#LDSConf – Ether 15

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Death was not the end of this story, yet.

Coriantumr recovered, and he began to remember the words of the prophet Ether (verse 1).  He thought about how more than two million of his people had already been killed, plus women and children (verse 2).  He sorrowed in his heart sincerely, and (verse 3):

He began to repent of the evil which he had done; he began to remember the words which had been spoken by the mouth of all the prophets, and he saw them that they were fulfilled thus far, every whit; and his soul mourned and refused to be comforted.

So he wrote a letter to the rebel leader, asking him to spare the people, even saying that “he would give up the kingdom for the sake of the lives of the people”, just to make the war stop (verse 4).

The rebel leader agreed to spare the lives of the people if Coriantumr would give himself up (verse 5).

But the people did not follow Coriantumr’s example, and they did not repent (verse 6).

This grieved Coriantumr, that he could have saved the lives of his people, but they would not listen.  Because they chose to fight, he had to endure more battle as well.

So despite the agreements of the leaders, the people went back to battle anyway (verse 6), so much that Coriantumr had to flee (verse 7).  The other army caught up to them (verse 8), and Coriantumr was wounded again (verse 9).

They chased in battle (verse 10), all the way to where Mormon had hidden up the sacred records in the hill (verse 11).  They gathered all the people who had not yet been killed, except Ether (verse 12).  Ether watched all these things, seeing the two sides gather together against the other (verse 13).  They took four years to gather the last of those surviving the wars, even the women and children (verse 15),giving strength and rest while they prepared for final battle (verse 14).

When the final battle begun, so many lives were lost, of these who had survived the horrific years of war, that “they did rend the air exceedingly” in grief (verse 16).  They fought day after day, no one side conquering the other, and mourned in the night for the loss of those slain (verse 17).

Coriantumr again wrote to the rebel leader, asking for there to be no more battle, so that they could save the lives of the people (verse 18).

But behold, the Spirit of the Lord had ceased striving with them, and Satan had full power over the hearts of the people; for they were given up unto the hardness of their hearts, and the blindness of their minds that they might be destroyed…

So again the people went to battle (verse 19).

The people fought all day, and slept on their swords at night (verse 20), and then fought all the next day (verse 21).  By night they were “drunken with anger, even as a man who is drunken with wine”, sleeping on the swords until beginning battle again the next morning (verse 22).

This continued, until their were only 52 people left of Coriantumr’s people, and only 69 rebels remaining (verse 23).  The battle continued again (verse 24) until Coriantumr only had 27 people and the rebels only had 32 survivors (verse 25).  These remaining were the strongest soldiers (verse 26), and the battle continued again for three hours the next day (verse 27).

Coriantumr’s people tried to flee for their lives, but the rebels chased them as the leader swore he would kill Coriantumr or die by his own sword (verse 28).

The battle continued until only Coriantumr and the rebel leader remained, and he fainted with loss of blood (verse 29).  Coriantumr leaned upon his sword to rest, and then took of the rebel leader’s head (verse 30).

After the rebel leader died (verse 31), Coriantumr fell in exhaustion, “and became as if he had no life” (verse 32).

When the battle was done, the Lord told his prophet Ether to go, and Ether saw all that had been fulfilled, even that Coriantumr did not die by the sword (verse 33).

The land was covered in the bones of the dead from such great battle that destroyed millions of people, because the people would not listen to the prophets and turn to the Lord and care for each other.  These were the bones found by the people of Limhi (see Mosiah 8).

Moroni tells us that the final words that Ether recorded are these (verse 34):

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.

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