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The Brother of Jared’s Answers for Today

Don - April 28, 2010

My bother and sister are involved in an adult FHE group and my sister taught the “lesson” this week. My brother sent me an email giving me several insights from the presentation. I thought these two were worth passing on.

First Joseph never went back or reviewed previous parts of the translation before he went on. In Ether he gives the genealogy of Jared to Ether (that’s about 27 generations). I don’t know about you but I can’t give 5 generations in my genealogy. How Joseph could give 27 generations without referring back to those generations that he had previously given is a testimony to me.

Second: When the brother of Jared went to the Lord and said he had 3 problems. First no air in the barges (because they were tight like a dish), second, he had no way to steer the barges to the promised land, and third no light in the barges.

The insights in to the answers are what I find so interesting. First no air. The Lord tell’s the BofJ to cut holes in the top and bottom. (Insight: BofJ – here’s my problem, God gives the answer but we have to do the work.) Second can’t steer. (Insight: BofJ – here’s my problem, God does the work -solves the problem) Third no light. (Insight: BofJ – here’s my problem, God says “So”, come up with an answer yourself and present it to me – see if it’s right).

So just like today those same three solutions to our prayers apply, just like they did for the BofJ.

Just an insight I had never noticed before but find so interesting. It confirms again that the things that work in the scriptures work for us in our day too.


  1. I think it was Nibley who speculated that the reason God did not answer the BofJ concerning light was that the answer already existed in the scripture he would have had concerning Noah. Some extra-Biblical sources talk about Noah lighting the arc with shining stones, so the idea would be that God made him search the scriptures when the answer was already contained there. Here is a source for that: John A. Tvedtnes, Glowing Stones in Ancient and Medieval Lore

    Comment by Jacob J — April 28, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

  2. Thanks Jacob, I remember that I had heard that, but thank you for source.

    Comment by Don — April 29, 2010 @ 11:40 am

  3. Really great, Dad! I’ll even pass these thoughts along (which will make me sound very wise and insightful.) Hehehe Thanx! :)

    Comment by Angela — April 29, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

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