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Chapter 52: The Destruction of the Jaredites
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“Chapter 52: The Destruction of the Jaredites,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 149–51

“Chapter 52,” Book of Mormon Stories, 149–51

Chapter 52

The Destruction of the Jaredites

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The Jaredites grew in number and became rich. They chose a king to be their leader.

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Many years passed, and the Jaredites became wicked. The Lord sent prophets to tell them to repent or they would be destroyed.

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The people did not listen to the prophets. They tried to kill them.

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There were wars and famines in the land. Many Jaredites died.

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The Lord sent another prophet, named Ether. He preached from morning until evening, telling the Jaredites to believe in God and repent.

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

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Ether told the Jaredites many important things, but they did not believe him. They made him leave the city.

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Ether hid in a cave during the day so he would not be killed. At night he went out and saw what was happening to the Jaredites.

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He finished writing the history of the Jaredites while he was hiding.

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The Lord sent Ether to Coriantumr, who was a wicked Jaredite king. Ether told him to repent or he would live to see all his people killed.

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Coriantumr and his people did not repent. He tried to have Ether killed, but Ether ran and hid in the cave.

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The people were so wicked that the Lord cursed the land. They could not set their tools or swords down because by the next day the objects would be gone.

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All the Jaredites fought in the wars, including the women and children. Coriantumr led one army and a man named Shiz led the other.

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Coriantumr and Shiz were both wicked men. The Holy Ghost had left the Jaredites because of their wickedness. Satan had full power over them.

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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.

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Ether’s prophecy had come true: Coriantumr was the last Jaredite alive. He was found by the people of Zarahemla.

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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.