#LDSConf – Ether 10

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The lines of kings continued, with the wicked kings bringing oppression and destruction upon the people, and the righteous king easing their burdens and restoring them.  Shez “began to build up again a broken people” (verse 1) because he remembered the destruction his ancestors had experienced (verse 2).  So he led the people to righteousness, walking “in the ways of the Lord” (verse 2).

His son, like other sons, rebelled against him (verse 3).  But like others who had rebelled, he was killed by the very venue he was using to rebel against his father.  This pattern continues over and over throughout Ether, where the wicked are destroyed by those they used to rise in power using that same wickedness against them.

Since this son was killed, another son, Riplakish, reigned when Shez passed away (verse 4).  He “did not do that which was right in the sight of the Lord”, grieving the people with burdens and taxes, and misusing government funds, and engaging in many sexual sins (verse 5).   When people could not pay their taxes, he threw them in prison and forced them to labor to pay off their debts – and killed those who would not or could not (verse 6).   His unrighteous dominion “did afflict the people” (verse 7).

When he had reigned for more than forty years, the people rebelled against them, and so there was war in the land (verse 8).  This is another continued pattern we learn in Ether.

The next descendant, Morianton, gave battle to the people, gaining power over the cities and land until he made himself king (verse 9).  When he became king, he did the righteous thing: “he did ease the burden of the people” (verse 10).  Because he was good to the people, the people loved him.

However, he did not make good choices for himself (verse 11).  He continued in the sexual sins that he had grown up learning from his father’s bad behavior, which means the people of his generation had also grown up with these sins being “normal” and commonplace.  Because he did not repent, and did not address it with the people, he lost the presence of the Lord.

Without the spirit of the Lord, it was much more difficult for him to make good choices even for the people, because we need the spirit of the Lord to help us discern between what is right and what is wrong.  So once he chose to keep “some” of the sins of his father, then he began to commit other sins like his father had as well.  He built up wealth at the expense of the people (verse 12), and did not teach his children righteousness.   So when his son began to reign, he also “did not reign in righteousness, wherefore he was not favored of the Lord” (verse 13).

Because of his unrighteousness, this king’s brother rebelled against him, and put him in captivity (verse 14).  Even his children were born in captivity (verse 15), until battling themselves out of captivity.  This son remembered the Lord, and repented, and reigned by doing “that which was right in the sight of the Lord”, and so the people prospered (verse 16).  He also taught his children the ways of the Lord, and so they reigned in righteousness as well for several generations (verses 17-19).

The people prospered in righteousness, enough to build a great city and to have enough game for hunting.  They were “exceedingly industrious”, and gained through trade (verse 22).  They worked minerals (verse 23), and silks, and linen, and cloth (verse 24), and tools for farming (verse 25), and tools for their animals (verse 26).  They also made weapons, able to protect their lands and families and provisions (verse 27).

And never could be a people more blessed than were they, and more prospered by the hand of the Lord.  And they were in a land that was choice above all lands, for the Lord had spoken it (verse 28).

They continued in righteousness, until their wealth made them proud, and they focused on weapons, and then their kingdom was taken away (verse 30).  Then they were in captivity for many generations (verse 31).  Battling against their captors, they regained some of the kingdom (verse 32), and also found themselves battling against the Gaddianton Robbers seeking to gain wealth and power to the destruction of everyone else (verses 33).

The people “did not prevail against them” (verse 34) because the only way to conquer them was through righteousness – not just actual battle.

#LDSConf – Ether 9

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After those warnings, Moroni goes back to telling the story of the Jaredite people. By the secret plans of King Omer’s friend, they did steal the kingdom from Omer (verse 1). However, “the Lord was merciful unto Omer” and to his righteous sons and daughters (verse 2), and warned Omer in a dream that he should leave the land with his family (verse 3).

With King Omer gone, Jared got himself anointed king, and gave his daughter as a wife to the one who plotted to kill the king (verse 4). Jared, however, seemed unconcerned with the irony of being king and giving his daughter as a wife to the man who wanted to kill the king. Now that same man wanted to kill Jared, the false king, and began making secret plans again to do so (verse 5). The people of the land were corrupted by “the spreading of this wicked and secret society”, and so Jared was also murdered just as he had arranged the murder of the king before him (verse 6).

This king-killer made himself king, but all he had done was make himself a paranoid king. Afraid his son would do the same thing to him, he put his son in prison “and kept him on little or no food until he had suffered death” (verse 7). When this son died, one of his brothers was angry with their father for starving the son to death (verse 8). This son gathered an army, and fled to where King Omer was in exile (verse 9).

The false king’s family continued to grow, and the people of his stolen kingdom were happy except that they had promised to do “all manner of iniquity” that he could come up with (verse 10). Because he had taught them how to gain power through money and murder, the people began to respond when the sons of the false king began to buy the people’s loyalty (verse 11).

Now the pattern repeats itself again, with a false king facing his worst nightmare: battle against his sons who want to steal the throne in the same way he himself did steal it (verse 12). So many were killed in battle that Omer was restored to his rightful place on the throne (verse 13).

When Omer grew old, his son replaced him as king (verse 14). There was peace in the land (verse 15), and the Lord began to “take the curse from off the land”, and the people and land began to prosper (verse 16). They became so rich that they had silk and fruit and grains and gold and silver (verse 17); they had cattle and oxen and cows and sheep and swine and goats (verse 18). They had useful animals that worked (verse 19). The Lord poured out blessings upon the people in this choice land according to the law he had set that the people of this land would possess it for the Lord or be destroyed in their own iniquity (verse 20).

The righteous king grew old, with peace in the land; he was faithful and righteous, and “even saw the Son of Righteousness” (verse 22).

The phrase “Son of Righteousness” is also in 2 Nephi 26:9:

But the Son of righteousness shall appear unto them; and he shall heal them, and they shall have peace with him, until three generations shall have passed away, and many of the fourth generation shall have passed away in righteousness.

We know that in that verse, Nephi is prophesying the visit of Christ that would come 600 years later. Christ is called “The Righteous” in Moses 7:45, 47.

Righteousness is the path to Holiness (see Romans 6:19 and Moses 7:19). They are very similar, and the difference is subtle. Righteousness is the vehicle by which we arrive at the destination of Holiness (by the cleansing of the atonement and the sanctification of the spirit). No one can return to God until first becoming holy (see Hebrews 12:14), and no one can be holy without being at-one with other people (D&C 38:24).

Holiness is a state of being. It is who we are called to become. It is who our Father-in-Heaven already is, and so He is called “The Man of Holiness” (Moses 7:35). Jesus Christ, His Son, is called “The Son of (the) Man of Holiness” all throughout the New Testament (see Luke 9:22 and 21:36; Moses 6:57 and the Guide to the Scriptures under “Son of Man”).

So we know when Moroni writes of Omer seeing “the Son of Righteousness” that he is referring to the Savior. But it is interesting, I think, that this is the title chosen. It is as if the Savior is teaching Omer (and his people) that He is the path to holiness, akin to when He said “I am the way” (John 14:6). This is a different feel than when Enoch saw the Lord and reached that place of holiness through their righteousness. This is as if the people are still in process, still learning to be righteous. This is their endowing with power, as they have already repented but now claim the Son – and by so doing, they claim joy and peace.

But also, there is a footnote that refers us to 3 Nephi 25:2, which is nearly the same as Malachi 4:2. Remember that Malachi 4 is one of the chapters that Moroni expounds upon to Joseph Smith, so these verses do pertain to our day specifically. It is another reminder that the Father works through His Son and His Spirit to accomplish His plan (our salvation), but that righteousness precedes salvation. It is the Prophet that guards the way, which is righteousness, to our eternal lives. It is Jehovah that closed the Garden (the Father’s physical presence/Temple) and placed the Prophet (“flaming sword”) between us and Him (Jehovah), and so it is only by the Prophet that we return to Christ, and through Christ that we return to our Father (see also 1 Nephi 13:41).

In this process, we are granted His Spirit (presence) in order to learn righteousness (as taught by the prophets – both capital “P” Prophets and the testimonies of others – see Revelation 19:10) so that through Christ we can (are prepared to) return to our Father’s actual presence (and enjoy it/be comfortable there).

It is a time I hunger for essays, to know more of what happened and what they learned, to understand more of what led to this experience and what they gained from it, to see more of how it changed their lives and how they applied it.

But at the time of telling this story, Moroni is bound to brevity and being hunted by the Lamanites.

It is not the time for delivering long speeches or chiseling expanded essays onto metal plates, and so the story continues without further explanation.

When it was time for him to die, he anointed his son Coriantum as king (verse 21). Coriantum was righteous as his father was, and the cities prospered under his reign (verse 23). When he was old, his wife died. He took a new wife, and began to have children (verse 24). He passed his kingdom on to his son, who had his own family (verse 25).

Wickedness returned to the land, with the son of the king again trying to use secret plans to kill the king and steal the kingdom (verse 26). This time he killed the king himself (verse 27).

Because the people were wicked, the Lord sent them prophets to urge the people to repent, and to warn them there would be a famine if they did not (verse 28). But the people would not listen, and cast them out, and threw them in pits, and left them to die (verse 29).

Then the famine came, and the people began to die quickly (verse 30). Poisonous snakes came, and more people died (verse 31). The people began to flee (verse 32), but they could not get around the snakes (verse 33). The people had no choice but to “follow the course of the beasts”, eating carcasses of animals that died along the way (verse 34).

Finally, the people realized the prophets spoke truth, and that they needed to repent.

And it came to pass that when they had humbled themselves sufficiently before the Lord, he did send rain upon the face of the earth; and the people began to revive again, and there began to be fruit… and the Lord did show forth his power unto them in preserving them from famine (verse 35).

Gotcha Day

The kids knew today was one of our four “Gotcha Days” each year, so they knew today was going to be fun and full of surprises!

“Gotcha Day” is, of course, an adoption anniversary.  Today happens to be Gotcha Day for Kirk and Barrett!

Our first surprise was a huge blessing: an interpreter friend got our whole family into the PAC for free!

We saw The Man Who Planted Trees, which was the lovely kind of puppet show play Nathan would have taken us to in New York! This turned into an excellent healing and respite treat for Nathan, to get some theater time to feed his soul. That made me so happy! 

The kids loved it!  It was about a puppet-man and his puppet-puppy, complete with aromatic special effects and even a time it rained on the audience!  They had a blast, and laughed so hard!

You can see Anber was brace enough to have her picture taken, but not yet ready to smile for strangers. That’s ok.  Mary loved it for the ASL interpreter, making theater accessible to her.

Then we went out for lunch for free pizza because Alex got Student of the Month!  Boom!

By then, Kyrie was awake from nap, so we picked her up to give Papa the afternoon off, and the rest of us went to the zoo!  Once again, we were so grateful for our zoo passes bought in budget early so that we have these easy free days to play! What a blessing!

Mary finally understands all the animal signs mean something, and made sure everyone at the zoo knew all the signs.

Alex climbed everything, because he can.

Kirk made it without his wheelchair, for which I was grateful since I had to push the baby, but that means he walked eight miles today, so he was a trooper.

Barrett got to run around for the first time this trip, instead of holding on to the stroller, and it is so fun to watch him grow up and mature.

Anber started her day in clothes that fit, but grew out of by 2pm.  I am not even kidding.  She is growing so long so fast!

Kyrie was old enough to finally realize we were actually looking at real animals, and she FLIPPED OUT!  I love that magical moment, cans remember when it happened with Anber.  Kyrie loved the monkeys and giraffes the most, and left the zoo at closing time crying and signing “more her-aff! More her-aff!”

You can see cute videos and more pictures from the zoo on our Keeping Kyrie page on FaceBook!  Remember to comment on the page from time to time if you want to keep receiving its updates.  That’s just how Facebook works.

After the zoo, we met Alex’s parents and Anber and Kyrie’s grandmother.  

Alex’s dad got his CDL and drives semi trucks now, so they have a home and a van and are doing really well and staying clean.  We are so proud of them!

The boys’ mom and Mary’s mom did not come. We haven’t heard from Mary’s mom, and she didn’t respond to messages.  The boys’ mom said she tried to come but could get a ride from the aunt helping her with the new baby.  We will try a Bartlesville visit another day.

Everyone had a blast, and we played until dark.  Then we said goodbyes and loaded up in the van.  The kids don’t meltdown anymore after visits, and I am grateful.  They will have a random tearful moment about something else later this week, but it will really be about visits (or lack of), and we will hold them and remind them they are safe and they are loved.

We had a gift card for McDonald’s, and treated the children to a feast of fake preservative food in nuggets and fries as we drove home.  This is a rare occurrence for us, as we almost always eat at home together at the table.  But it does help transition after visits, and it was a day of  celebration.  It also means they were ready for pajamas when we got home, since we read scriptures this morning, and they were asleep as soon as they finished brushing their teeth!

Kyrie watched Anber and Mary change into pajamas and carry their dirty clothes to their respective hampers, then she looked at me and said, “Ohhhh!” Then she ran to the playroom and scooped up armloads of baby doll clothes and carried them to the hamper! It was so funny!

What a day we had!  I loved every moment, even if I am just as worn out.  We will all sleep well tonight!

#LDSConf – Ether 8

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The kingdom was in peace for many generations, until the time of Omer and his son Jared (verse 1).  Jared rebelled against his father, leaving the land and gathering people by the use of flattery (verse 2).  When he had stirred up half the people, he took his father captive in battle (verse 3).  Omer was captive half his life, under his son Jared’s rule, with his growing family also in captivity (verse 4).

Like generations before them, when the righteous king was held captive by an unrighteous son, the righteous siblings in captivity grew angry with their hostile brother (verse 5).  When they grew, they rose up against Jared and conquered his army, and very nearly killed Jared as well – but he pled at the last minute to be spared, promising to return the kingdom to his father, so they granted him his life (verse 6).

But Jared was sorry to have lost his kingdom, “for he had set his heart upon the kingdom and upon the glory of the world” (verse 7).  His daughter saw his sorrow, and made a plan to get the kingdom back for her father (verse 8).  She reminded him of the old stories of secret combinations (verse 9), and offered to go and dance for King Omer’s friend in exchange for King Omer’s head (verse 10).

Jared liked this plan, and set it up.  He invited King Omer’s friend over, his daughter danced for him, and he asked to keep her as a wife (verse 11).  Jared said he could have her, but that the dowry price was King Omer’s head (verse 12).  And so the secret plans began: King Omer’s friend gathered all of Jared’s household, and made them promise to be faithful to him in whatever he needs to do to get King Omer’s head (verse 13).  All the people agreed, saying that anyone who ratted him out would be lose their life (verse 14).  They took oaths of power, the oaths of Cain who murdered Abel (verse 15), the oaths that had been passed down in darkness for power, murder, plundering, lying, wickedness, and whoredoms (verse 16).

This is how it was passed down and came to be, from the idea of Jared’s daughter who knew the story, to Jared himself who researched what to do and how to do it, and King Omer’s friends who administered it to those who pledged their loyalty (verse 17).  This is how they combined in secret, how they planned to kill King Omer to gain their own power, even though such plans are “most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God” (verse 18).

For the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man (verse 19).

Moroni interrupts his story now, in another monologue to the reader.  He says that he is not including in this part of the story the exact oaths taken, but that the Lamanites know them, and that this is what has caused their destruction happening now around him and what destroyed the Nephites (verses 20-21).  Further, he says that any nation that uses these “to get power and gain” will be destroyed, “for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not” (verse 22).

It is wisdom, he tells us (even us, now), that these things not be shown to us further, that we can instead focusing on repenting of our sins instead of seeking power and gain (verse 23).  But he does tells us of what happened, he says, “that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation” (verse 24).

For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning (verse 25).

So Moroni warns us of these things, “that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved” (verse 26).

Cheers to the Trees

When I get to the hospital, I park in the furthest parking lot.

I need the walk to prepare for my day of chaplain-ing, and at the end of the day, I need the walk to transition back into mom mode.  It’s part of my self-care.

But this morning was the first morning it was still dark when I arrived, and it seemed extra still and quiet somehow.

I watched other people arriving, mostly nurses this early, and saw them cut across diagonally for the shortcut into the tunnels that take us to the elevators that take us to our respective floors.

I stay on the sidewalk, because it is lined with bushes and trees.  The wind picks up as the storm clouds roll passed us in the sky above, and the earth comes alive around me.  I think of the verse in Psalms about the trees clapping their hands, and I feel their applause cheering me on as I push forward this early morning.  It is like a hug from Heavenly Father, and I feel that He is pleased… not because I did something or haven’t failed yet today, but just because I am His daughter.

When I do make it upstairs to my office, I watch the sun come up as I eat my oatmeal.

The colors are just starting to change on the trees, and it’s a beautiful morning in the city.

Nathan is at home, wrestling with feeding tube tapes while the children are busy in the playroom.

He gives them bagels for breakfast, and I am sad I am not there (and sad I am not in pajamas).

I left them homeschool work to do today, and he has activities planned, and I am glad that I do not have an overnight shift tonight.

I am weary from this week, and honestly admit I will be glad when my work today is finished, and I left in the crisp afternoon to walk past my trees again, giving them high fives for our good work today.

I will be glad to go back home tonight.

#LDSConf – Ether 7

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The son of Jared reigned in righteousness (verse 1), and his family grew and prospered (verse 2).  When he passed, his son took the throne (verse 3).  His son began his family, including having a son named Corihor.

When Corihor was grown, he rebelled against his father, and left the land, drawing many after him (verse 4).  He gathered these people as an army, and marched against his father to take him captive (verse 5).  This fulfilled what Jared’s brother had said about choosing kings would lead to their captivity (verse 5).  The king was held captive until he was very old, but had another son named Shule while he was in captivity (verse 7).

As Shule grew up in captivity, he became angry with his brother that reigned over them unrighteously and on a stolen throne.  He grew strong, and mighty, and wise (verse 8).  He gathered others who wanted to reclaim the rightful thrown for his father, and they made swords to arm themselves, and fought for the kingdom and restored it to his father (verse 9).

Because Shule had done this righteously, winning the kingdom but then returning it to his father, his father the king gave it back to his son Shule (verse 10) who then reigned in righteousness (verse 11).  Shule’s family grew (verse 12), and he made peace with Corihor, even giving Corihor power after he repented (verse 13).

Corihor’s family also grew, including having a son named Noah (verse 14).  This son rebelled (as his father had) against king Shule, and against his father Corihor (verse 15).  He battled against them, stealing some of the land and making himself king there (verse 16), taking Shule captive (verse 17).

The night before Noah was going to kill Shule, the sons of Shule snuck into the house and killed Noah in his sleep, breaking Shule out of prison and restoring him to his throne (verse 18).

So there is a pattern, where the children make the same bad choices they learned from their parents, repeating the mistakes of their parents, and suffering the same consequences they had inflicted on others.

But there is also a pattern of good children making good choices, following the good patterns of their parents, fighting for righteous dominion and honoring their parents by restoring them to their proper places, and being blessed for these good choices.

Now the country was divided into two kingdoms: the kingdom of Shule, and the kingdom of the son of Noah who was killed in his sleep) (verse 20).   The son of Noah tried to battle Shule, but Shule won (verse 21).

But then we see something new happen: repentance.  This is another pattern.  There are children who learn to repent by seeing their parents repent.  Cohiror did repent, and so was given honor and power in righteous ways.  So also does Nimrod repent, on behalf of his family, giving his inherited kingdom (from the son of Noah) back to Shule (verse 22).  This gained him favor with Shule, who granted him freedom and favors.

It was a season of repentance.  The Lord sent prophets among the people to tell them that their bad choices were “bringing a curse upon the land, and they should be destroyed if they did not repent” (verse 23).  The people would not listen, and even mocked the prophets, so much that Shule had to punish those who had reviled the prophets (verse 24).   King Shule made a law giving prophets the freedom to go where they wanted for preaching, and this was a rebuke to the people who “were brought unto repentance” (verse 25).

The Lord kept His promise, and spared the people when they repented, and the people began to prosper again (verse 26).  The people had peace in the Lord, with no more wars, because they “remembered the great things that the Lord had done” and so the king reigned in righteousness (verse 27).

Chaplains in Training

Last night the kids worked hard preparing a chapel service:

And they did so well this morning!

The chaplains loved them, and they adore the other chaplains!

Mary even had her dream come true of meeting my colleague Madeline Manning Mims, an Olympic athlete who is now becoming the chaplain to TeamUSA for the Olympics. She was so thrilled!  Madeline was lovely to her, blessing her with both song and identity. It was so good for her!

#LDSConf – Ether 6

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Now Moroni proceeds with “the record of Jared and his brother” (verse 1).  He tells us that Jared’s brother put the stones in the vessels as light (verse 2), “and thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness” (verse 3).

So also is Christ our light in the mists of darkness, our path Home through mortality.

When the people finished preparing the food for the trip, they boarded their vessels “commending themselves unto the Lord their God” (verse 4).  The Lord sent winds that blew the vessels (verse 5).  Even when vessels were “many times buried in the depths of the sea” (verse 6), “there was no water that could hurt them” because their vessels were sealed tight as Noah’s ark had been (verse 7).  The wind never stopped, always blowing them forward to the promised land (verse 8).

So also are we prepared for all things, knowing that even afflictions and storms are necessary in refining us and pushing us in the right direction, even towards our promised land, even our Father’s presence.

And they did sing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord (verse 9).

While their vessels were driven forth, nothing could destroy them, and they did have light continually.

So also do are we driven through mortality by storms and afflictions, but we do also always have His light – and nothing can destroy us.  2 Corinthians 4:8-9 says:

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed…

For nearly a year, the families of Jared and his brother were driven across the waters (verse 11) before landing in the promised land (verse 12):

… And when they had set their feet upon the shores of the promised land, they bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, and did humble themselves before the Lord, and did shed tears of joy before the Lord, because of the multitude of his tender mercies over them.

They had been protected and provided for, arriving safely in the land that was promised.  It was time to get to work, tilling the earth (verse 13) and continuing their families (verses 14-16).  As their families grew, “they were taught to walk humbly before the Lord; and they were also taught from on high” (verse 17).

That “taught from on high” is Temple talk.  It means, among other things, that they received the ordinances they needed as their families grew not only physically but also spiritually.  The blessings are then given as evidence, as tokens of a covenant-keeping people, in that their families prospered as did their land.  “They did wax strong in the land” (verse 18).

When the brother of Jared grew old, he asked Jared to gather the people to number them – which is also to bless them – “that we may know of them what they will desire of us before we go down to our graves” (verse 19).  The people were gathered (verse 20), and asked what they needed before their patriarchs passed from mortality (verse 21).

The children asked for one of their sons to be a king over them (verse 22).  This grieved their parents, and Jared’s brother warned the children that this would lead to their captivity (verse 23).  However, Jared himself consented, telling the children to choose their king from amongst them (verse 24).

The people chose the eldest of the children of Jared’s brother, but he refused (verse 25). The people tried to get Jared’s brother to force him, but Jared’s brother knew it was not good for the people and would not force his son to be king over them.

Then the people tried to choose the other children of Jared’s brother, but all of them refused (verse 26).  They understood their father’s teaching, and knew it would not be a good thing.  Rather than putting everyone at risk, they remained humble and faithful to what their father had taught.

Finally, the people began to ask the sons of Jared, and none of them would be king, either – except one, and he was made king (verse 27).  He reigned according to the Lord, as his father and uncle had taught them, and the people prospered (verse 28).

And it came to pass that Orihah did walk humbly before the Lord, and did remember how great things the Lord had done for his father, and also taught his people how great things the Lord had done for their fathers (verse 30).

Then Jared and his brother passed away from mortality (verse 29).