Ether 11: The Prophets Warn of Destruction

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 193–194


God’s prophets are called to preach repentance. Those who follow the prophets find that He keeps His word and they receive the blessings He has promised. Those who do not follow the prophets are cut off from those blessings (see D&C 1:14). The prophets had warned the Jaredites many times to repent. In our day, as in the past, their warning cry to the wicked is to repent and come to the Lord. If they do not, destruction awaits them. As you read about how the Jaredites destroyed their society, think about what lessons you can learn from their mistakes.

Understanding the Scriptures

Ether 11

Calamity (v. 6)Distress, misery
Pestilences (v. 7)Contagious diseases
Utterly (v. 12)Completely

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A or B as you study Ether 11.

Activity A iconWrite an Explanation

Review Ether 11:1–5, 13–23 and answer the following questions:

  1. 1.

    Why did the Jaredites reject the prophets and seek to kill them?

  2. 2.

    In what ways do you think people can reject the prophet today?

  3. 3.

    Why do you think it is important to follow the prophet’s counsel?

Activity B iconExplain the Diagram

Consider the following diagram as you study Ether 11:5–12.

  1. 1.

    Identify the key events for each reference provided.

  2. 2.

    Explain how the graphic represents what was happening in the Jaredite nation.