The Jaredites Leave Babel


The time of Babel

Jared and his brother were righteous men who lived in a place called Babel. They lived hundreds of years before the Nephites. Ether 1:32–33; Gen. 11:9

People in Babel were wicked

Most of the people in Babel were wicked. They built a tower to try to get to heaven. The Lord was angry and changed their language so they could not understand each other. Gen. 11:4–7

Brother of Jared prayed that the Lord would not change their language

Jared asked his brother to pray and ask the Lord not to change the language of their families and friends. Ether 1:34

The Lord answered their prayers

The brother of Jared prayed, and the Lord answered his prayer. So Jared, his brother, and their families and friends could still understand each other. Ether 1:35–37

The Lord told them to leave the land

The Lord told the brother of Jared to gather his family and friends and leave the land. They were to take their flocks and all kinds of seeds with them. Ether 1:40–41

He would lead them to a promised land

The Lord said that he would lead the Jaredites to a promised land. Ether 1:42

Jaredites caught birds and fish

The Jaredites caught birds and fish to take with them. Ether 2:2

and honeybees

They took swarms of honeybees. Ether 2:3

They traveled in the wilderness

The Jaredites traveled into the wilderness. The Lord spoke to them from a cloud and told them which way to go. Ether 2:5

The people must serve God or be destroyed

The Lord said that the people who live in the land of promise must serve God or be destroyed. Ether 2:6–8

They waited by the sea for four years

When the Jaredites came to the seashore, they put up their tents. They stayed by the sea for four years. Ether 2:13

[illustrations] Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett