The Lord Leads the Jaredites to a Promised Land


The Lord told Jaredites to repent

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

The Lord will forgive if we sin no more

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

Jaredites build barges

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

The Lord showed how to build barges

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

The barges 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

The Lord told them how to have air

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

Hole in the top and bottom

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

Barges were 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 wouldn't work

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

Sixteen 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

Brother of Jared prayed

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

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

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

Jesus taught him many things

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

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

Winds blow the barges

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 people thanked the Lord

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

They land in the promised land

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

The people thanked the Lord for His blessings

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

They taught their children to obey the Lord

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 Barrett