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Having finished his father’s records, Moroni will write his own record (the book of Moroni) before hiding the plates for safe keeping. But before he gets to his own record, he now inserts the records found in the days of King Mosiah (see Mosiah 28). He abridges them here, in the book of Ether (verses 1-2). Because he is abridging the records, he skips the part that is the same as already in the Bible (from Creation to the tower of Babel) (verse 3). However, their record of those events are in the actual record, he says, and whoever finds that record can get the full account (verse 4). But for his purpose of abridging the records, he is only going to include the part of the story about what happened to the people from the time of the tower of Babel until they were destroyed (verse 5). The record itself was recorded by Ether, and Moroni gives Ether’s genealogy (verses 6-32), all the way back to Jared who lived at the time of the tower of Babel when “the Lord confounded the language of the people” (verse 33).
Moroni explains that the brother of Jared was a “large and mighty man, and a man highly favored of the Lord” (verse 34). Jared pleaded with his brother to pray so that their family would not lose their language (verse 34). Jared’s brother did pray, and the Lord responded with compassion, and their language was not confounded (verse 35).
Then Jared asked his brother to pray again, and find out if the Lord wanted them to stay in the area, or leave as other prophets had warned, and to ask about where they should go if they ought to leave (verse 38). They asked this, prepared to be faithful to the Lord no matter what the answer was (verse 38).
Jared’s brother did pray again (verse 39), and the Lord did answer him again (verse 40), telling them to gather their flocks and families and friends (verse 41) and that He would lead them to a choice land (verse 42).
And there will I bless thee and thy seed, and raise up unto me of thy seed, and of the seed of thy brother, and they who shall go with thee, a great nation. And there shall be none greater than the nation which I will raise up unto me of thy seed, upon all the face of the earth. And thus I will do unto thee because this long time ye have cried unto me (verse 43).