Come, Follow Me
November 25–December 1: “By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled.” Ether 12–15

“November 25–December 1: ‘By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled.’ Ether 12–15,” Come, Follow Me—For Home and Church: Book of Mormon 2024 (2023)

“November 25–December 1. Ether 12–15,” Come, Follow Me—For Home and Church: 2024 (2023)

Ether entering a cave

Ether Hiding in the Cavity of a Rock, by Gary Ernest Smith

November 25–December 1: “By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled”

Ether 12–15

Ether’s prophecies to the Jaredites were “great and marvelous” (Ether 12:5). He “told them of all things, from the beginning of man” (Ether 13:2). He foresaw “the days of Christ” and the latter-day New Jerusalem (Ether 13:4). And he spoke of “hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God” (Ether 12:4). But the Jaredites rejected his words, for the same reason people often reject the prophecies of God’s servants today—“because they [see] them not” (Ether 12:5). It takes faith to believe in promises or warnings about things we can’t see, just as it took faith for Ether to prophesy of “great and marvelous things” to an unbelieving people. It took faith for Moroni to trust that the Lord could take his “weakness in writing” and turn it into strength (see Ether 12:23–27). It’s this kind of faith that makes us “sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God” (Ether 12:4). And it’s this kind of faith by which “all things are fulfilled” (Ether 12:3).

Ideas for Learning at Home and at Church

Ether 12

Faith in Jesus Christ can lead to miracles.

It’s common today, as it was in Ether’s day, for people to want to see evidence before believing in God and His power. What do you learn from Ether 12:5–6 about this idea?

As you read Ether 12, you might make note of every time you find the word “faith.” Consider what each instance teaches about faith. Questions like these may help: What is faith? What does it mean to exercise faith? What are the fruits of faith in Jesus Christ? You could also record your thoughts about witnesses you have gained “after the trial of your faith” (Ether 12:6).

See also Russell M. Nelson, “Christ Is Risen; Faith in Him Will Move Mountains,” Liahona, May 2021, 101–4.

Let others share, and sometimes teach. People learn best when they have opportunities to share what they are learning or even teach in a formal setting. Whether at home or at church, consider allowing others, including youth, to teach a part of the lesson.

Ether 12:1–9, 28, 32

Jesus Christ gives us “a more excellent hope.”

In addition to profound insights about faith, Ether 12 also has a lot to say about hope. Let these questions guide your study:

  • What were the reasons that Ether had to “hope for a better world”? (see Ether 12:2–5).

  • What is the purpose of an anchor? What does hope do for your soul that’s similar to what an anchor does for a boat? (see Ether 12:4).

  • What should we hope for? (see Ether 12:4; Moroni 7:41).

  • How has the gospel of Jesus Christ given you “a more excellent hope”? (Ether 12:32).

See also Moroni 7:40–41; Jeffrey R. Holland, “A Perfect Brightness of Hope,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2020, 81–84.

Ether 12:23–29

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Jesus Christ can turn my weakness into strength.

When we read Moroni’s powerful writings, it’s easy to forget that he worried about his “weakness in writing” and feared that people would mock his words (see Ether 12:23–25). If you have ever felt anxious about your own weakness, read about Moroni’s struggles—and the Savior’s response—in Ether 12:23–29. You might also ponder times when Jesus Christ has helped you recognize your weakness and made you strong—even if He didn’t completely remove it. Also think about weaknesses you are currently struggling with. What do you need to do to receive the Savior’s promise to “make weak things become strong”? (Ether 12:27).

Consider searching the following passages to see how others in the scriptures gained strength through the grace of Jesus Christ:

See also Gospel Topics, “Grace,” Gospel Library; “The Lord Is My Light,” Hymns, no. 89.

Ether 13:13–22; 14–15

Rejecting the Lord’s prophets puts me in spiritual danger.

Being king of the Jaredites was, historically, a dangerous position. This was especially true for Coriantumr, as many “mighty men … sought to destroy him” (Ether 13:15–16). In Ether 13:15–22, notice what Coriantumr did to protect himself and what the prophet Ether counseled him to do instead. As you read the rest of the book of Ether, ponder the consequences of rejecting the prophets. What happens to people when “the Spirit of the Lord [ceases] striving with them”? (Ether 15:19). What might the Lord want you to learn from these accounts? Consider what you will do to follow His prophets.

For more ideas, see this month’s issues of the Liahona and For the Strength of Youth magazines.

Ideas for Teaching Children

Ether 12:6–22

Faith is believing in things I cannot see.

Ether 12:4, 32

Hope is like an anchor to my soul.

  • To understand what Ether 12:4 teaches about hope, you and your children could look at a picture of a boat and an anchor. Why do boats need anchors? What would happen to a boat that does not have an anchor? As you read Ether 12:4 together, talk about how hope helps us the way an anchor helps a boat. Invite your children to draw pictures of a boat and anchor so they can teach others about hope.

  • If your children need a definition of hope, help them find one in Guide to the Scriptures, “Hope” (Gospel Library). According to this definition and Ether 12:4, 32, what should we hope for? (see also Moroni 7:40–42). Help your children think of other words for hope, along with words that mean the opposite of hope. You could also share with each other some gospel truths that give you hope.

Ether 12:23–29

Jesus Christ can help me become spiritually strong.

  • Children sometimes face situations in which they feel weak, just as Moroni did. Help your children find out why Moroni felt this way in Ether 12:23–25, and ask them if they have ever had similar feelings. Then invite them to read verses 26–27 to find out how the Lord helped Moroni.

  • Perhaps your children could draw a picture of something weak and something strong. Then they could add to their drawing some words and phrases from Ether 12:23–29 that teach them about how the Savior can turn our weakness into strength. Encourage your children to think about a weakness they have and then seek the Savior’s help to become strong. You could also share an experience when the Savior helped you become strong enough to do something hard.

For more ideas, see this month’s issue of the Friend magazine.

Ether kneeling at the opening of a cave

Marvelous Were the Prophecies of Ether, by Walter Rane