The Book of Ether Chapter 6 Critique
Setting: The Jaredite barges
are driven by the winds to the promised land—The people praise the Lord
for His goodness—Orihah is appointed king over them—Jared and his
Verses 1-3: And now I, Moroni,
proceed to give the record of Jared and his brother. For it came to
pass after the Lord had prepared the stones 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.
Note: God never used magical stones to provide light.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Command the children of Israel
that they bring to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to
make the lamps burn continually.” Leviticus 24:1-2.
Verses 4-8: And it came to pass
that when they had prepared all manner of food, that thereby they might
subsist upon the water, and also food for their flocks and herds, and
whatsoever 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 furious wind blow upon the
face of the waters, towards 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 tight like unto a dish,
and also they were tight like unto the ark 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 driven forth before
Note: And it came to pass that Jared forgot to pack drinking water.
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Verse 9-10: And they did sing
praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto
the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord all the day long; and
when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord. And thus
they were driven forth; and no monster of the sea could break them,
neither whale that could mar them; and they did have light continually,
whether it was above the water or under the water.
Note: Sidney Rigdon did not know anything about seasickness.
Seasickness is a form of motion sickness characterized by a feeling of
nausea and, in extreme cases, vertigo, experienced after spending time
in a craft on water. Wikipedia Encyclopedia.
Verses 11-12: And thus they
were driven forth, three hundred and forty and four days upon the
water. And they did land upon the shore of the promised 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 tender mercies over them.
Note: America is not the promised land promised by God.
And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord. I appeared to
Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord I
was not known to them. I have also established My covenant with them,
to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, in which
they were strangers.” Exodus 6:2-4.
Verses 13-16: And it came to
pass that they went forth upon the face of the land, and began to till
the earth. And Jared had four sons; and they were called Jacom, and
Gilgah, and Mahah, and Orihah. And the brother of Jared also begat sons
and daughters. And the friends of Jared and his brother were in number
about twenty and two souls; and they also begat sons and daughters
before they came to the promised land; and therefore they began to be
Note: Note: America is not the promised land promised by God.
Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel,
and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God. According to the doings of
the land of Egypt, where you dwelt, you shall not do; and according to
the doings of the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you, you shall
not do; nor shall you walk in their ordinances. You shall observe My
judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the Lord your
God. You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a
man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord. Leviticus 18:1-5.
Verse 17: And they were taught to walk humbly before the Lord; and they were also taught from on high.
Note: Believers are not taught to be humble before God.
The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way. Psalm 25:9.
Verses 18-22: And it came to
pass that they began to spread upon the face of the land, and to
multiply and to till the earth; and they did wax strong in the land.
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. And accordingly the
people were gathered together. Now the number of the sons and the
daughters of the brother of Jared were twenty and two souls; and the
number of sons and daughters of Jared were twelve, he having four sons.
And it came to pass that they did number their people; and after that
they had numbered them, they did desire of them the things which they
would that they should do before they went down to their graves. 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.
Note: Sidney Rigdon plagiarized the Holy Bible.
Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at
Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk
in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” 1
Verses 23-24: And now behold,
this was grievous unto them. And the brother of Jared said unto them:
Surely this thing leadeth into captivity. 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.
Note: Sidney Rigdon plagiarized the Holy Bible.
But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to
judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel,
“Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they
have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not
reign over them. 1 Samuel 8:6-7.
Verses 25-28: And it came to
pass that they chose even the firstborn of the brother of Jared; and
his name was Pagag. And it came to pass that he refused and would not
be their king. And the people would that his father should constrain
him, but his father would not; and he commanded them that they should
constrain no man to be their king. And it came to pass that they chose
all the brothers of Pagag, and they would not. And it came to pass that
neither would the sons of Jared, even all save it were one; and Orihah
was anointed to be king over the people. And he began to reign, and the
people began to prosper; and they became exceedingly rich.
Note: The founders of Mormonism had a fixation on money and becoming rich.
Doctrine and Covenants – Section 111
Date: August 6, 1836
Place: Salem, Massachusetts
To: Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, Hyrum Smith, Sidney Rigdon
1 I, the Lord your God, am not displeased with your coming this journey, notwithstanding your follies.
2 I have much treasure in this city for you, for the benefit of Zion,
and many people in this city, whom I will gather out in due time for
the benefit of Zion, through your instrumentality.
3 Therefore, it is expedient that you should form acquaintance with men
in this city, as you shall be led, and as it shall be given you.
4 And it shall come to pass in due time that I will give this city into
your hands, that you shall have power over it, insomuch that they shall
not discover your secret parts; and its wealth pertaining to gold and
silver shall be yours.
Verses 29-30: And it came to
pass that Jared died, and his brother also. And it came to pass that
Orihah did walk humbly before the Lord, and did remember how great
things the Lord had done for his father, and also taught his people how
great things the Lord had done for their fathers.
Note: The Holy Bible records the praise unto the Lord.
On that day David first delivered this psalm into the hand of Asaph and
his brethren, to thank the Lord: Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon
His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples! Sing to Him, sing
psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works! Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! Seek the Lord and
His strength; Seek His face evermore! Remember His marvelous works
which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth, O seed
of Israel His servant, You children of Jacob, His chosen ones! He is
the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. Remember His
covenant forever, the word which He commanded, for a thousand
generations, the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to
Isaac, and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel for an
everlasting covenant, saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan as
the allotment of your inheritance,” when you were few in number, indeed
very few, and strangers in it. When they went from one nation to
another, and from one kingdom to another people, He permitted no man to
do them wrong; Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes, saying, “Do not
touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.” Sing to the Lord,
all the earth; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For
the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared
above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord
made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and
gladness are in His place. Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His
name; Bring an offering, and come before Him. Oh, worship the Lord in
the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. The world
also is firmly established, it shall not be moved. Let the heavens
rejoice, and let the earth be glad; And let them say among the nations,
“The Lord reigns.” Let the sea roar, and all its fullness; Let the
field rejoice, and all that is in it. Then the trees of the woods shall
rejoice before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth. Oh, give
thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. And
say, “Save us, O God of our salvation; Gather us together, and deliver
us from the Gentiles, to give thanks to Your holy name, to triumph in
Your praise.” Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting to
everlasting! 1 Chronicles 16:7-36.
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