Ether 6 to 11 – “That Evil May Be Done Away”

These chapters in Ether cover a long history. The voice of the prophets that created this record is unanimous in teaching that we need to look to God, obey his command, and have charity to each other.

Chart 31: “Jaredite Kings,” Charting the Book of Mormon
This chart shows the chronology of Jaredite kings referred to in the book of Ether, their familial ties to each other, and whether they were righteous, unrighteous, or in captivity all of their days.

Chart 138: “The Two Final Battles,” Charting the Book of Mormon
This chart compares the final battles of both the Jaredite and Nephite civilizations, which took place near the same hill (see Ether 15:11).

See extensive resources at “Come Follow Me 2020: Ether 6-11” at BookofMormonCentral.org.

The Book of Mormon: Fourth Nephi Through Moroni, From Zion to Destruction, ed. Charles D. Tate Jr. and Monte S. Nyman
This book contains several insightful chapters on Ether 6-11, including:
“The Plates of Ether and the Covenant of the Book of Mormon,” Lee L. Donaldson
“The Jaredites: A Case Study in Following the Brethren,” Douglas E. Brinley
“Ether and Mormon: Parallel Prophets of Warning and Witness,” E. Dale LeBaron
“Gathering in the Last Days: Saved in Sheaves, Burned in Bundles,” Michael W. Middleton
“Light in Our Vessels: Faith, Hope, and Charity,” H. Dean Garrett

“By Land or by Sea? Revisiting the Bering Straits,” Allen J. Christenson, Pressing Forward with the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates of the 1990s
Did the first Native Americans came to this continent via a land bridge? There is some evidence to suggest that the first inhabitants may have encountered the Americas by sea.

“Ether 6 and the Plan of Salvation,” Mikayla Woodward, Selections from the BYU Religious Education Student Symposium 2003
Ether 6 teaches faith, obedience, and how the journey to the promised land reflects our own experience in our journey in the plan of salvation.

“The Jaredite Ocean Voyage,” John A. Tvedtnes, The Most Correct Book: Insights from a Book of Mormon Scholar
Tvedtnes compares in detail the voyage of the Jaredites with the voyage of Noah during the flood.

“The Years of the Jaredites,” John L. Sorenson
An overview of the Jaredite timeline. It details the dynastic line of the Jaredite kings and their corresponding years, noting the different periods of dissension and destruction among the Jaredites.

“Some Test Cases from the Book of Ether,” Hugh Nibley, An Approach to the Book of Mormon
The reign and exploits of King Lib have parallels in the reigns of the first kings of Egypt. The story of Jared’s barges has resonance with the earliest Babylonian descriptions of the ark.

“Conjectural Emendation and the Text of the Book of Mormon,” Stan Larsen, BYU Studies, Vol. 18, no. 4
This article deals with various textual variants in the Book of Mormon. In Ether 11:4-9, the reader encounters the character “Shiblom,” which is spelled differently than the “Shiblon” found in Ether 1:11-12. Larsen argues that this is the same person, but simply exhibits a different spelling.