The Lord Leads the Jaredites to a Promised Land


Brother of Jared forgot to pray

While the Jaredites camped by the sea, the brother of Jared forgot to pray. The Lord came in a cloud to tell him to repent. Ether 2:14

He repented and prayed

The brother of Jared repented and prayed. The Lord said, “I will forgive thee … but thou shalt not sin any more.” Ether 2:15

They built barges

The Lord told the brother of Jared to build barges to take his people to the promised land. Ether 2:16

The Lord told them how to build the barges

The Lord told the brother of Jared how to build the barges. Ether 2:16–17

The could float

The barges were made so that they could float on the water. The barges were airtight so that no water could get inside. Ether 2:17

Brother of Jared concerned about breathing on the barges

The brother of Jared wondered how the people would have air to breathe in the barges. He asked the Lord what to do. Ether 2:18–19

The Lord told him what to do

The Lord told him to make a hole in the top and bottom of each barge. The hole could be opened to let in air and closed if water began to come in. Ether 2:20

Inside the barges it was dark

The brother of Jared told the Lord that the barges were dark inside. The Lord asked him to think of a way to have light in the barges. Ether 2:22

Windows in the barges would break

The Lord said that the barges could not have windows because they would break. He said that they could not take fire with them. Ether 2:23

Brother of jared got 16 small stones

The brother of Jared went to a mountain and smelted from a rock sixteen small stones that looked like clear glass. He made two stones for each of the eight barges. Ether 3:1

He prayed

The brother of Jared carried the sixteen stones to the top of the mountain. Then he prayed to the Lord. Ether 3:1

and asked the Lord to touch the stones

The brother of Jared asked the Lord to touch the stones so that they would give light inside the barges. Ether 3:4

The Lord touched each stone

The Lord reached out and touched each stone with his finger. Ether 3:6

The brother of Jared saw the finger of the Lord

Because the brother of Jared had great faith, he saw the finger of the Lord. It looked like the finger of a man. Ether 3:6

The Lord showed himself to the brother of Jared

Then the Lord showed himself to the brother of Jared. Ether 3:9–13

He said I am Jesus Christ:

He said, “Behold, I am Jesus Christ.” Jesus then said that all who believe in him would have eternal life. Ether 3:14

Brother of Jared wrote what he saw and heard

Jesus taught the brother of Jared many things. Jesus told him to write what he had seen and heard. Ether 3:25–27

The stones gave light inside the barges

The brother of Jared carried the stones down the mountain. He put one stone in each end of each barge. They gave light inside the barges. Ether 6:2–3

A wind blew the barges to the promised land

The Jaredites went into the barges with their animals and food. The Lord made a furious wind blow the barges toward the promised land. Ether 6:4–5

The Lord protected them

The Lord protected them in the rough sea. They thanked the Lord and sang praises to him day and night. Ether 6:6–10

After 344 days they arrived at the promised land

After 344 days on the water, the barges landed on the shore of the promised land. Ether 6:11–12

They thanked the Lord

When the Jaredites came out of the barges, they knelt down before the Lord and cried tears of joy. Ether 6:12

The Jaredites built homes and planted crops

The Jaredites made homes and planted crops in the promised land. They taught their children to listen to the Lord and obey his words. Ether 6:13, 16–18

[illustrations] Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett