In the Book of Mormon we're introduced to Sherem,
the first of many individuals who rebelled against the Lord and His Church
by teaching false or misleading doctrines to the Nephites.
But his ministry would not last long. In his confrontation with the prophet Jacob,
Sherem denied the divinity of Christ and demanded a sign.
Jacob then recorded that the “power of the Lord came upon [Sherem], insomuch that he fell to the earth.”
After a period of being nourished by the Nephites, Sherem, likely with sincere reflection,
called for the people to gather together around him, and he “denied the things which he had taught them,
and confessed the Christ, and the power of the Holy Ghost, and the ministry of angels.”
Because of the fact that Sherem sought to deceive the Nephites,
we may wonder who nourished him during that time.
Was it Jacob or others among the Nephites?
In addition to taking care of his physical needs, did they also nourish him spiritually,
teaching him the scriptures and doctrines that he had misunderstood?
Like those who cared for Sherem, we should never give up on friends or loved ones who
may have been caught in the worldly wake of false doctrine and sophistry.
Our love, selfless service, and example can make a difference in helping to restore peace
and the love of God among our communities.
The Savior counseled the Nephites concerning those who have strayed:
“Nevertheless, ye shall not cast [them] out of your synagogues,
or your places of worship, and unto such shall ye continue to minister;
for ye know not but what they will return and repent, and come unto me with full purpose of heart,
and I shall heal them; and ye shall be the means of bringing salvation unto them.”
And now you know why.