Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2010, May 27

“Book of Mormon | Ether Chooses to be Prophet instead of King” by grego

Book of Mormon | Ether Chooses to be Prophet instead of King

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All throughout the book of Ether, Jaredites have bloody and violent contentions over the throne, between the righful heirs and those seeking to take/ keep the throne from them.

Here’s where the Book of Mormon talks about Ether:

Ether 11:17 And it came to pass that there arose another mighty man; and he was a descendant of the brother of Jared.
18 And it came to pass that he did overthrow Moron and obtain the kingdom; wherefore, Moron dwelt in captivity all the remainder of his days; and he begat Coriantor.
19 And it came to pass that Coriantor dwelt in captivity all his days.
20 And in the days of Coriantor there also came many prophets, and prophesied of great and marvelous things, and cried repentance unto the people, and except they should repent the Lord God would execute judgment against them to their utter destruction;
21 And that the Lord God would send or bring forth another people to possess the land, by his power, after the manner by which he brought their fathers.
22 And they did reject all the words of the prophets, because of their secret society and wicked abominations.
23 And it came to pass that Coriantor begat Ether, and he died, having dwelt in captivity all his days.

Written this way, it seems clear that Ether held legitimate claim to the Jaredite throne—he was to be the next king—if he could. However, he chose not to fight over the throne, but to be a prophet and prophesy:

Ether 12:1 And it came to pass that the days of Ether were in the days of Coriantumr; and Coriantumr was king over all the land.
2 And Ether was a prophet of the Lord; wherefore Ether came forth in the days of Coriantumr, and began to prophesy unto the people, for he could not be restrained because of the Spirit of the Lord which was in him.
3 For he did cry from the morning, even until the going down of the sun, exhorting the people to believe in God unto repentance lest they should be destroyed, saying unto them that by faith all things are fulfilled—
5 And it came to pass that Ether did prophesy great and marvelous things unto the people, which they did not believe, because they saw them not.

Just like Moses, Ether chose the better part.

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