"That Evil May Be Done Away" (November 16–22)

Episode #45 Published: November 13, 2020

All of the Church’s Book of Mormon videos begin with this statement: “Based on actual events as recorded in the Book of Mormon.” And as we begin our study of Ether 6–11, it’s important that we keep in mind that these chapters are “based on actual events” because so many crazy things take place. Sons imprison fathers, fathers imprison sons, famines and poisonous serpents plague the land—it honestly sounds like the Jaredites had their own version of 2020. So grab your scriptures, and let’s dig into these events to find the warnings that are preserved for us in our day.

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Show Notes: 

Tammy Uzelac Hall

Tamara Uzelac Hall grew up in Utah and Missouri fully intending to get married, raise her 12 children while putting her husband through medical school, God had other plans. She went to college and received both her bachelor's and master’s degrees from BYU. She served a mission in Fresno, California, and worked as a social worker until God steered her life in a completely different direction, becoming a full-time seminary and institute teacher instead. After buying a house and settling nicely into a family ward, she was set up on (another) blind date with a widower, which miraculously worked and catapulted her into married life and became an insta-mom to two little girls. Currently, she and her husband are the parents to four girls and live in Utah. She is a host for Time Out for Women, a featured speaker at Temple Square Youth Conferences, Retreat for Girls, girls’ camp, and has been a speaker at BYU Women’s Conference. She loves all things scripture and is a lifelong student of the Hebrew language. A good flash mob makes her cry, she is a (self-proclaimed) champion Oreo eater, and she believes that cheese is God’s way of saying, “Hey, everything is going to be OK.”

Jennifer Pearson

Jennifer Pearson first met Tammy as a student in Tammy’s seminary class. Jen was raised in Salt Lake City, but has lived in North Carolina (twice) and is now a resident of Texas, where she and her husband, John, are raising three boys that they adore. She graduated from BYU Law School and practices law part-time. She loves her family and friends, early morning workouts, and audiobooks with a great reader.

Sharon Staples

Sharon Lee Staples is a convert to the Church. Soon after joining the Church, Sharon decided to serve a the Andes Peru Mission. After her mission, Sharon earned a degree in sociology and received a PhD in educational psychology. Currently, Sharon is a retired college professor. She has served in many Church positions including temple worker, nursery leader, as a member of the Young Women General Board, a teacher at the women’s prison, and a docent at the Church History Museum and Family History centers. She enjoys woodworking and gardening.

Segment 1:

What are the similarities between the Jaredites' journey and our mortal journey?

And now I, Moroni, proceed to give the record of aJared and his brother.

For it came to pass after the Lord had prepared the astones which the brother of Jared had carried up into the mount, the brother of Jared came down out of the mount, and he did put forth the stones into the vessels which were prepared, one in each end thereof; and behold, they did give light unto the vessels.

And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness.

And it came to pass that when they had prepared all manner of afood, that thereby they might subsist upon the water, and also food for their flocks and herds, and bwhatsoever beast or animal or fowl that they should carry with them—and it came to pass that when they had done all these things they got aboard of their vessels or barges, and set forth into the sea, commending themselves unto the Lord their God.

And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a afurious wind blow upon the face of the waters, btowards the promised land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind.

And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind.

And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being atight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the bark of Noah; therefore when they were encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters.

And it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon the waters; and thus they were adriven forth before the wind.

And they did asing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did bthank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord.

10 And thus they were driven forth; and no monster of the sea could break them, neither awhale that could mar them; and they did have light continually, whether it was above the water or under the water.

11 And thus they were driven forth, athree hundred and forty and four days upon the water.

12 And they did aland upon the shore of the bpromised land. And when they had set their feet upon the shores of the promised land they bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, and did humble themselves before the Lord, and did shed tears of joy before the Lord, because of the multitude of his ctender mercies over them (Ether 6:1–12). 

  • Christ is both the stone and the light.
  • The Hebrew word for stone is "eben" and the word for help is "ezer." Ebenezer means stone of help or rock of help. 
  • Furious winds: The word spirit in Hebrew "ruach" also means wind.

Segment 2:

What were the Jaredites doing while they sailed toward the promised land?

And they did asing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did bthank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord.

10 And thus they were driven forth; and no monster of the sea could break them, neither awhale that could mar them; and they did have light continually, whether it was above the water or under the water (Ether 6:9–10).

How did Nephi's brothers and their families do while they sailed toward the promised land?

And after we had been adriven forth before the wind for the space of many days, behold, my brethren and the sons of Ishmael and also their wives began to make themselves merry, insomuch that they began to dance, and to sing, and to speak with much brudeness, yea, even that they did forget by what power they had been brought thither; yea, they were lifted up unto exceeding rudeness (1 Nephi 18:9). 

How did the Jaredites react when they reached the promised land?

12 And they did aland upon the shore of the bpromised land. And when they had set their feet upon the shores of the promised land they bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, and did humble themselves before the Lord, and did shed tears of joy before the Lord, because of the multitude of his ctender mercies over them (Ether 6:12).

17 And they were taught to awalk humbly before the Lord; and they were also btaught from on high (Ether 6:17).

What does it mean to be "taught from on high" today?

Quote: “Now, as we meet under the direction of President Thomas S. Monson, we anticipate hearing 'the will of the Lord, … the mind of the Lord, … the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation.' We trust in His promise: 'Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.'

"In the commotion and confusion of our modern world, trusting and believing in the words of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve is vital to our spiritual growth and endurance. . . . 

For many of us, there are pressing worries and earnest questions. We want to renew our faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ, and to strengthen our ability to resist temptation and avoid distractions. We come to be taught from on high” (Elder Neil L. Andersen, "The Voice of the Lord," October 2017 general conference). 

Quote: "Today we often hear about 'a new normal.' If you really want to embrace a new normal, I invite you to turn your heart, mind, and soul increasingly to our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Let that be your new normal" (President Russell M. Nelson, "A New Normal," October 2020 general conference). 

Segment 3:

How did the brother of Jared react when his people wanted a king?

23 And now behold, this was grievous unto them. And the brother of Jared said unto them: Surely this thing aleadeth into captivity (Ether 6:23). 

Were his words fulfilled? 

And when he had gathered together an army he came up unto the land of aMoron where the king dwelt, and took him captive, which bbrought to pass the saying of the brother of Jared that they would be brought into captivity (Ether 7:5). 

What was the reign of Shule like?

23 And also in the reign of Shule there came aprophets among the people, who were sent from the Lord, prophesying that the wickedness and bidolatry of the people was bringing a curse upon the land, and they should be destroyed if they did not repent.

24 And it came to pass that the people did arevile against the prophets, and did mock them. And it came to pass that king Shule did execute judgment against all those who did revile against the prophets.

25 And he did execute a law throughout all the land, which gave power unto the prophets that they should go whithersoever they would; and by this cause the people were brought unto repentance.

26 And because the people did repent of their iniquities and idolatries the Lord did spare them, and they began to prosper again in the land. And it came to pass that Shule abegat sons and daughters in his old age.

27 And there were no more wars in the days of Shule; and he remembered the great things that the Lord had done for his fathers in bringing them aacross the great deep into the promised land; wherefore he did execute judgment in righteousness all his days (Ether 7:23–27).

How did Shule's reign compare with other kings?

28 And there came prophets in the land aagain, crying repentance unto them—that they must prepare the way of the Lord or there should come a curse upon the face of the land; yea, even there should be a great famine, in which they should be destroyed if they did not repent.

29 But the people believed not the words of the prophets, but they cast them out; and some of them they cast into apits and left them to perish. And it came to pass that they did all these things according to the commandment of the king, Heth.

30 And it came to pass that there began to be a great adearth upon the land, and the inhabitants began to be destroyed exceedingly fast because of the dearth, for there was no rain upon the face of the earth.

31 And there came forth apoisonous serpents also upon the face of the land, and did poison many people. And it came to pass that their flocks began to flee before the poisonous serpents, towards the land bsouthward, which was called by the Nephites cZarahemla (Ether 9:28–31). 

35 And it came to pass that when they had ahumbled themselves sufficiently before the Lord he did send rain upon the face of the earth; and the people began to revive again, and there began to be fruit in the north countries, and in all the countries round about. And the Lord did show forth his power unto them in preserving them from famine (Ether 9:35).

Quote: “Sometimes we as leaders of the Church are criticized for holding firm to the laws of God, defending the Savior’s doctrine, and resisting the social pressures of our day.  But our commission as ordained Apostles is 'to go into all the world to preach (His) gospel unto every creature.'  That means we are commanded to teach truth.  In doing so, sometimes we are accused of being uncaring as we teach the Father’s requirements for exaltation in the celestial kingdom.  But wouldn’t it be far more uncaring for us not to tell the truth—not to teach what God has revealed? It is precisely because we do care deeply about all of God’s children that we proclaim His truth.  We may not always tell people what they want to hear. Prophets are rarely popular. But we will always teach the truth!” (President Russell M. Nelson, "The Love and Laws of God," BYU Devotional, September 17, 2019). 

Segment 4:

Section heading of Ether 8:

There is strife and contention over the kingdom—Akish forms an oath-bound secret combination to slay the king—Secret combinations are of the devil and result in the destruction of nations—Modern Gentiles are warned against the secret combination that will seek to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries.

12 Aspects of Secret Combinations:

  1. Their two objectives are to get gain and power; then they glory in it (see Helaman 6:17; Ether 8:22; Moses 5:31).
  2. Secret combinations require general wickedness to survive (see Helaman 6:21, 31, 38).
  3. Secret combinations thrive on secrecy, violation of which is a capital offense (see Helaman 5:22; 6:22; Moses 5:29, 50).
  4. Secret combinations involve formal covenant making (see Helaman 6:22; Moses 5:30–31).
  5. They use murder, violence, threat of violence, plunder, vice, whoredoms, and flattery to get gain and power (see Helaman 2:4–5; 6:17, 23).
  6. Secret combinations operate on laws contrary to the laws of the country (see Helaman 6:23).
  7. Satan is the grand conspirator and author (see Helaman 6:26–30).
  8. Participants have court trials for their own people—not according to the laws of the land but according to their own set of laws (see Helaman 6:23–24).
  9. They seek to take governmental power as rapidly as possible (see Helaman 2:5; 6:39).
  10. Participants seek to overthrow freedom for others but seek to maintain freedom for themselves (see Ether 8:25; Moses 5:28–33).
  11. Secret combinations cause the destruction of nations (see Alma 37:21, 26, 29; Helaman 2:13; Ether 8:21–22).
  12. Secret combinations are abominable in God’s sight (see 3 Nephi 9:9; Ether 8:18) (The Book of Mormon Student Manual, "Chapter 36: Helaman 5–9," ChurchofJesusChrist.org). 

What effect did secret combinations have on the Jaredites?

21 And they have caused the adestruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.

22 And whatsoever anation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the bblood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for cvengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not (Ether 8:21–22). 

  • Ether 8:21–26 describe the makings of secret combinations.
  • Secret: In Hebrew, secret is "sathar," which means backbiting, covering, covert, hiding place, to hide or conceal.
  • Combination: The Websters 1828 dictionary defines combination as an "intimate union, or association of two or more persons."

Quote: "We do not fear the future for ourselves or for our children. We live in dangerously troubled times. The values that steadied mankind in earlier times are being tossed away.

"We must not ignore Moroni’s words when he saw our day and said, “Ye [must] awake to a sense of your awful situation” (Ether 8:24).

"We cannot take lightly this warning from the Book of Mormon:" (President Boyd K. Packer, "Do Not Fear," April 2004 general conference)

26 Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have ano power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be bpersuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all crighteousness and be saved (Ether 8:26).

Segment 5:

What was Riplakish's style of leadership?

And it came to pass that Riplakish did not do that which was right in the sight of the Lord, for he did have many wives and aconcubines, and did lay that upon men’s shoulders which was grievous to be borne; yea, he did btax them with heavy taxes; and with the taxes he did build many spacious buildings (Ether 10:5). 

And he did erect him an exceedingly beautiful throne; and he did build many prisons, and whoso would not be subject unto taxes he did acast into prison; and whoso was not able to pay taxes he did cast into prison; and he did cause that they should labor continually for their support; and whoso refused to labor he did cause to be put to death.

Wherefore he did obtain all his fine work, yea, even his fine agold he did cause to be refined in prison; and all manner of fine bworkmanship he did cause to be wrought in prison. And it came to pass that he did afflict the people with his whoredoms and abominations.

And when he had reigned for the space of forty and two years the people did rise up in rebellion against him; and there began to be war again in the land, insomuch that Riplakish was killed, and his descendants were driven out of the land (Ether 10:6–8). 

What was Morianton's leadership style like?

And it came to pass after the space of many years, Morianton, (he being a descendant of Riplakish) gathered together an army of outcasts, and went forth and gave battle unto the people; and he gained power over many cities; and the war became exceedingly sore, and did last for the space of many years; and he did gain power over all the land, and did establish himself king over all the land.

10 And after that he had established himself king he did ease the burden of the people, by which he did gain favor in the eyes of the people, and they did anoint him to be their king.

11 And he did do justice unto the people, but not unto himself because of his many awhoredoms; wherefore he was cut off from the presence of the Lord.

12 And it came to pass that Morianton built up many cities, and the people became exceedingly rich under his reign, both in buildings, and in agold and silver, and in raising grain, and in flocks, and herds, and such things which had been restored unto them.

13 And Morianton did live to an exceedingly great age, and then he begat Kim; and Kim did reign in the stead of his father; and he did reign eight years, and his father died. And it came to pass that Kim did anot reign in righteousness, wherefore he was not favored of the Lord (Ether 10:9–13). 

Who is the greatest leader?

Quote: "If I were to ask you, 'Who is the greatest leader who ever lived?'—what would you say? The answer, of course, is Jesus Christ" (Stephen W. Owen, "The Greatest Leaders Are the Greatest Followers," April 2016 general conference).

Who are the greatest followers?

Quote: "The world teaches that leaders must be mighty; the Lord teaches that they must be meek. Worldly leaders gain power and influence through their talent, skill, and wealth. Christlike leaders gain power and influence 'by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned.' In God’s eyes, the greatest leaders have always been the greatest followers.

"Your ability to lead does not come from an outgoing personality, motivational skills, or even a talent for public speaking. It comes from your commitment to follow Jesus Christ. It comes from your desire to be, in Abraham’s words, 'a greater follower of righteousness.' If you can do that—even if you aren’t perfect at it, but you’re trying—then you are a leader" (Stephen W. Owen, "The Greatest Leaders Are the Greatest Followers," April 2016 general conference).

Segment 6:

And there came also in the days of Com many aprophets, and prophesied of the destruction of that great people except they should repent, and turn unto the Lord, and forsake their murders and wickedness (Ether 11:1). 

And they hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord, because of their wicked combinations; wherefore, there began to be wars and acontentions in all the land, and also many famines and pestilences, insomuch that there was a great destruction, such an one as never had been known upon the face of the earth; and all this came to pass in the days of Shiblom.

And the people began to repent of their iniquity; and inasmuch as they did the Lord did have amercy on them (Ether 11:7–8).

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 ajudgment against them to their utter destruction; (Ether 11:20). 

3 Principles President Nelson Shared During Women's Session of the October 2020 General Conference:

1. Create Places of Security

2. Prepare Your Mind to Be Faithful to God

3. Never Stop Preparing

(President Russell M. Nelson, "Embrace the Future with Faith," October 2020 general conference)

Quote: "For example, each time we have the faith to be obedient to God’s laws—even when popular opinions belittle us—or each time we resist entertainment or ideologies that celebrate covenant-breaking, we are exercising our faith, which in turn increases our faith" (President Russell M. Nelson, "Embrace the Future with Faith," October 2020 general conference).