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An Artistic Tour Through Ether 1-3

Ether 1:5,6; 12:1-5; 13:2-14; 18 – 22; 15:33,34


“The Lord Sheltered Ether,” by Marilyn Arnold & Maurine Ozment,

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 29

The last prophet of the great Book of Mormon nation known as the Jaredites, Ether, saw the fall of his people, as they rejected the Lord’s way.  The prophet Moroni, likewise a lone survivor, made an abridgement of the Jaredite story, as his father Mormon had abridged the record of his own people, the Nephites.  

This song gives us some appreciation of the prophet Ether, and the knowledge and blessings he offered to his people from the Lord.

Ether 1:37


The Brother of Jared

Stephanie Kay Northrup

Acrylic on drilled and carved hardboard panel, 10" x 30"

As the people of Babel attempt to build their tower to heaven and their language is cursed (carving and drilled holes in background), The Brother of Jared strides away, his own personal tower to heaven built within himself (carved on his chest). The 16 white stones he later takes before the Lord to light their ships to the promised land are also represented.

Ether 1:41


The Jaredites Leaving Babel

Albin Veselka

on linen 2012

      When asked what he would like his work to be known for Albin responded; "If I can enrich the lives of those who view my work in any way, I have accomplished my goal. There is something of the divine that comes through the work of one who has mastered his mode of expression and who has something good to say. When that message comes through and awakens something within the viewer that improves his or her life; that, I believe, is the higher purpose of art. That's what I strive for."

Ether 2:24

Book of Mormon Art

I Will Bring You Up Again Out of the Depths

Jonathan Arthur Clarke

“For the mountain waves shall dash upon you. Nevertheless, I will bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth, and also the rains and the floods have I sent forth” (Ether 2:24). The Jaredites “did sing praises unto the Lord” (Ether 6:9) throughout their journey of 344 days upon the waters. They endured the terrible tempests with gladness, knowing it was the Lord who caused the furious wind. They viewed their trials as a manifestation of divine guidance, “and it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon the waters” (Ether 6:8).

Ether 3:1


Selecting Stones:  The Brother of Jared

Nathan Florence

The compelling element of the story of the Brother of Jared and the miracle of the Lord touching the stones to give light in the barges is the result of basic faith and the acts which preceded it. The artist painted the Brother of Jared in the simple act of sorting some of the stones he will take to the Lord. Not every part of a miracle is spectacular. Indeed, that is rarely the case.

Ether 3:1-5


Sixteen Small Stones - Bryce Gandy

Sixteen Small Stones

Bryce Gandy

The Book of Mormon records that the Brother of Jared did moulten out of a rock sixteen small, white stones.  He took these stones to the Lord, and requested that He touch them with His finger, and make them shine, so that they would have light in their boats when they made the great journey across the sea to the promised land where the Lord was sending them.

Ether 3:1-16


“Touch These Stones,” by Marilyn Arnold & Maurine Ozment

Sacred Hymns of the Book of Mormon, 17

This song memorializes the faith and commitment of the Brother of Jared as he prayed for physical light for his people as they crossed the great waters.  As a result, he received the spiritual light of seeing the Lord face to face, which would sustain him during his journey through mortality.

Ether 3:1-16


Touch These Stones O Lord

Laci Gibbs

Honorable Mention in the 2017 Book of Mormon Central Art Contest

This piece depicts the Lord touching the stones of the Brother of Jared.

Ether 3:4


Touch These Stones, by Alex Barlow

Ether 3:4-64


Brother of Jared

Real Heroes Posters – Steven Nethercott

When the Brother of Jared approached the Lord to make the stones shine for the benefit of his people, he came with great faith:  “For I know, O Lord, that thou hast all power, and can do whatsoever thou wilt for the benefit of man.”  The Book of Mormon records that the Lord commended the Brother of Jared for this great faith.

“Real People, Real Power.  Real Hero Posters strives to capture the spirit of real heroes, the uniqueness of their world, the strength of their character, and the reality of their heroism.”

Ether 3:6


The Brother of Jared Sees the Finger of the Lord

Arnold Friberg

After the declaration of faith and the petition by the Brother of Jared, the Book of Mormon says, “Behold, the Lord stretched forth His hand and touched the stones one by one with His finger.  And the veil was taken from off the eyes of the brother of Jared, and he saw the finger of the Lord; and it was as the finger of a man, like unto flesh and blood; and the brother of Jared fell down before the Lord, for he was struck with fear.”

Artist’s Notes:

“Being, as the book says, a man of immense faith, the brother of Jared fully expected the stones to be lighted. It was seeing the finger as it touched the stones that astonished and terrified him.  It is this stunning surprise that the artist sought to capture.

“Some church leaders felt that no mortal artist could adequately picture the divine hand and finger. Friberg solved the problem by picturing some of the stones, while concealing the finger within a dense cloud, broken only by the rays of an intense blinding light. By this simple means, the whole scene was now drenched in mystery burning into our imagination a more sublime glory that could ever have been pictured in physical reality.”

Ether 3:7


The Finger of God

Brian C. Hailes

2nd Place Winner in Book of Mormon Central's Book of Mormon Art Contest (2016)

Ether 3:9


Sawest Thou More Than This?

Marcus Alan Vincent

Oil on linen

The Brother of Jared exercised great faith in forming stones and asking the Lord to illuminate them. Perhaps more significant is that after making a suitable offering, the Brother of Jared saw the finger of the Lord and was admitted into the presence of the Lord. For those who seek to follow, this experience can be an archetype to us.

Ether 3:10-28


I Knew Not

Marcus Moore

Honorable Mention in the 2017 Book of Mormon Central Art Contest

Mixed media on Canvas. I have seen the Brother of Jared painted so often, but it typically shows only the finger of Christ. When I was approached about doing this piece, I thought to myself that he wasn't limited to only seeing his hand, he was able to see all of him. So I wanted to depict him seeing all of Christ.

Ether 13

Ether 4-9 Mormon