Chapter 50

The Jaredites Leave Babel

“Chapter 50: The Jaredites Leave Babel,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 143–44

Jared and his brother talking

Jared and his brother were righteous men who lived in a city called Babel. They lived hundreds of years before the Nephites.

wicked people in Babel

Most of the people in Babel were wicked. They built a tower to try to get to heaven. The Lord became angry and changed their language.

Jared talking to his brother

Jared asked his brother to pray and ask the Lord not to change the language of their families and friends.

brother of Jared praying

The brother of Jared prayed, and the Lord answered his prayer. Jared, his brother, and their families and friends could still understand one another.

Jared and family leaving

The Lord told the brother of Jared to gather his family and friends and leave the land. They took their animals and all kinds of seeds with them.

Jaredites traveling

The Lord said he would lead the Jaredites to a promised land.


The Jaredites caught birds and fish to take with them.


They took swarms of honeybees.

Jaredites traveling

The Jaredites traveled in the wilderness. The Lord spoke to them from a cloud and told them which way to go.


The Lord said the people who live in the promised land must serve God or they will be destroyed.

Jaredites camping by seashore

When the Jaredites got to the seashore, they put up their tents. They stayed by the sea for four years.