Ether 8… what shall we be able to visualize? Close your eyes and imagine yourself at the end of this great familial war that has ended in peace. There are prophets throughout the land, testifying of Christ. You can go and hear a prophet of God speak and share with you calls for repentance and faith.
Shule had a son named Omer and Omer took over the kingdom. Omer had a son named Jared. Jared had a large family. Jared rebelled against Omer and took his family into a land called Heth.
In Heth, Jared used flattery to gain control over many lands and once he hald control over half of the kingdom, he went to war against his father. He took Omer into captivity and made him a slave. While in captivity, Omer had children; two of whom were Esrom and Coriantumr.
Coriantumr and Esrom were pretty mad at their brother Jared for his actions and they did what they could to raise an army. With this army, they went and attacked Jared at night. They were winning a great battle against Jared’s army. They were just about to kill Jared too when he begged them to not and promised to turn the kingdom back over to Omer.
Jared was a greedy man and was sorrowful for his loss of the kingdom. Jared had a lovely daughter who was not pleased to see her dad mourn over his loss and she was a crafty one. She cozied right on up next to her dad and said dad…. bring me Akish and let me be his wife, for he will want me; and when he asks you for me, tell him that he may have me if he brings you the head of the king. And so it played out…. a secret combination being planned. These creatures need to go and find a prophet to learn from and to repent, but I bet that doesn’t happen.
So this one girl who didn’t want to see her daddy not have what he wanted stirred up the hearts of men to do evil. Satan is at the helm here.
Moroni continues to write and he tells us that he will not write the secret combinations that these people concocted, but they are of the devil. He warns us that those people that use secret combinations to get power and gain, do so to spread it amongst all. These people are not of God. His warning is for those of us in this day. Remember, Moroni knows that he is about to bury these plates in the earth for the prophet Joseph Smith to recover. He is writing to us. In verse 25 Moroni writes: “it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is build up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.” Moroni closes in righteousness asking that all men be persuaded to do good all of the time and to turn their hearts away from Satan and his evil works.
Moroni is such a powerful writer and I believe that everything he has recorded is for a purpose and each story there is something for us to learn and to apply in our lives. I am so thankful for the restored gospel and I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.