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Lesson 8-1: The Ways of Life and Death: Jacob's Explanation
|Lesson 8-1: The Ways of Life and Death: Jacob's Explanation
|Year of Publication
|Welch, John W., Greg Welch, and Jasmin Gimenez Rappleye
|Jacob (Son of Lehi); Opposition; Two Ways
In the blessing he received from his father Lehi, Jacob was told that “there is an opposition in all things” (2 Nephi 2:11). Characteristic of his writing style, Jacob’s exposition in 2 Nephi 9 of the ways of life and death is an extensive meditation on how our desires ultimately lead us to either spiritual life or death. As this chart shows, Jacob focuses on the inward state of the souls who choose either of these divergent paths. Jacob presents as options only paradise and endless torment as places where a soul may go after final judgment.
Originally published as Chart 5-68 in Welch, John W. and Greg Welch. The Ways of Life and Death: Jacob's Explanation. Provo, UT: Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1999.
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