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A Library Tour through Ether 3 & 4
1 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared, (now the number of the vessels which
had been prepared was eight) went forth unto the mount, which they called the mount
Shelem, because of its exceeding height, and did molten out of a rock sixteen small
stones; and they were white and clear, even as transparent glass; and he did carry
them in his hands upon the top of the mount, and cried again unto the Lord, saying:
2 O Lord, thou hast said that we must be encompassed about by the floods. Now behold,
O Lord, and do not be angry with thy servant because of his weakness before thee;
for we know that thou art holy and dwellest in the heavens, and that we are unworthy
before thee; because of the fall our natures have become evil continually; nevertheless,
O Lord, thou hast given us a commandment that we must call upon thee, that from thee
we may receive according to our desires.
3 Behold, O Lord, thou hast smitten us because of our iniquity, and hast driven us
forth, and for these many years we have been in the wilderness; nevertheless, thou
hast been merciful unto us.
O Lord, look upon me in pity, and turn away thine anger from this thy people, and
suffer not that they shall go forth across this raging deep in darkness; but behold
these things which I have molten out of the rock.
4 And I know, O Lord, that thou hast all power, and can do whatsoever thou wilt for
the benefit of man; therefore touch these stones, O Lord, with thy finger, and prepare
them that they may shine forth in darkness; and they shall shine forth unto us in
the vessels which we have prepared, that we may have light while we shall cross the
5 Behold, O Lord, thou canst do this. We know that thou art able to show forth great
power, which looks small unto the understanding of men.
6 And it came to pass that when the brother of Jared had said these words, 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.
7 And the Lord saw that the brother of Jared had fallen to the earth; and the Lord
said unto him: Arise, why hast thou fallen?
8 And he saith unto the Lord: I saw the finger of the Lord, and I feared lest he
should smite me; for I knew not that the Lord had flesh and blood.
9 And the Lord said unto him: Because of thy faith thou hast seen that I shall take
upon me flesh and blood; and never has man come before me with such exceeding faith
as thou hast; for were it not so ye could not have seen my finger. Sawest thou more
10 And he answered: Nay; Lord, show thyself unto me.
11 And the Lord said unto him: Believest thou the words which I shall speak?
12 And he answered: Yea, Lord, I know that thou speakest the truth, for thou art
a God of truth, and canst not lie.
13 And when he had said these words, behold, the Lord showed himself unto him, and
said: Because thou knowest these things ye are redeemed from the fall; therefore
ye are brought back into my presence; therefore I show myself unto you.
14 Behold, I am he who was prepared from the foundation of the world to redeem my
people. Behold, I am Jesus Christ. I am the Father and the Son. In me shall all mankind
have life, and that eternally, even they who shall believe on my name; and they shall
become my sons and my daughters.
15 And never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created, for never has man
believed in me as thou hast. Seest thou that ye are created after mine own image?
Yea, even all men were created in the beginning after mine own image.
16 Behold, this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my spirit; and man have
I created after the body of my spirit; and even as I appear unto thee to be in the
spirit will I appear unto my people in the flesh.
Donald W. Parry. Neil A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. 2007.
Many of the beautiful Hebrew poetic forms found in the Book of Mormon are the words
of the Lord Himself, as this progression of ideas, or this gradation, when the Lord
was instructing the Brother of Jared:
never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created, for
never has man believed in me as thou has. Seest thou that ye are created
after mine own image? Yea, even all men were created in the beginning
after mine own image.
16 Behold, this body which ye now behold, is the
body of my spirit; and man have I created after the
body of my spirit; and even as
I appear unto thee to be in the spirit will
I appear unto my people in the flesh.
17 And now, as I, Moroni, said I could not make a full account of these things which
are written therefore it sufficeth me to say that Jesus showed himself unto this
man in the spirit, even after the manner and in the likeness of the same body even
as he showed himself unto the Nephites.
18 And he ministered unto him even as he ministered unto the Nephites; and all this,
that this man might know that he was God, because of the many great works which the
Lord had showed unto him.
19 And because of the knowledge of this man he could not be kept from beholding within
the veil; and he saw the finger of Jesus, which, when he saw, he fell with fear;
for he knew that it was the finger of the Lord; and he had faith no longer, for he
knew, nothing doubting.
20 Wherefore, having this perfect knowledge of God, he could not be kept from within
the veil; therefore he saw Jesus; and he did minister unto him.
21 And it came to pass that the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: Behold, thou
shalt not suffer these things which ye have seen and heard to go forth unto the world,
until the time cometh that I shall glorify my name in the flesh; wherefore, ye shall
treasure up the things which ye have seen and heard, and show it to no man.
22 And behold, when ye shall come unto me, ye shall write them and shall seal them
up, that no one can interpret them; for ye shall write them in a language that they
cannot be read.
23 And behold, these two stones will I give unto thee, and ye shall seal them up
also with the things which ye shall write.
24 For behold, the language which ye shall write I have confounded; wherefore I will
cause in my own due time that these stones shall magnify to the eyes of men these
things which ye shall write.
25 And when the Lord had said these words, he showed unto the brother of Jared all
the inhabitants of the earth which had been, and also all that would be; and he withheld
them not from his sight, even unto the ends of the earth.
26 For he had said unto him in times before, that if he would believe in him that
he could show unto him all things -- it should be shown unto him; therefore the Lord
could not withhold anything from him, for he knew that the Lord could show him all
27 And the Lord said unto him: Write these things and seal them up; and I will show
them in mine own due time unto the children of men.
28 And it came to pass that the Lord commanded him that he should seal up the two
stones which he had received, and show them not, until the Lord should show them
unto the children of men.
1 And the Lord commanded the brother of Jared to go down out of the mount from the
presence of the Lord, and write the things which he had seen; and they were forbidden
to come unto the children of men until after that he should be lifted up upon the
cross; and for this cause did king Mosiah keep them, that they should not come unto
the world until after Christ should show himself unto his people.
2 And after Christ truly had showed himself unto his people he commanded that they
should be made manifest.
3 And now, after that, they have all dwindled in unbelief; and there is none save
it be the Lamanites, and they have rejected the gospel of Christ; therefore I am
commanded that I should hide them up again in the earth.
4 Behold, I have written upon these plates the very things which the brother of Jared
saw; and there never were greater things made manifest than those which were made
manifest unto the brother of Jared.
5 Wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to write them; and I have written them. And
he commanded me that I should seal them up; and he also hath commanded that I should
seal up the interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the interpreters,
according to the commandment of the Lord.
6 For the Lord said unto me: They shall not go forth unto the Gentiles until the
day that they shall repent of their iniquity, and become clean before the Lord.
7 And in that day that they shall exercise faith in me, saith the Lord, even as the
brother of Jared did, that they may become sanctified in me, then will I manifest
unto them the things which the brother of Jared saw, even to the unfolding unto them
all my revelations, saith Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of the heavens
and of the earth, and all things that in them are.
8 And he that will contend against the word of the Lord, let him be accursed; and
he that shall deny these things, let him be accursed; for unto them will I show no
greater things, saith Jesus Christ; for I am he who speaketh.
9 And at my command the heavens are opened and are shut; and at my word the earth
shall shake; and at my command the inhabitants thereof shall pass away, even so as
10 And he that believeth not my words believeth not my disciples; and if it so be
that I do not speak, judge ye; for ye shall know that it is I that speaketh, at the
11 But he that believeth these things which I have spoken, him will I visit with
the manifestations of my Spirit, and he shall know and bear record. For because of
my Spirit he shall know that these things are true; for it persuadeth men to do good.
12 And whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do good is of me; for good cometh of none
save it be of me. I am the same that leadeth men to all good; he that will not believe
my words will not believe me -- that I am; and he that will not believe me will not
believe the Father who sent me. For behold, I am the Father, I am the light, and
the life, and the truth of the world.
13 Come unto me, O ye Gentiles, and I will show unto you the greater things, the
knowledge which is hid up because of unbelief.
14 Come unto me, O ye house of Israel, and it shall be made manifest unto you how
great things the Father hath laid up for you, from the foundation of the world; and
it hath not come unto you, because of unbelief.
15 Behold, when ye shall rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain
in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind,
then shall the great and marvelous things which have been hid up from the foundation
of the world from you -- yea, when ye shall call upon the Father in my name, with
a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then shall ye know that the Father hath remembered
the covenant which he made unto your fathers, O house of Israel.
16 And then shall my revelations which I have caused to be written by my servant
John be unfolded in the eyes of all the people. Remember, when ye see these things,
ye shall know that the time is at hand that they shall be made manifest in very deed.
17 Therefore, when ye shall receive this record ye may know that the work of the
Father has commenced upon all the face of the land.
18 Therefore, repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me, and believe in my
gospel, and be baptized in my name; for he that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned; and signs shall follow them that
believe in my name.
19 And blessed is he that is found faithful unto my name at the last day, for he
shall be lifted up to dwell in the kingdom prepared for him from the foundation of
the world. And behold it is I that hath spoken it. Amen.