FLDS Priesthood History for 5th - 8th Grade StudentsTaught by Warren Jeffs - Alta Academy (Sandy, Utah)Tape # 11 – December 4, 1995Subject: The Prophet Jacob
These great prophets are today Gods in the celestial kingdom. The stories we tell of them -we are trying to understand how they became a God so we can also become like them. Every prophet has the character of God. Today, you can understand President Jeffs by reading of these prophets.In the story of Jacob, he married both Rachel and Leah after working for their father for seven years. He had to work another seven years after receiving both ladies
as wives. There is agreat lesson here, for we see in this story what happens when there is jealousy between wives. Wefind how the children are affected in a family when wives do not love each other and rejoice in eachother. Jacob had to be with Leah for a week, then after a week he got Rachel.We read in this story how the women felt, but we really never get the truth of how the father,Jacob felt about these situations. Rachel and Leah were upset at each other a lot. Jacob loved Rachelmost, but the Lord closed her womb so she could not have children for a long time. Leah had thefirst four children. Rachel was jealous and Jacob reproved her. Rachel gave Jacob her servant girl to be his wife, to bear children for her (Rachel). Remember, Jacob did only what the Lord told him. InRachel's eyes, she wanted to have this happen, but Jacob would not do such a thing except the Lordwould have him do it. So he married Bilhah and she had sons.
In Rachel's eyes, the childrenbelonged to her. In the priesthood eyes, they always belong to the father.
When Leah sawRachel's servant having children, she took her servant girl, Zilpah, and told Jacob to take her aswife. In Leah's eyes, it was Leah who gave the girl to Jacob. Jacob only did what the Lordcommanded him to do.We see the jealousy, the fighting between these women. They were trying to have Jacob docertain things, and that's what happens with jealousy in women. They feel like they can influencethe husband with their feelings. Leah told Jacob, "You get to be with me instead of Rachel." Thechallenge Jacob had with these wives was, they had been raised as gentiles. Their father worshippedidols. They did not have a priesthood connection until they married Jacob. This challenge betweenthe wives was Jacob trying to work with them and teach them that they had to love one another.Jacob didn't do just what his wives told him. He did what he had to, to keep the peace in the family.The children grew up seeing the fighting between the mothers and for
many years, the sons hadfeelings against the other mother, Rachel. I voice this so you can understand what happened withthe son of Rachel, when he was born. After Rachel was humble and sweet and finally could love her sister wife, then the Lord sent a son to her. Seventeen years later Rachel died bringing forth her sonBenjamin.These twelve sons are the head of the twelve tribes of Israel, with the exception of Reuben,who touched his sister Dinah, and one of his mothers in an evil way. He was an immoral man, wholost his right to be a head of one of the tribes. The twelve tribes of Israel are the eleven sons, withtwo sons of Joseph - Ephraim and Manasa. Jacob saw that he had to leave Laban in order to unitehis family. It took twenty years for him to unite his wives around him. Before that, their jealousy