“The Brother of Jared Did Molten Out of a Rock Sixteen Small Stones”

The brother of Jared presents his request with a rather typical Old Testament-style acknowledgement of the separation between God and man. The brother of Jared approaches God as a subject would a king—with great humility and deference.

Although the brother of Jared has created the stones, he has no name for them and refers to them as “these things which I have molten out of the rock.” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland suggests: “The brother of Jared hardly knew what to call them. Rocks undoubtedly did not sound very inspiring. Here, standing next to the Lord’s magnificent handiwork, the impeccably designed and marvelously unique seagoing barges, the brother of Jared offered for his contribution rocks. As he eyed the sleek ships the Lord had provided, it was a moment of genuine humility.”

Elder Holland’s description demonstrates the difference between the Lord’s handiwork and that of the brother of Jared. However, I suggest that the brother of Jared doesn’t know what to call them because they are not yet what they were created to be. The brother of Jared has created sixteen potential seer stones. He requests that Yahweh recognize and operationalize them.

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Brant Gardner

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 6