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.
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 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 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.
What are the similarities between the Jaredites' journey and our mortal journey?
What were the Jaredites doing while they sailed toward the promised land?
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?
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).
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).
How did the brother of Jared react when his people wanted a king?
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?
How did Shule's reign compare with other kings?
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).
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:
What effect did secret combinations have on the Jaredites?
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).
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).
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).
What was Morianton's leadership style like?
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).
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 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
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).