These last few chapters in Ether are heartbreaking, seeing the results that happened to the Jaredite nation because they would not listen to a prophet. Total anarchy reigns near the end, yet they keep fighting and hating. How can we listen and heed the words of our prophet today, so this same fate doesn’t befall us?
Many more generations of Jaredite history are outlined in this chapter. The thing that stood out to me was what happened when they let God prevail in their lives…and when they didn’t. How can we allow God to prevail in our own lives?
The Jaredite history shows us how the desire to gain power can corrupt a nation and bring about its downfall. Humility is the key to preventing this. This trait starts with each of us, individually. How are we doing?
Moroni pleads with us to be more wise than they have been. Learn about the small and simple ways we can do that, so we don’t repeat negative history.
Moroni is the last Nephite left after the final battle. Even his father has been killed. He gives us a warning for our day. Will we listen and learn from him?
Mormon writes down some last words to us in our day, before he is killed. He talks about the importance of this record he has kept, according to the commandments of God. Do we treasure these sacred words he kept safe for us?
The decades of wars come to a shocking end in this last battle Mormon describes. After a quarter of a million Nephites are slaughtered, only 24 are left to be hunted down. Mormon grieves his people’s end, but says they didn’t have to fall. Jesus stood waiting with open arms to receive them. But they would not turn to Him. How can we better turn to our Savior, to avoid the Nephite calamity?
Mormon describes his people as tossed about on a windswept sea, without steering or anchor to save them. But he tells us how not to fall into the same dire spot they did–by repenting.
This chapter will mark the beginning of the final ending for the Nephite nation. The consequences of sin will catch up to them, since they have been unwilling to repent and turn back to God. How can I make sure their ending does not become my ending?
Mormon’s people are still spiraling into a wicked hole, but God still reaches out to them in mercy, giving them another chance to repent. But we must learn to remember, in order to see God’s hand in our life and not become hardened, as Mormon’s people did here. How can we do that better?