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Ether 15

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.

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Ether 14

Ether 14 begins with a curse upon the land because of the wickedness of the people.  This curse was so great that every person was scared to leave any of their possessions off of their body for as we read in verse 1, if a man left it upon a shelf tomorrow it would be gone.

As I read through this chapter from start to finish, at about verse 21 tears came to my eyes.  Please, please listen to the prophets.  They have much to tell us, and their counsel and advise is for everyone.  Ether told Coriantumr that he would not die by the sword in Ether 13 and that he would be the last man standing.  With this prophecy, there came great war.  Men pursued the army of Coriantumr so fiercely for revenge that “so great and lasting had been the war, and so long had been the scene of bloodshed and carnage, that the whole face of the land was covered with the bodies of the dead.  And so swift and speedy was the war that there was none left to bury the dead, but they did march forth from the shedding of blood to the shedding of blood, leaving the bodies of both men, women, and children strewed upon the face of the land, to become a prey to the worms of the flesh.  And the scent thereof went forth upon the face of the land, even upon all the face of the land; wherefore the people became troubled by day and by night, because of the scent thereof (verses 21-23).”   This makes my heart hurt.  One man needed to repent and turn to God to prevent this.  I can’t even fathom having to live through this time.  I can’t imagine living with the stench of death surrounding me, or even the knowledge that these souls are lost.  So very sad.

This chapter closes with Coriantumr being severely wounded by the sword of Shiz, that he appeared to be dead, but he was not.   Shiz then took his armies back to their camp, with belief that Coriantumr was dead.

In the name of Jesus Christ, I write, Amen.

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Ether 13

I’ll be honest here… I am a slacker.  I took a couple of days off from my scripture studies and now need to get through these last three chapters, blog them, write a blog post for class and then write a book review for my other course.  I am going to be at the computer for a long time today… paying my penance for procrastinating earlier this week.  On top of that, tonight is General Women’s Broadcast and I am expecting company for the broadcast.

So, let’s get Ether 13 done and see where it leads us.

The very first verse is a bot ominous, but we knew that the Jaredites were destroyed as a people.  Moroni tells us that he is going to conclude his record of their destruction.

In verse 2 we read that the people rejected the words of the prophet Ether.  And Ether was a great prophet, he told the people of all things past, of the prophecies that had been fulfilled and he told them of the land in which they live and what it shall become.  Ether was such a great prophet that there are things that he prophesied about that Moroni was forbidden to write.  Ether was then forced to flee and he lived inside of the cavity of a rock.  Ether stayed in the cavity during the day and at night he was viewed the things that were to come upon the people of the land.

The wars continued and in the second, Ether was told to go forth and tell Coriantumr that if he and his household repented that God would spare them and that he would have the kingdom.  Coriantumr refused and so did his people and they tried to kill Ether, but he was able to escape back to his hiding place.  The people continued in their wicked ways and there was great war and much bloodshed.  Not one single person would repent of their ways and turn to the Lord.

This chapter closes with Coriantumr being wounded in battle which forced him to not fight against others for the course of two years.

I leave this chapter with you with my mind turned to thoughts on how very important it is to heed the words of our prophets, both modern day and of old.  What they share, they do so by the Lord, and not in vain. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Ether 12

Ether has arrived and in the days of Ether Coriantumr was the king and Ether was a prophet of the Lord.  The Spirit of the Lord was so strong with Ether that he could not be restrained and in verse three we read “for he did cry from the morning, even unto the going down of the sun, exhorting the people to believe in God unto repentance lest they should be destroyed, saying unto them that by faith all things are fulfilled.”  Have you ever stood out on your porch or walked around your neighborhood or town and cried repentance unto those that are among you for an entire day?   While in the grand scheme of things, we have read of other prophets preaching for longer, but remember Ether has a very strong Spirit with him.  Ether prophesied “great and marvelous things” to the people, but they simply didn’t believe.

Moroni does some interjection here and he tells us of faith.  Perhaps one of his most famous quotes is found right here and he says “faith is things which are hoped for and not seen”.  Isn’t that so very true?  I love this quote and probably always will.  I love to know that when I hope, I am invoking the power of faith.  Moroni continues to show us many examples of faith that we can read elsewhere in the scriptures.  Faith in Jesus Christ, the Atonement, and the Resurrection are everywhere.  By faith, mountains have been moved, literally.

As Moroni writes, he tells of a conversation that he had with the Lord.  We learn that Moroni believed that his own writings were weak and not strong enough for man.  The Lord tells Moroni that only fools will mock and that He gives men weakness so that theyEther 12 27 will humble themselves before the Lord and be made strong.  The Lord tells Moroni “I will show unto them that faith, hope and charity bringeth unto me-the fountain of all righteousness (verse 28).”

From verse 28 through the end of Ether 12, brings me to tears.  And as such, I will not write about them, but ask that you have a prayer, open your heart and read these verses for yourself, as they pierce my soul.

I testify that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he shed his blood on Gethsamane and on Calvary so that I may live again.  I testify that He was resurrected on the third day, and that he defeated the grave and that one day, each of us will be resurrected as well and face Him in judgment for our action or inaction.  I love the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and am thankful for His infinite atonement on my behalf, and yours.

I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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Ether 11

Ether 11…. that means we’re more than 2/3 finished with the Book of Ether, and yet we haven’t learned of Ether at all.  There are many generations covered here, it would be interesting to sit down and list them all and see how many (approximately) passed away for the people of the Jaredites.  How long were they gone before the people of Limhi found the Plates of Ether?  I’m sure someone has already done the math, it’s just a matter of finding the info.  Who wants to do it?

So, Com was trying desperately to cleanse the land of the robbers.  As he was king, many prophets came into the land.  We’ve seen this before.  The prophets were then rejected by the people and came to Com for protection.  Verse 3 tells us that Com was “blessed in all the remainder of his days.”  Com had a son Shiblom who took over the kingdom and he rebelled and there was a great war.  Shiblom’s brother put all of the prophets to death because they prophesied of the the destruction of the people.  There was a great war and the land was cursed.  Verse 6 reads “their bones should become as heaps of earth upon the face of the land except they should repent of their wickedness.”  This was the prophecy of those prophets that were martyred.  And some of the people began to repent, but as Siblom was king there was war and he was killed and Ahah was made king who lived as his father did.  Ahah was not king for long and then one of his descendants Ethem was the king and he was wicked too.

Again the prophets come in the days of Ethem and they prophesy of the destruction as before.  The people would not listen to the words and the prophets left the people in their wicked ways.  Ethem had a son Moron and there was a rebellion and Moron lost half of the kingdom and Moron retalliated and regained total control.  There was then a man that was mighty and he overthrew Moron again who was then held in captivity for the remainder of his days.  Moron had a son Coriantor.  In the days of Coriantor the prophets came again preaching repentance and telling of the desctruction.  Again, the people rejected the prophets because of their wicked ways.  And Coriantor had a son named Ether.  Here he is…. Ether has arrived.  What shall Ether 12 bring us?

I am excited for the next few chapters, I hope they are great!

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Ether 10

Do you ever work on something and just be thankful that you are a little ahead of schedule?  I will tell you, that with 15 chapters of reading and blogs to get through this week, I am thrilled that I am a bit ahead of schedule and that wordpress allows me to write and schedule a post in the future.  With that being said, I visualize myself at the supermarket when this post goes live.  Eh, not a big deal for most, but huge for me.  I have the privilege to sit here and write while my toddler is amused with Peppa Pig and an apple.

We are trekking right through Ether and now in the 10th chapter.  There have been wars among the Jaredites, a lot of rebellion and I imagine there will be more.  As we know, the Plates of Ether were found by the people of Limhi and they were among piles of bones and destruction.  With that, we can assume they don’t have a great outcome.  And why is that?  Well, rebellion and choosing the wrong.  Enough said.

So…. Heth died in the famine and Shez took over and began to build the people back up and he reigned in righteousness.  His son rebelled against him but he prevailed and his son Riplakish took over after he died.  Riplakish did not live righteously and was a demanding king.  He enslaved and taxed the people, if they didn’t pay their taxes, they went to jail, if they were in jail and didn’t work for him they were put to death.  After 42 years of this horrible way of life, the people rebelled and Riplakish was killed.  Many years later Morianton, a descendant of Riplakish, took an army and gained power over many cities.  Once Morianton established himself as the king, he reigned properly, but didn’t conduct his personal life according to the Word of God.  Morianton had a son named Kim who took over the kingdom and he did not reign righteously at all, so his brother fought him and took him into captivity.  Kim had a son named Levi who made war with the king and he then reigned righteously and appointed his son Corom king.  Corom was a good and righteous king and he had a son Kish, Kish had Lib and both of these men were good and righteous kings of the Jaredite people. The people prospered in wealth as they were lead by good men and they grew in numbers and in skill.

We read in verse 28 “And never could a people more blessed than were they, and more prospered by the hand of the Lord.  And they were in a land that was choice above all lands, for the Lord had spoken it.” Could you visualize yourself living among a people that was never more blessed by the Lord?  What joy these people must have had.

Lib had a son Hearthom and he had the kingdom taken away from him in battle.  Hearthom had a son Heth who had a son Aaron who had a son Amnigaddah who had a son Coriantum and each of these men lived in captivity for their entire lives.  Coriantum had a son Com who was able to regain half of the kingdom and then went to battle against the other king and they were at war for many years.  Com won the war and he lived righteously, but the land was full of evil doers who were doing the works of Satan.  Com tried to fight them, but he was unsuccessful.

This chapter of war and battle comes to a close ever so quickly…. with many many years and generations passing.
Moral of the story: live righteously to prosper in the Lord.

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

 

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Ether 9

Ether 9 … visualize. This is a really sad chapter to my heart.  It’s a great big circle of repent, be good, do evil, die, kill the king, repent, be good, do evil, die, kill the king.  You get it….. So sad.  The chapter ends with the Jaredites being a good people, but they repented and became humble before the Lord only to save themselves from famine.  I imagine in the next chapter, we will see how this actually turns out.

I leave this very short post on this very sad chapter with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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