The Trial of Their Faith

Ether 11 (Éter 11) In times of wickedness or righteousness, the answers are the same: faith in God and repentance. However, in times of wickedness, the Lord calls on prophets to go remind the people of the way home, a token of mercy. During times of righteousness, the inherent mindset is one of repentance and …

And They Were Exceedingly Industrious

Ether 10 (Éter 10) Lo primero que me impresiona de esta lectura es que Shez salió de la casa de su descendiente Het. No fue un hijo de Het, sino un nieto, or tal vez, un biz nieto. Y dice el registro que todos lo demás de su familia o de su casa se habían …

The Son of Righteousness

Ether 9 (Éter 9) It impresses me at the start of this chapter that 1) the Lord was able to warn Omer and his household to leave his throne and remove themselves far enough away that they would not be impacted by whatever was able to happen as it pertained to the affairs of the …

Secret Combinations

Ether 8 (Éter 8); See also Moses 5:18-52 In the course of his Jaredite narrative, Moroni uses this chapter to expound upon the diabolical tactic of secret combinations. I have found in the footnotes in verse 9, multiple references to secret combinations throughout the scriptures, and how their author is the devil and the origin …

[They] Did Execute Judgment in Righteousness

Ether 7 (Éter 7) In the first five verses of the chapter, we are three generations removed from Jared and his brother. That’s all it took for their children to be brought into captivity. It was the king who was brought into captivity. Perhaps this is why everyone except Orihah rejected the opportunity to be …

Stones to Shine in Darkness

Ether 6 (Éter 6) I am struck by the profound significance and symbolism of verse 3: And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness. This conjures up the symbolism or spiritual definition of Light in …

In the Mouth of Three Witnesses

Ether 5 (Éter 5) — See also Doctrine and Covenants 17 This chapter provides instructions to the translator of the text regarding witnesses. A film entitled “A Day for the Eternities” addresses this time period in the translation process. I find the placement of this chapter interesting, because of the timeline of historical events and …

It Persuadeth Men to Do Good

Ether 4 (Éter 4) Faith is at the crux of all things. Without faith, we do not progress spiritually. Without faith, we do not fulfill our purpose. We do not understand who Christ is without faith. Y para los fieles, hay grandes promesas si siguen fieles hasta el final. These verses are a hidden treasure …

Redeemed from the Fall

Ether 3 (Éter 3) Understanding the exchange that is recorded in this chapter is pivotal to conversion and life itself. The Lord is allowing the Brother of Jared to call the shots in finding a way to light the vessels within the ships that they have built to conduct themselves to the promised land. What …

The Lord Did Go Before Them

Ether 2 (Éter 2) This chapter is resonating deeply with me this morning. It is how closely the Lord stood with them as he directed them along the way to where they needed to go, and how far they needed to go before they reached their destination. How many barges He had them build and …