Sherem the Anti-Christ
The Land of Nephi
Some years later, a man named Sherem arrives, and starts teaching unchristian doctrines.
Sherem knows that Jacob is a firm believer, and wants to challenge his faith.
Sherem approaches Jacob and accuses him of teaching falsehoods about a supposed Christ.
Jacob asks Sherem if he denies the Christ; Sherem does.
Sherem claims to believe the scriptures; Jacob replies that Sherem must not understand the scriptures, because they teach of Christ.
Sherem asks for a sign from heaven.
Jacob rebukes him for sign–seeking, but prays for the Lord’s will to be done.
Sherem suddenly falls to the ground, apparently paralyzed by God’s power—he tells everyone to gather the next day to hear what he has to say.
The next day, a crowd of people gather to hear the incapacitated Sherem; he confesses he was lying and was wrong to deny the Christ.
Upon his confession, Sherem drops dead—the crowd is shocked.
Jacob is pleased with the subsequent belief and faith of the people.
Nephite Civilization Progress