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?
Jared is a wicked king who leads a coup again his own father, gets overthrown in another coup by his brothers years later, and then seeks to keep power in any way possible. We have men/women like him today, who are desperate to keep power, no matter what they have to do to keep it. We must beware power-seekers and work to keep them in check through government checks and balances.
The Jaredites deal with a ton of political intrigue for a couple generations. But prophets are sent to them, just as they are sent to us in our day to help guide, warn, and comfort us. Will we listen to our modern day prophet?
The Jaredites begin their journey across the sea, from the old world to the new world. They face mountain waves and fierce winds the whole way. How can we prepare ourselves to face these same tumultuous waves and winds in our lives?
The brother of Jared knows his people will have to cross the great deep to reach the land promised to them. Each of us will have to cross a “great deep” in our lives. Read more to learn how to prepare ourselves to do this.
Moroni abridges the Jaredite history and teaches us lessons. In this chapter, the brother of Jared and his people are told to meet God halfway, so He can be their guide. Are we willing to meet God halfway, even if where he asks us to serve is uncomfortable?