forget them. Jesus Christ, who Jacob also called “The Holy One of Israel”, would provide an infinite atonement, which means it would be available to everyone! Jesus Christ would live on earth and be crucified, but he would be resurrected, conquering death and allowing us to be resurrected too someday. Through His atonement, we can also be forgiven of our sins and saved from a “spiritual death” if we repent and try to live righteously. May we be always grateful for this wonderful gift from our Savior, so we can say, as Jacob did, “O how great the goodness of our God”! (2 Nephi 9:10)
“Jacob’s testimony was that ‘the Mighty God’ will always deliver ‘his covenant people’ and that the Mighty God is, by his own divine declaration, the Lord God Jesus Christ, the ‘Savior . . . and Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.’ At the heart of the covenant and the reason for such rejoicing is the atoning sacrifice of that ‘Mighty God’ who is the Savior and Redeemer of the world.” Elder Jeffery R. Holland
What did Nephi and Jacob learn by reading the Brass Plates? (Discuss ideas)
How is the Savior’s Atonement infinite? (Discuss ideas)
What gifts do we have because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ? (Discuss ideas)
Why is it important to live righteously if Jesus atoned for our sins? (Discuss ideas.)
How does our knowledge of Jesus Christ and the Atonement bring us joy? (Discuss ideas)
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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