“Did Not Confound the Language of Jared”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

Looking to the brother of Jared as their spiritual leader and spokesman, Jared and his family encouraged him to petition the Lord to secure the promise that their language would not be confounded. Because of the faith of the brother of Jared, the Lord honored his request. The scriptures do not fully explain what is meant when Moroni records that the Lord “did not confound the language of Jared.” We are left to speculate whether that meant they retained their previous language (presumably the Adamic language) or whether their and their friends’ language was changed but that they then all spoke the same language and were therefore not “confounded.” (See also Joseph Fielding Smith, The Way to Perfection, p. 69.)

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4