The Destruction of the Jaredites

“The Destruction of the Jaredites,” Friend, June 1990, 18

The Destruction of the Jaredites

Jaredites became rich

The Jaredites grew in number and became rich. They chose a king to be their leader. Ether 6:18, 22–28

and wicked

Many years passed. The Jaredites became wicked. The Lord sent prophets to tell them that they would be destroyed if they did not repent. Ether 11:1

They would not listen to the prophets

The people would not listen to the prophets. They tried to kill them. Ether 11:2

There were many wars

There were wars and famines in the land. Many Jaredites died. Ether 11:7

Ether preached about God

The Lord sent another prophet, named Ether. Ether preached from morning until evening. He told the Jaredites to believe in God and to repent. Ether 12:2–3

He told them to believe in God

Ether told the Jaredites that if they would believe in God, they would someday live in a better world with Heavenly Father. Ether 12:4

The people did not believe him

Ether told the Jaredites many wonderful things, but they did not believe him. They made him leave their city. Ether 12:5, Ether 13:13

Ether hid from the people

Ether hid in a hole in a rock during the day so that he would not be killed. At night he went out and saw what should happen to the people. Ether 13:13

He wrote about the Jaredites while he was hiding

Ether finished writing the history of the Jaredites while he was hiding. Ether 13:14

Coriantumr was a wicked king

Coriantumr was a wicked Jaredite king. The Lord sent Ether to tell Coriantumr to repent or he would live to see all his people killed. Ether 13:16–17, Ether 20–21

He and his people would not repent

Coriantumr and his people would not repent. Coriantumr tried to have Ether killed, but Ether ran and hid in the rock. Ether 13:22

The people were very wicked

The people were so wicked that a curse came upon the land. They could not lay down their tools or swords because by the next day the objects would be gone. Ether 14:1

Even women and children were fighting

All the Jaredites were fighting, even the women and children. Coriantumr led one army. Another man, named Shiz, led the other army. Ether 14:19–20, Ether 15:15

Coriantumr and Shiz were both wicked

Coriantumr and Shiz were both wicked men. The Spirit of the Lord had left the Jaredite people because of their great wickedness. Satan had full power over them. Ether 15:19

Everyone killed but Coriantumr and Shiz

The Jaredites fought until Coriantumr and Shiz were the only ones left. When Shiz fainted from losing so much blood, Coriantumr cut off his head. Ether 15:27–30

Coriantumr found by people of Zarahemla

Ether’s prophecy came true. Coriantumr was the last Jaredite alive. Later he was found by the people of Zarahemla. Omni 1:20–21

All the Jaredites were killed

Ether finished writing the history of the Jaredites. They had been destroyed because of their wickedness. The Jaredite records were later found by the Nephites. Ether 15:33

Illustrated by Robert T. Barrett