This chapter, Ether 15, will conclude the Book of Ether. This is the last chapter for the week and I am sure will close with the complete destruction of the Jaredite people. I will write what I can, but my heart is sore from the last chapter, so I don’t imagine that I will write much here.
Ah, Coriantumr remembers the words of Ether as he looks around and has his heart filled with sorrow at the loss of over 2 million of his people. He began to repent and saw that the words of the prophets were being fulfilled. Coriantumr wrote to Shiz asking for a truce and Shiz replied that if Coriantumr gave himself up that he would spare the lives of the people. In turn, Coriantumr’s people were mad and stirred up. War is about to ensue.
Coriantumr flees and comes to a great body of water and the armies pitched their tents. The armies of Coriantumr then moved again and came to the hill Ramah, where Mormon hid the plates and everyone that was still alive on the land, except for Ether were gathered together. The two armies spent the next four years gathering in each and every person off the face of the land to strengthen their own army. Once everyone was gathered, the war began. They battled by day and cried with sorrow at night for the loss of their people. Again, Coriantumr asks Shiz to spare the people. In verse 19 we read “But behold, the Spirit of the Lord had ceased striving with them, an Satan had full power over the hearts of the people; for they were given up unto the hardness of their hearts, and the blindness of their minds that they might be destroyed.” The people fought during the day and lamented at night, rested, and got up to do it all over again the following day. The numbers on both sides dwindled to where there were less than 100 men total. Coriantumr finally beheaded Shiz and then collapsed to the ground.
With Coriantumr on the ground, the Lord called Ether to go forth and finish his record and hide them up. And Ether leaves us his words closing “Whether the Lord will that I be translated, or that I suffer the will of the Lord in the flesh, it mattereth not, if it so be that I am saved in the kingdom of God. Amen.”
Ether had great hope and faith. He did the Lord’s will and lived to serve the Lord. Great are the works of our prophets.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.