Ether 1-6. The Brother of Jared. Translated and abridged by Moroni Taken from the 24 gold plates found by the people of Limhi Moroni excluded the record from Adam to the Tower of Babel It is a record of the Jaredites They spoke the Adamic Language
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In 1600, a native Aztec historian named Alva Cortés Ixtlilxóchitl wrote a history of the indigenous peoples of the New World called Relación Histórica de la Nación Tulteca. He described a group of people who came from “the great tower” to Mesoamerica.The Book of Ether
Gold plates in a stone box inscribed during the reign of Darius I of Persia (515-518 bc)
Now it was the custom of the people of Nephi to call their lands, and their cities, and their villages, yea, even all their small villages, after the name of him who first possessed them.
And as they came to the sea they pitched their tents; and they called the name of the place Moriancumer; and they dwelt in tents, and dwelt in tents upon the seashore for the space of four years.Ether 1:33-43… The “Brother of Jared”
“While residing at Kirtland, Elder Reynolds Cahoon had a son born to him. One day when President Joseph Smith was passing his door he called the Prophet in and asked him to bless and name the baby. Joseph did so and gave the boy the name of MahonriMoriancumer. When he had finished the blessing, he laid the child on the bed, and turning to Elder Cahoon he said, the name I have given your son is the name of the Brother of Jacred; the Lord has just shown or revealed it to me. Elder William F. Cahoon, who was standing near heard the Prophet make this statement to his father; and this was the first time the name of the brother of Jared was known in the Church in this dispensation.”
Reynolds CahoonThe “Brother of Jared”
"The Jaredites," The Juvenile Instructor, [1 May 1892], p. 282 n.
Idea: The exclusion of the name draws attention to the fact that Jared was not left alone, but had a very special brother who intervened in his and his family's behalf. All of us have such a brother in Jesus Christ, whose mission is to give us immortality and help us all gain eternal life.
What’s the longest “lecture” you ever got?
Do you think you could get in that kind of trouble with God?
Ether 2:1-2, 13-14
“It may be that what this verse is saying to us is that Mahonri Moriancumer was chastened by the Lord because he had not fully followed and implemented the counsels of the Lord previously received. It may be that in the relative comfort of the seashore he had allowed his prayers to become less fervent, more casual and routine. He may have been calling upon the Lord in word, but not in faith and deed” (J. McConkie, Millet, Top).
“When you pray, do you just speak, or do you also listen? Your Savior said, ‘Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me,’ (Revelation 3:20)
•How do you feel about the sincerity of your personal prayers?
•If you could make one change that would improve your personal prayers, what might it be?
“The model of the barge we have built has a stop hole both in the front and in the back of the tube… These stop holes can easily be opened or closed as needed…
“The purpose of the bottom hole is a least two-fold: First, it acted as a stabilizer to keep the barge at an even keel; second, it could be used to get rid of refuse” (A. L. Zobell, Improvement Era, April 1941, 211, 252, cited in Daniel H. Ludlow Companion, 315).
Ether 2:18–19 Identify three problems he encountered and presented to the Lord
Read Ether 2:20–25 looking for the Lord’s solutions to the Brother of Jared’s problems.
The Lord instructs him to make holes with removable plugs in the top and bottom of the barges (see v. 20).
The Lord says He will guide the barges (see v. 24).
The Lord asks the brother of Jared what he would like Him to do (see v. 25)
Why do you think the Lord revealed solutions for two of the problems but left it to the brother of Jared to solve the problem of not having light?
What are some other scriptural examples where the Lord required an individual’s own effort in solving a problem?
How can it help us when the Lord requires us to find solutions to our own problems with His guidance?
Read Ether 3:1,4–6 and answer the following:
How did the brother of Jared decide to solve the problem of not having light?
What impresses you most about the Lord’s response?
“Clearly the brother of Jared was being tested. God had done his part. Unique, resolutely seaworthy ships for crossing the ocean had been provided. The brilliant engineering had been done. The hard part of the construction project was over. Now the Lord wanted to know what the brother of Jared would do about incidentals” (Jeffrey R. Holland, Christ and the New Covenant, 16)
“It is contrary to the law of God for the heavens to be opened and messengers to come to do anything for man that man can do for himself” (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:196).
Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said that he has often heard President Gordon B. Hinckley say, “I don’t know how to get anything done except getting on my knees and pleading for help and then getting on my feet and going to work” (C.R., Oct. 1997, 18).
Ether 3:4/Genesis 6:16: "A window shalt thou make to the ark, and a cubit shalt thou finish it above. "
LDS footnote, 16a: "HEB tsohar; some rabbis believed it was a precious stone that shone in the ark. "Genesis 6:16
“Surely God, as well as the reader, feels something very striking in the childlike innocence and fervor of this man’s faith. ‘Behold, O Lord, thou canst do this’ [Ether 3:5]. Perhaps there is no more powerful, single line of faith spoken by man in scripture. … However uncertain the prophet is about his own ability, he has no uncertainty about God’s power” (“Rending the Veil of Unbelief,” in Nurturing Faith through the Book of Mormon: The 24th Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, 12).
“Never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created.”
D&C 107:54 (Adam), Moses 7:2-4, 28-29 (Enoch)
“The Savior appeared to prophets before the flood, but did not reveal himself in fullness as he did to the Brother of Jared. We may truly believe that very few of the ancient prophets at any time actually beheld the full person of the Lord” (Joseph Fielding Smith, A.T.G.Q. 2:124-25).
“This verse refers to the fact that the Lord had never yet revealed himself to man in such a total and complete manner.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrines of Salvation 1:37).
Exodus of the JareditesPlan of Redemption
The Tower of Babel
Jared (to go down)
The Brother of Jared
Seeking and receiving
Directed by God
Brother of Jared Chastened
Building the Barges
Questions of Air and Light
The shining Stones
Experience on Mt. Shelem
The Crossing (Ether 6:4-10)
The Promised Land
Exodus of the JareditesPlan of Redemption
The Tower of Babel A fallen world, and a scattering
Jared (to go down) To go down into the world
The Brother of Jared A deliverer is prepared
Seeking and receiving A New and Everlasting Covenant
Directed by God Gift of the Holy Ghost
Brother of Jared Chastened The Lord chastens those He loves
Building the Barges Building a House of God
Questions of Air and Light Revelation, Agency, and Action
The shining Stones The Word and the Light of Christ
Experience on Mt. ShelemExperience in the Temple
The Crossing (Ether 6:4-10) Trails of Life
The Promised Land Eternal Promised Land