1 And now I, Moroni, proceed to give an account of those ancient inhabitants who were destroyed by the hand of the Lord upon the face of this north country.
2 And I take mine account from the twenty and four plates which were found by the people of Limhi, which is called the Book of Ether. [These plates had already been in their possession for almost 550 years.]
3 And as I suppose that the first part of this record, which speaks concerning the creation of the world, and also of Adam, and an account from that time even to the great tower, and whatsoever things transpired among the children of men until that time, is had among the Jews— [Similar to the Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis, which today is called the Book of Moses. The Book of Moses only goes as far as Noah.]
4 Therefore I do not write those things which transpired from the days of Adam until that time; but they are had upon the plates; and whoso findeth them, the same will have power that he may get the full account. [These plates are also laying in the Hill Shim even today.]
5 But behold, I give not the full account, but a part of the account I give, from the tower down until they were destroyed.
6 And on this wise do I give the account. He that wrote this record was Ether, and he was a descendant of Coriantor. [Ether did an abridgment very similar to what Mormon did. The language was capable of containing far more content in the glyphs than the Nephite writings.]
7 Coriantor was the son of Moron.
8 And Moron was the son of Ethem.
9 And Ethem was the son of Ahah.
10 And Ahah was the son of Seth.
11 And Seth was the son of Shiblon.
12 And Shiblon was the son of Com.
13 And Com was the son of Coriantum.
14 And Coriantum was the son of Amnigaddah.
15 And Amnigaddah was the son of Aaron. [An ancient name that survived even until the time of Moses.]
16 And Aaron was a descendant of Heth, who was the son of Hearthom.
17 And Hearthom was the son of Lib.
18 And Lib was the son of Kish.
19 And Kish was the son of Corom.
20 And Corom was the son of Levi.
21 And Levi was the son of Kim.
22 And Kim was the son of Morianton.
23 And Morianton was a descendant of Riplakish.
24 And Riplakish was the son of Shez.
25 And Shez was the son of Heth.
26 And Heth was the son of Com.
27 And Com was the son of Coriantum.
28 And Coriantum was the son of Emer.
29 And Emer was the son of Omer.
30 And Omer was the son of Shule.
31 And Shule was the son of Kib.
32 And Kib was the son of Orihah, who was the son of Jared;
33 Which Jared came forth with his brother and their families, with some others and their families, from the great tower, at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people, and swore in his wrath that they should be scattered upon all the face of the earth; and according to the word of the Lord the people were scattered.
I saw a large pyramid structure, perhaps the same size as the Giza Pyramid, except it had a large obelisk on the top. It was huge and made of stone. The top had a circular, zig zag staircase around the obelisk that led to the top. I’m afraid of heights, so it made me uneasy just looking at it. I saw a few men making their way to the top. I saw men, great in size, giants by our standards, building this incredible structure. I was told that the city of Salem had already ascended to heaven. These men of all races had come together to build their own city and to reach heaven on their own. They believed that this structure would accomplish the same thing. I saw them using unknown technology to cut the stones and lay them. Huge stones, far too large to move with today’s technology.
I then saw fire from heaven come down and hit the upper part of the tower. There was a rumble and part of the foundation of the pyramid sank into the earth. The people stood back afar from the structure and watched as within a short time the building came down on itself. It reminded me of the collapse of the World Trade Center at 9/11. When the dust cleared, there was little more than a hill of earth left.
I asked about the confusion of the languages and was shown that this was not exactly as we understand it. The Tower of Babel was built by several races of men that came together to outdo God. Each had their own culture and language variations before this began, but had a common purpose and worked together to defeat God. After the tower fell, they gravitated back to their own groups. The people that would be called the Jaredites were anxious to keep themselves separate from these other cultures that did not know God. These were the remnant of the Seed of Adam. The few left after the ascension of the City of Salem. Their DNA was unpolluted. They were large people, in height ranging from 7-9 feet tall. They had predominantly reddish hair, (Edit) and looked different that we do today.
The Brother of Jared was willing to seek the Lord and like today most of the people preferred that others speak with God. Perhaps this is why they were not worthy to ascend with the City of Salem. (personal journal)
I asked why the brother of Jared did not use his name in the holy record and was told it was a similar reason as to why I didn’t sign my name with the book, “How to Have Your Second Comforter.” He didn’t want to focus upon himself. His brother’s name was Kio-hani-jarod. He was the leader of the people. Moriancamur was the Brother of Jared’s name, as Joseph has revealed. He looked like the above description, but had a soft face. He had a medium length beard and hair.
The Lord said Moriancamur was an artist and a sculptor. The Lord smiled as He said this as if He was pleased with those who create beautiful things. (He did detailed carvings, and tapestry art when he lived among the Jaredites.)
34 And the brother of Jared being a large and mighty man, and a man highly favored of the Lord, Jared, his brother, said unto him: Cry unto the Lord, that he will not confound us that we may not understand our words. [A prayer that their people would remain intact and not be confounded by intermingling.]
35 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did cry unto the Lord, and the Lord had compassion upon Jared; therefore he did not confound the language of Jared; and Jared and his brother were not confounded.
36 Then Jared said unto his brother: Cry again unto the Lord, and it may be that he will turn away his anger from them who are our friends, that he confound not their language.
37 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did cry unto the Lord, and the Lord had compassion upon their friends and their families also, that they were not confounded. [They were able to gather together those who would become the Jaredites.]
38 And it came to pass that Jared spake again unto his brother, saying: Go and inquire of the Lord whether he will drive us out of the land, and if he will drive us out of the land, cry unto him whither we shall go. And who knoweth but the Lord will carry us forth into a land which is choice above all the earth? And if it so be, let us be faithful unto the Lord, that we may receive it for our inheritance. [This was put into the Jared’s mind by the Spirit and he was impressed to have his younger brother take it to the Lord.]
39 And it came to pass that the brother of Jared did cry unto the Lord according to that which had been spoken by the mouth of Jared.
40 And it came to pass that the Lord did hear the brother of Jared, and had compassion upon him, and said unto him: [by revelation]
41 Go to and gather together thy flocks, both male and female, of every kind; and also of the seed of the earth of every kind; and thy families; and also Jared thy brother and his family; and also thy friends and their families, and the friends of Jared and their families.
42 And when thou hast done this thou shalt go at the head of them down into the valley which is northward. And there will I meet thee, and I will go before thee into a land which is choice above all the lands of the earth. [It was important that these people separate themselves from the other people or they would have eventually been assimilated or destroyed. Abraham was a descendent of the line of Adam, but his blood was not as pure as the Jaredites. This is why the sign of circumcision was required of the Lord to initiate the covenant to his posterity.]
43 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. [A great nation of pure Adamic blood.] And thus I will do unto thee because this long time ye have cried unto me.
The Jaredites were the remnant of those who had not been taken to heaven in the City of Salem. They had not had the kind of faith necessary and had long before separated themselves from those people. They had little knowledge of God other than He was powerful. The Brother of Jared had simple faith, enough to hear the voice of the Lord.