He Will Comfort You as the Brother of Jared

The story of the Brother of Jared in the Book of Mormon is a powerful reminder that we can rend the veil if we follow the correct pattern of faith.

The Brother of Jared said, “because of the fall our natures have become evil continually; nevertheless, O Lord, thou hast given us a commandment that we must call upon thee, that from thee we may receive according to our desires.” (Either 3:2)

The first step in finding the Lord is to “desire” to please Him. The B. of Jared knew his people were in a difficult situation and would need divine assistance and he knew God could grant unto him his desire, so he went in prayer.

The Lord could have simply told the B. of Jared what to do, but instead allowed him to use his faith to find a solution. What would you have done? Some would have expected the Lord to figure it out for them and wait, but the B. of Jared knew that the Lord could do ANYTHING, so he had the idea of the sixteen stones.

What situation are you challenged with in your life? How will you approach the Lord with a problem or task? Will you reason it out with the Lord as did the B. of Jared?

This is what the B. of Jared did and do you think he got an immediate response? It states “And it came to pass . . .” meaning that there was a period of waiting. At last the Lord stretched forth His hand and touched each stone one by one. As the B. of Jared gazed upon the scene the veil was “taken off” and he saw only the finger of the Lord. What did the B. of Jared do to make this possible?

“And the Lord said unto him; Because of thy faith thou hast seen that I shall take upon me flesh and blood; and never has man come before me with such exceeding faith as thou hast; for were it not so ye could not have seen my finger.” (Either 3:9)

The Lord again said to the B. of Jared, “Never has man believed in me as thou hast.” The power of belief was not simply in knowing God existed, but was his faith in the Lord’s willingness to bless him. He knew that God would comfort him.

Moroni then makes this comment: “And because of the knowledge of this man he could not be kept from beholding within the veil; and he saw the finger of Jesus, which, when he saw, he fell with fear; for the knew that it was the finger of the Lord; and he had faith no longer, for he knew, nothing doubting. Wherefore, having this perfect knowledge of God, he could not be kept from within the veil; therefore he saw Jesus; and he did minister unto him.” (Either 3:19)

After you know the true nature of God you cannot be kept from within the veil.

There is a path to perfection that will lead the humble follower of Christ into the arms of His Redeemer:

Hope is believing

Faith is asking

Knowledge is receiving

Priesthood is becoming

As we learn to follow this pattern, we too can approach God as the Brother of Jared and have faith no longer, for we will know.

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