Destruction of the Jaredites – Ether 15:1-34

1 And it came to pass when Coriantumr had recovered of his wounds, he began to remember the words which Ether had spoken unto him.

2 He saw that there had been slain by the sword already nearly two millions of his people, and he began to sorrow in his heart; yea, there had been slain two millions of mighty men, and also their wives and their children. [The Jaredite population was the equivalent of the United States at the late eighteenth century. Not more than 4 million. These numbers would have been exponentially higher had it not been for the wars than plagued these people. It took only about 200 years for the United States population to reach about 300 million.]

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. [But, his mourning was not unto repentance.]

4 And it came to pass that he wrote an epistle unto Shiz, desiring him that he would spare the people, and he would give up the kingdom for the sake of the lives of the people.

5 And it came to pass that when Shiz had received his epistle he wrote an epistle unto Coriantumr, that if he would give himself up, that he might slay him with his own sword, that he would spare the lives of the people. [No response given.]

6 And it came to pass that the people repented not of their iniquity; and the people of Coriantumr were stirred up to anger against the people of Shiz; and the people of Shiz were stirred up to anger against the people of Coriantumr; wherefore, the people of Shiz did give battle unto the people of Coriantumr.

7 And when Coriantumr saw that he was about to fall he fled again before the people of Shiz.

8 And it came to pass that he came to the waters of Ripliancum [A Great Lake], which, by interpretation, is large, or to exceed all; wherefore, when they came to these waters they pitched their tents; and Shiz also pitched his tents near unto them; and therefore on the morrow they did come to battle.

9 And it came to pass that they fought an exceedingly sore battle, in which Coriantumr was wounded again, and he fainted with the loss of blood.

10 And it came to pass that the armies of Coriantumr did press upon the armies of Shiz that they beat them, that they caused them to flee before them; and they did flee southward, and did pitch their tents in a place which was called Ogath.

11 And it came to pass that the army of Coriantumr did pitch their tents by the hill Ramah; and it was that same hill [Shim] where my father Mormon did hide up the records unto the Lord, which were sacred.

12 And it came to pass that they did gather together all the people upon all the face of the land [to the best of their ability], who had not been slain, save it was Ether.

13 And it came to pass that Ether did behold all the doings of the people; and he beheld that the people who were for Coriantumr were gathered together to the army of Coriantumr; and the people who were for Shiz were gathered together to the army of Shiz.

14 Wherefore, they were for the space of four years gathering together the people, that they might get all who were upon the face of the land, and that they might receive all the strength which it was possible that they could receive.

15 And it came to pass that when they were all gathered together, every one to the army which he would, with their wives and their children—both men, women and children being armed with weapons of war, having shields, and breastplates, and head-plates, and being clothed after the manner of war—they did march forth one against another to battle; and they fought all that day, and conquered not.

16 And it came to pass that when it was night they were weary, and retired to their camps; and after they had retired to their camps they took up a howling and a lamentation for the loss of the slain of their people; and so great were their cries, their howlings and lamentations, that they did rend the air exceedingly.

17 And it came to pass that on the morrow they did go again to battle, and great and terrible was that day; nevertheless, they conquered not, and when the night came again they did rend the air with their cries, and their howlings, and their mournings, for the loss of the slain of their people.

18 And it came to pass that Coriantumr wrote again an epistle unto Shiz, desiring that he would not come again to battle, but that he would take the kingdom, and spare the lives of the people.

19 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; wherefore they went again to battle. [They were possessed by spirits of hate and cruelty. There was no light in them by this time.]

20 And it came to pass that they fought all that day, and when the night came they slept upon their swords.

21 And on the morrow they fought even until the night came.

22 And when the night came they were drunken with anger, even as a man who is drunken with wine; and they slept again upon their swords.

23 And on the morrow they fought again; and when the night came they had all fallen by the sword save it were fifty and two of the people of Coriantumr, and sixty and nine of the people of Shiz. [This is an incredible battle if you consider the loss of life. Millions were killed by the sword. Has there been such a battle in recorded history?]

24 And it came to pass that they slept upon their swords that night, and on the morrow they fought again, and they contended in their might with their swords and with their shields, all that day.

25 And when the night came there were thirty and two of the people of Shiz, and twenty and seven of the people of Coriantumr.

26 And it came to pass that they ate and slept, and prepared for death on the morrow. And they were large and mighty men as to the strength of men. [Most all the women and children had been slain.]

27 And it came to pass that they fought for the space of three hours, and they fainted with the loss of blood.

28 And it came to pass that when the men of Coriantumr had received sufficient strength that they could walk, they were about to flee for their lives; but behold, Shiz arose, and also his men, and he swore in his wrath that he would slay Coriantumr or he would perish by the sword.

29 Wherefore, he did pursue them, and on the morrow he did overtake them; and they fought again with the sword. And it came to pass that when they had all fallen by the sword, save it were Coriantumr and Shiz, behold Shiz had fainted with the loss of blood.

30 And it came to pass that when Coriantumr had leaned upon his sword, that he rested a little, he smote off the head of Shiz.

31 And it came to pass that after he had smitten off the head of Shiz, that Shiz raised up on his hands and fell; and after that he had struggled for breath, he died. [An interesting note to include in the story. When the desire of the heart is to such a degree, the body will respond even without the head. In essence, Shiz was still alive until he finally fell.]

32 And it came to pass that Coriantumr fell to the earth, and became as if he had no life.

33 And the Lord spake unto Ether, and said unto him: Go forth. And he went forth, and beheld that the words of the Lord had all been fulfilled; and he finished his record; (and the hundredth part I have not written) and he hid them in a manner that the people of Limhi did find them. [Ether traveled east and wrote as a witness to the destruction of what he saw, entire cities left desolate. He abridged much of the record to be found by the new people according to the commandant of the Lord.]

I asked the Lord regarding the prophet Ether. What became of Him? I saw an older man, wandering eastward. He brought his records and means to travel. He came out to the area where Limhi’s people would eventually find the 24 gold plates written. It was north and west of Tennessee. There was a small hill with a stone structure resembling an igloo. In it was a large rock with a stone box placed upon it. The box contained the plates and on it’s top cover was Jaredite writing, which was an Egyptian ankh, and above it a symbol of an eye (not Egyptian). I didn’t ask what it meant, but I know that the Jaredite symbol of ankh means the knowledge of God. This was once shown to me when I found some ancient Jaredite writings on a rock wall a fair distance away from the Hill Shim. The Lord said that Ether later died of natural causes.  (personal journal)

34 Now the last words which are written by Ether are these: 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.

I am not aware of Ether ever being translated in the flesh. An interesting side note: there were Jaredites that survived and went south from the great battle. Their numbers were few and they were a loathsome and small remnant of these people who lived even after the fall of the Nephites. Today, they are no more.

I asked the Lord, “Did the Jaredite people survive, other than Conriantumr and Ether? I saw that there were some left behind for dead that went south. I very small number who hid themselves in the desert southwest. They became a dark and loathsome people, living like savages and even eating human flesh. They survived almost concealed from the world until long after the Nephites were destroyed. Later, after some fighting with Lamanites in the area they were finally destroyed many years before the Americas were settled. (personal journal)

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9 Responses to Destruction of the Jaredites – Ether 15:1-34

  1. S Silver says:

    “Ripliancum [A Great Lake], which, by interpretation, is large, or to exceed all”

    Is this the one we, too, call Superior? (To Exceed All) [No, but I feel constrained from naming it. PR]

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  2. S Silver says:

    “there were Jaredites that survived and went south from the great battle. Their numbers were few and they were a loathsome and small remnant of these people who lived even after the fall of the Nephites. Today, they are no more.”

    There are old Native American legends of “giants” that lived in southern regions, such as New Mexico, but which have long since died out. Were these the descendants of the Jaredites? [I can’t speak to those legends specifically, but these few remaining Jaredites did inhabit a small portion of the southwest. PR]

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  3. S Silver says:

    Did the Nephites encounter these Jaredites remnant peoples? [Yes, but it was a rare occasion and no person lived to tell about it. PR]

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  4. S Silver says:

    How long did Ether travel for? [Ether wandered for over 20 years. He was not translated, but was able to abridge the record and carefully prepare a place for the people of Limhi to find it. There was a small hill where a stone structure, like an igloo was made. In it was a pedestal with a stone box on it containing the record. On the box was two symbols: what looked like an eye placed upon the ankh symbol. PR]

    Did you see what ended up happening to him? [He died of something related to old age. PR]

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  5. Star Scream says:

    This is truly a tragic story. I cannot imagine how the Lord must’ve felt to witness His children willfully withdraw themselves from the light and plunge into total destruction; after all that He has done for them.

    How did the surviving Jaredites become extinct? If they lived even after the fall of the Nephites then how did they become extinct? Did they have some sort of correspondence with the children of Lehi while they were living? Or were they just isolated and remained separate for hundreds of years? Did they also undergo a change in appearance overtime like the Lamanites? [They became very dark and primitive, seeking to kill Lamanites for the purpose of eating them. Eventually, they were hunted down and killed by the Lamanite remnant. PR]

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  6. Nate says:

    When the flood cleansed this land, did the Lord also remove all of the spiritual pollution brought upon it in the spirit realm? (Devices, portals, wicked spirits that become bound to the earth, ect)…. and what about that from the Jaredites?…. and Nephites? [Wicked spirits always have the freedom to roam the earth unless confined to the Eternal Prison (which is less common). Any dark devices would be useless after the land is cleansed. PR]

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  7. Nate says:

    The Paiutes have legends about giant man eaters who lived in Nevada. The Pauites are said to have suffocated them in a cave with smoke.

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  8. Sandy Skinner says:

    The Paiutes called them Si-Te-Cah, a race of red-haired giants, ten feet tall, who terrorized their neighbors with cannibalism. The Paiutes eventually trapped them in Lovelock cave and smoked them to death. Some of the skeletons were recovered some years later. True story.

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  9. jcodyhale says:

    Also check out the Kincaid caverns in the Grand Canyon. Egyptian artifacts. 9 ft tall mummies. Government cover-up. All very interesting. [I don’t know whether that is true, but often truth is stranger than fiction. PR]

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