Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2019, September 22

Book of Mormon: “Jared’s Advice to His Brother (the Brother of Jared) in Ether 1 and Ether 6” by grego

Book of Mormon: “Jared’s Advice to His Brother (the Brother of Jared) in Ether 1 and Ether 6” by grego
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In Ether 1, we read of Jared’s advice to his brother three times:

34 And the brother of Jared being a large and mighty man, and a man highly favored of the Lord, Jared, his brother, said unto him: Cry unto the Lord, that he will not confound us that we may not understand our words.
35 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did cry unto the Lord, and the Lord had compassion upon Jared; therefore he did not confound the language of Jared; and Jared and his brother were not confounded.
36 Then Jared said unto his brother: Cry again unto the Lord, and it may be that he will turn away his anger from them who are our friends, that he confound not their language.
37 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did cry unto the Lord, and the Lord had compassion upon their friends and their families also, that they were not confounded.
38 And it came to pass that Jared spake again unto his brother, saying: Go and inquire of the Lord whether he will drive us out of the land, and if he will drive us out of the land, cry unto him whither we shall go. And who knoweth but the Lord will carry us forth into a land which is choice above all the earth? And if it so be, let us be faithful unto the Lord, that we may receive it for our inheritance.
39 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did cry unto the Lord according to that which had been spoken by the mouth of Jared.
40 And it came to pass that the Lord did hear the brother of Jared, and had compassion upon him, and said unto him: [Yes].

All three times, he gave advice; and all three times, he also basically said, “Cry unto the Lord, and ask.” And his brother did.

The result? Many great blessings were obtained for them and others.

In Ether 6, we read his advice to his brother, again:
19 And the brother of Jared began to be old, and saw that he must soon go down to the grave; wherefore he said unto Jared: Let us gather together our people that we may number them, that we may know of them what they will desire of us before we go down to our graves.
20 And accordingly the people were gathered together…
21 … they did desire of them the things which they would that they should do before they went down to their graves.
22 And it came to pass that the people desired of them that they should anoint one of their sons to be a king over them.
23 And now behold, this was grievous unto them. And the brother of Jared said unto them: Surely this thing leadeth into captivity.
24 But Jared said unto his brother: Suffer them that they may have a king. And therefore he said unto them: Choose ye out from among our sons a king, even whom ye will.

What’s the difference? There is still what could have been good advice, at least the first time; but in both instances, “Cry unto the Lord” is missing. And his brother didn’t.

The result? Thousands of years of war and bloodshed.

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