Ether 3: A Sacred Vision

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 188–189

After you die, what character trait do you want people to associate with you when they think of your life? The brother of Jared was known for his faith. In fact, because of his faith he saw the premortal Jesus Christ. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained that when Christ said, “Never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created” (Ether 3:15), He “was saying to the brother of Jared, ‘Never have I showed myself unto man in this manner, without my volition, driven solely by the faith of the beholder.’ As a rule, prophets are invited into the presence of the Lord. … Obviously the Lord himself was linking unprecedented faith with this unprecedented vision” (Christ and the New Covenant, 23). As you study Ether 3, look for what else you can learn about the power of faith from the brother of Jared.
Brother of Jared's vision

Understanding the Scriptures

Ether 3

Molten (vv. 1, 3)Heat and melt
Encompassed (v. 2)Surrounded, covered
Raging (v. 3)Extremely stormy
Veil (vv. 6, 19–20)Concealing curtain or barrier
Smite (v. 8)Strike
Two stones (vv. 23, 28)Urim and Thummim

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Ether 3.

Activity A iconRead for the Answers

Answer the following questions as you study Ether 3:1–8:

  1. 1.

    Why did the brother of Jared make transparent stones?

  2. 2.

    Why did the brother of Jared think the Lord might be angry?

  3. 3.

    What was the brother of Jared praying for?

Activity B iconWhat Did You Learn?

In Ether 3, the brother of Jared learned much about Jesus Christ, “the light, and the life, and the truth of the world” (Ether 4:12). Review Ether 3 and list at least 10 truths you learn about the Savior.