Ether 1-5: “Rend That Veil of Unbelief” (November 9-15)

President Russell M. Nelson said, “I urge you to stretch beyond your current spiritual ability to receive personal revelation, for the Lord has promised that ‘if thou shalt [seek], thou shalt receive revelation upon revelation, knowledge upon knowledge, that thou mayest know the mysteries and peaceable things—that which bringeth joy, that which bringeth life eternal'” (“Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives,” General Conference, April 2018).

In the first five chapters of Ether, we see this process happening in the life of the brother of Jared. He receives “revelation upon revelation” as he and his brother strive to lead their people after experiencing the confounding of languages at the Tower of Babel. Moroni tells us that they were “directed continually by the hand of the Lord” (Ether 12:6).

At least nine prayers are referenced in these chapters. In the earliest prayers, the brother of Jared asks for a blessing and receives it. Over time, he begins to ask for guidance and to receive instruction from God. He makes mistakes along the way, is reproved by God, and repents. Ultimately, his prayers lead him to the Savior, who shows him “all things” (Ether 3:25-26).

How can we develop our ability to be directed by God? Here are some lessons I’ve learned from these chapters:

Prayer

Belief and Knowledge

Other Insights

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