Ether 12-15: “By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled” (November 23-29)

It’s not surprising that Moroni named his history of the Jaredites “the Book of Ether.” He must have felt a particular kinship with the last Jaredite prophet, who spent much of his life in hiding, and who witnessed the destruction of his people.

As he introduces the prophet Ether to us, Moroni expounds on the concept of faith leading to hope. Ether told his people that hope comes from faith, and that it creates an anchor for our souls (Ether 12:4). Moroni elaborates on this principle, showing how faith-based hope was a stabilizing force in the lives of individuals throughout the Book of Mormon, and in his own life as well. Here is my summary of Moroni’s message in Ether 12:

Moroni teaches us about faith

Moroni shared other teachings from Ether, including a prophecy of the gathering of Israel to a New Jerusalem on the American continent (Ether 13:1-14).

After describing the final battle of the Jaredites, Moroni ends the record with Ether’s final words, which must have been particularly meaningful to him as well:

Whether the Lord will that I be translated, or that I suffer the will of the Lord in the flesh, it mattereth not, if it so be that I am saved in the kingdom of God. Amen.

Ether 15:34

Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned from those chapters:

Faith and Hope

Sharing the Gospel

Repentance and the Atonement of Jesus Christ

Other lessons

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