We learn in the first verse that Jacob's effect on his son Enos was great. Enos may not have agreed with his father or followed him in his younger years, but what he did know what that his dad was a just man. He knew his dad was a teacher, and he often spoke to his son of the things pertaining to the gospel- even if Enos didn't always seem like he was listening or believing.
He knew his dad followed the example of the Lord in the way that he nurtured and admonished him.
He remembered the words his father spoke of, particularly about eternal life, and the joy of the saints.
And so, Enos, as an older young man, was alone in the woods when all of what he knew about his father sunk deep into his heart. This pricked his heart to repentance.
How different would Enos' story been different if he dad never taught him? Or if he wasn't trustworthy, or loving or anything other than who and what Jacob was?
I don't know- but it is clear that Jacob had a tremendous impact in his son.
That makes me feel better when we am trying to teach a Family Home Evening lesson and the kids are joking around, or when it's time for prayer and they grumble, or read scriptures and they complain. I know that it is very frustrating for John as well. I know that even if they don't always agree, or even believe what I do, that they will know that I love God, that I want eternal life, that I have a testimony and that is where I find my joy. I really can't ask for more... can I?
Just a few verses later Enos shows his relationship with his Heavenly Father. He came to Him and sincerely repented. He was forgiven, and because Enos knew his Father could not lie, his guilt was swept away. What a sweet and tender relationship they must have had, too.
I want that for my kids.
I want to be able to nurture and admonish my children in the Lord. To me that means to parent with love, patience and eternal intentions. Sometimes I lose patience and lose sight of the eternal perspective. I know that's something I need to work on, and this chapter has helped motivate me even more.
I also love the intense words Enos uses to describe the intensity of his faith and his desire to be forgiven? “wrestle” [v. 2]; “sunk deep into my heart” [v. 3]; (pondered)
“my soul hungered” [v. 4]; “cried unto him in mighty prayer” [v. 4].) It takes work. It takes work to understand God’s will. It takes work to obtain forgiveness.
Elder Sterling W. Sill: “A young man came to Socrates one time and said, ‘Mr. Socrates, I have come 1,600 miles to talk to you about wisdom and learning.’ He said, ‘You are a man of wisdom and learning, . . . and I would like to have you teach me how to be a man of wisdom and learning.’ Socrates said, ‘Come follow me,’ and he led the way down to the seashore. They waded out into the water up to their waists, and then Socrates turned on his friend and held his head under the water. His friend struggled and kicked and bucked and tried to get away, but Socrates held him down. . . . And after this man had stopped struggling, Socrates laid him out on the bank to dry, and he went back to the market place.
“After the young man had dried out a little bit, he came back to Socrates to find the reason for this rather unusual behavior. Socrates said to him, ‘When your head was under the water what was the one thing you wanted more than anything else?’ And the man said, ‘More than anything else, I wanted air.’ Socrates said, ‘All right, when you want wisdom and learning like you wanted air, you won’t have to ask anybody to give it to you.’” (“The Five Fingers of Leadership Success,” in Brigham Young University Speeches of the Year [9 Feb. 1965], 9).
Faith and desire move us to action.
Prophet Joseph Smith: “Faith . . . is the moving cause of all action” (, 1–2).
Actions lead to results.
What did you think/learn today?