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An Artistic Tour Through Ether

Ether 3

Ether 3:4


Touch These Stones, by Alex Barlow

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 3:4-64


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 13

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 7

Ether 7:6


This haunting poem appears on the Real Intent website, but in my experience this website always locks up, so I’m reprinting it here:

song for the House of Jared

by James Goldberg

You cleared and you ploughed and you planted these lands

(and their name will be Desolation)

You built up great cities with bare, calloused hands

(and their fame will be left Desolation)

You bartered and borrowed, you purchased and sold

(and these riches will buy Desolation)

Your kings and their sons fought like heroes of old

(and their bones will adorn Desolation)

Hear this:  someday a nation will rise like your own

(when old trees overgrow Desolation)

And they, too, will choose by what name to be known

(but must it be yours, Desolation?)

Real Intent website

Ether 13:13


Marvelous Were the Prophecies of Ether

Walter Rane


Oil on board.  2003.  Commissioned

Ether 15

Ether 15


The Last of the Jaredites:  Coriantumr and Shiz.  By Mainstay Pro

“We based this short on two figures from one of our favorite books.
       “The iniquity of the people brought a curse upon the land - utterly destroying a once great nation. Two mighty kingdoms engaged in warfare. Led by Coriantumr and Shiz. So great and lasting had been the war, and so long had been the scene of bloodshed and carnage, that the whole face of the land was covered with the bodies of the dead.
       “We want to do a feature film from this book. If you or someone you know has the financial means to make this happen, we would love to talk with you. Email us

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