Hundreds of years after the Jaredites were destroyed, the Nephites discovered the ruins of their ancient civilization. Among these ruins was a mysterious record—plates of “pure gold” that were “filled with engravings,” and the Nephites “were desirous beyond measure” to read it (Mosiah 8:9; 28:12). Today you have an abridgment of this record, and it’s called the book of Ether. When the Nephites read it, “they were filled with sorrow” to learn of the tragic fall of the Jaredites. “Nevertheless it gave them much knowledge, in the which they did rejoice” (Mosiah 28:18). You, too, may find sorrowful moments in this book. But you can also rejoice in this gift of knowledge. As Moroni wrote, “it is wisdom in God that these things should be shown unto you … that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men” (Ether 8:23, 26).
Ether 6: 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 brother die.
Ether 7: Orihah reigns in righteousness—Amid usurpation and strife, the rival kingdoms of Shule and Cohor are set up—Prophets condemn the wickedness and idolatry of the people, who then repent.
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.
Ether 9: The kingdom passes from one to another by descent, intrigue, and murder—Emer saw the Son of Righteousness—Many prophets cry repentance—A famine and poisonous serpents plague the people.
Ether 10: One king succeeds another—Some of the kings are righteous; others are wicked—When righteousness prevails, the people are blessed and prospered by the Lord.
Ether 11: Wars, dissensions, and wickedness dominate Jaredite life—Prophets predict the utter destruction of the Jaredites unless they repent—The people reject the words of the prophets.
- Interpreter Radio: The Book of Mormon in Context Lesson 47
- Come, Follow Me Study and Teaching Helps — Lesson 45: Ether 6-11, Jonn Claybaugh
- Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 45 (Ether 6-11)
- The Dance of Reader and Text: Salomé, the Daughter of Jared, and the Regal Dance of Death, by Alan Goff, Jun 2, 2023
- Gazelem the Jaredite, Elliott Jolley, October 13, 2017
- “The Great and Terrible Judgments of the Lord”: Destruction and Disaster in 3 Nephi and the Geology of Mesoamerica, Neal Rappleye, May 29, 2015
- Getting Cain and Gain, Matthew L. Bowen, May 22, 2015
- Interpreting Interpreter: Plagiarizing Salomé?, by Kyler Rasmussen, Jun 2, 2023
- Scripture Roundtable: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 45, “Never Has Man Believed in Me As Thou Hast”, December 4, 2016
- Ether 6 to 11 – “That Evil May Be Done Away”, BYU Studies
- The Jaredites—A Case Study in Following the Brethren, BYU Religious Studies Center
- Ether 6-11, John W. Welch Notes
- Why Are Secret Combinations Associated with Cain and Getting Gain?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #585
- Where did the Brother of Jared Get the Idea of Shining Stones?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #240
- Is the Book of Mormon Musical?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #500
- Why Is The Book of Ether an Epic?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #241
- Why Did Moroni Comment So Much Throughout Ether?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #242
- Why Did Snakes Infest Jaredite Lands During a Famine?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #243
- Why Did Riplakish Construct a Beautiful Throne?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #244
- Why Does the Book of Mormon Include the Rise and Fall of Two Nations?, Book of Mormon Central KnoWhy #245
- Discussions on the Book of Mormon – Ether 1-6
- Discussions on the Book of Mormon – Ether 7-11