After the Tower of Babel – Ether 1:1-43

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.

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19 Responses to After the Tower of Babel – Ether 1:1-43

  1. S Silver says:

    “The Jaredites were the remnant of those who had not been taken to heaven in the City of Salem.”

    Did they feel as if they had been left behind? [Yes, but their predecessors had purposefully separated themselves. PR]

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  2. S Silver says:

    Why did the races of the earth believe building this pyramid structure with the obelisk on top would accomplish the same thing as Salem being taken up?

    Was this a technology they were trying to copy?

    What was it they were trying to mimic or copy? [Yes. The Temple of Enoch was pyramidical in structure. It created both a physical and spiritual effect upon the land. This is why there are so many ancient pyramids in the world, all trying to mimic the true temples of God. The only visible authentic pyramid today is in Giza. It was created before the flood and never reached its full purpose. In the many planets throughout the cosmos this is the most common of sacred structures. The People of Babel, led by Sons of Perdition, mocked God and attempted to create what they decided was the greatest of pyramid temples. PR]

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  3. Myrsmakeup says:

    WOWZERS!! Is there a pattern the Lord reveals with certain names? I see things like Mountains, Nations, Valleys, Lands with a repetitive names like Moriah, Moriamcumr, Moroni, Mormon…I know relates to “More Good” however I feel there’s a deeper meaning……I truly love and appreciate your time spent sharing with us your personal revelation. I feel that I need to hear your wife in her wisdom soon!

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  4. S Silver says:

    What is the physical effect the Temple of Enoch created on the land? [It prepares it to be lifted up. When the City of Enoch was lifted it was enormous, like the size of Texas. From a distance it looked like a large tooth coming up. The interesting things is that there was little falling off, and the land fell in around the hole. PR]

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  5. Chelsea Stoten says:

    When you say he had ‘simple faith’ would the description of that be very believing, no doubts but without knowledge or experience? I have been wondering about this as I see it in many people and used to think this myself. ‘I have a simple strong faith and that’s that’ – if you are ignorant or without experience with little to no desire to increase your relationship with the Lord but you have a simple believing faith all your life is that enough for some people? Was it enough for Jarod? Or will we be held accountable for not becoming more, why was Jarod prompted to ask his brother to pray, just because he had no desire to form his own relationship with God? Are the consequences just that he didn’t desire it and therefore missed out on a personal relationship?

    I probably haven’t been very clear sorry lol I am wondering what will become of all my loved ones who have simple faith and no desire for relationship. I know lack of desire is a fruit of a hard heart but if simple faith is enough then …. [The Brother of Jared followed a similar pattern to many of us. He learned to pray and receive revelation, step by step, until he could have a literal conversation with the Lord. But, because he lacked knowledge he didn’t know where to go. The Lord helped him to exercise faith until he was able to part the veil. Many good people believe in Christ and repent, but are subject to false traditions that limit the degree of light they can receive in this world. The Book of Mormon does more than any other book to address this. If someone is repenting in this life they will not be denied the salvation of the Lord. Many of those who are weak in faith yet repenting receive Him upon their death. PR]

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  6. S Silver says:

    Vs 43: “And thus I will do unto thee because this long time ye have cried unto me.”

    How long did Jared have to pray to receive this answer?

    What does the Lord consider a long time? [I don’t know for how long the Brother of Jared prayed for his people before the promise was given. It was long enough that the Lord responded to his faith by granting the blessing. I know that for most of my life I searched to know the Lord, and it wasn’t until I began to cry in behalf of my Brothers that I saw the heavens begin to open in excess, and shortly thereafter everything I was searching for came to pass. I don’t know the length of the BofJ praying, but it seams to a lengthy process of perseverance. PR]

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  7. S Silver says:

    “From a distance it looked like a large tooth coming up.“

    Did the city of Enoch raise like this gradually or fairly rapidly all in one day? [I do not know. I saw it suspended in the air from a distance and was filled with wonder. PR]

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  8. Sandy Skinner says:

    Will the temple to be built in the last days also be pyramidal? [Yes. It will have a pyramidical shape. PR]

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  9. Nate says:

    Were there any races of men/different races, on the American continent at this time? You have said in previous chapters that the Nephites mixed with a race of men that were already present. [No, not at that time. PR]

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  10. “Great and mighty man, ”
    “and a man highly favored of the Lord,”
    What can be the meaning of these words ? Thank [The Brother of Jared was highly revered amongst his people for his humility, skills as an artist, and strength of character. He was greatly blessed both temporally and spiritually. But, his spiritual blessings were his greatest. PR]

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  11. This must have been several generations after the flood. Were the Jaredites from the line of Shem? Also with the groups of people, did these come from Noah’s line or were there other groups that survived the flood outside of Noah? How did they know about the city of Enoch if its been several generations later? [Yes, the Jaredites came though the line of Shem. These people had pure Adamic blood, but other races did not. I wrote about how this came to be in the book A Witness of the Temporal Dispensations. PR]

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  12. Star Scream says:

    “I know that for most of my life I searched to know the Lord, and it wasn’t until I began to cry in behalf of my Brothers that I saw the heavens begin to open in excess, and shortly thereafter everything I was searching for came to pass”.

    I wasn’t aware of this with regards to your personal story. When you say “Brothers” do you mean your close friends? And why do you that it is in your view? That the Heavens began to open in excess when you began praying for other people? Is that one of the keys to having more access to the gifts of the Spirit? [It was a part of my experience. Each person is different, but I would say that there is something in approaching God for the purpose of being a servant to others that shakes the heavens. My brothers (friends) were all seeking the Lord equally together. PR]

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  13. S Silver says:

    “My brothers (friends) were all seeking the Lord equally together.”

    Are these brothers/friends the same “Brothers up North” mentioned on page 14 of Witness of the End Times? [Not specifically. PR]

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  14. TSJ says:

    [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.]

    I had always presumed that the Brother of Jared was the eldest. But just yesterday I have read something that makes me want to ask if you have been made aware how the role of Priest and King are most often assigned respectively where a younger son is chosen the spiritual leader (priest) and older son is destined to be the leader (king) of the family?
    – Cain & Able
    – Esau & Jacob
    – Judah & Joseph
    – Manasseh & Ephriam
    – Laman & Nephi then Nephi as King & Jacob as the their Priest
    – Hyram & Joseph (Patriarch and Prophet)

    Christ embodied both roles as Priest and King. And some others like Adam, Noah, Melchizedek, Abraham, & Issac. So my question is do you know any of the story about the Brother of Jared being chosen as the spiritual leader by his mother as the Matriarch? There seems to be a hint for this when Rebekah helped Jacob receive the blessing from Issac, and I wondered if you may be able to flesh this out more? [There is a pattern to that as you have written above. The King and priest are related by blood and either die or are translated. The witness is often overlooked. I don’t know anything about the Brother of Jared’s parents. PR]

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  15. tekoraa says:

    “Were there any races of men/different races, on the American continent at this time? You have said in previous chapters that the Nephites mixed with a race of men that were already present. [No, not at that time. PR]”

    The nephites mixed with another race of men? [There were some Nephites in the Pacific Northwest that mixed with another race of men later in the BofM history. This was something that Alma discovered when he went to preach to them after leaving the Nephites in his later years. PR]

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  16. tekoraa says:

    [There were some Nephites in the Pacific Northwest that mixed with another race of men later in the BofM history. This was something that Alma discovered when he went to preach to them after leaving the Nephites in his later years. PR]
    Was this group of people different from the mulekites? [Yes. PR]

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  17. Chaser says:

    In what way are the Kings, Kings or kingly? What makes the King a King. Is it assigned? And if so, by whom? The Father, or the Son, or by the people. There’s got to be more mystery in this than what common understanding of earthly kings gives us. Probably a pale comparison from earthly king to a God given King. And we’re just talking king. What about the prophet, priest, and witness of each dispensation? The witness goes unnoticed, but do they live the entirety of a dispensation? Are they translated beings to be abled to do all the witnessing? There is so much mystery in all of this. It’s exciting to think about, but frustrating to try to figure out. And I’ve asked! [The word “King” in its spiritual sense has profound meaning. It is to overcome all things like the Savior did. You might say the 4th estate are the little kings or the princes and princesses, or the priests and priestesses. Once a person reaches a fullness of exaltation they are a King or Queen, a Father and Mother in Eternity. But, it doesn’t end there. PR]

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  18. Anonyous says:

    From Myrsmakeup: “WOWZERS!! Is there a pattern the Lord reveals with certain names? I see things like Mountains, Nations, Valleys, Lands with a repetitive names like Moriah, Moriamcumr, Moroni, Mormon…I know relates to “More Good” however I feel there’s a deeper meaning”

    In Hebrew Moriah is a compound word ‘Mo-re-yah’ meaning: shown of the Lord; who is chosen of Yehovah; who is seen of Yah. Yah is the shortened or first part of the sacred name of God, Yehovah, or Jehovah in the KJV. It would be interesting to know the meanings of some of our Book of Mormon names. In the Old and New Testaments, names are very important and each one relates in some way to the particular mission and calling of the individual. To give another example, the name Michael means ‘who is like God’. Mi- means who; kaw- means like;El of course means God. In Hebrew Michael is pronounced with three syllables just like Moriah, which only appears twice in scripture.
    Gen 22:2  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
    2Ch 3:1  Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the LORD appeared unto David his father.

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  19. Dane Allred says:

    Do you know the approx location of the tower of Babel by today’s geography? [It was north of Babylon, but I cannot say exactly. The land looks much different now than it did then. PR]

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