Jaredite Era

The Last Battle

Ether 15:15

The two colossal armies march towards each other, initiate a battle, and fight all day long.

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.

Ether 15:16

At night, the fighters return to their camps and hear the sorrowed cries of their people mourning their dead.

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.

Ether 15:17

The following day proceeds similarly, with fighting all day and mourning all night.

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.

Ether 15:18–19

Coriantumr tries to negotiate with Shiz, but Satan has such a strong grasp on the people that it is useless.

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. And 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.

Ether 15:20–21

The people again fight all day, and sleep with their swords by their sides at night.

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

Ether 15:22–23

After several days of furious and continual battle, only 52 of Coriantumr’s men are still alive, and only 69 of Shiz’s men.

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. 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.

Ether 15:24–25

After the next days battle, Coriantumr has 27 survivors, and Shiz has 32.

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

Ether 15:26

The soldiers eat and sleep, and prepare for their deaths the next day.

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.

Ether 15:27

After three hours of fighting, they faint due to blood loss.

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

Ether 15:28

Coriantumr’s men wake up and begin to leave, but Shiz’s men also wake up and swear that they will kill them.

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.

Ether 15:29

Shiz’s men catch up to the Coriantumr, and they fight, but they soon all faint again, except for Coriantumr.

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.

Ether 15:30

Coriantumr, leaning on his sword, comes up to Shiz, and chops off his head.

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.

Ether 15:31

The decapitated Shiz convulses violently, struggling for breath, and dies.

And it came to pass that after he had smitten off the head of Shiz, that Shiz raised upon his hands and fell; and after that he had struggled for breath, he died.

Ether 15:32

Coriantumr, exhausted, falls down.

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

Ether 15:33

The Lord tells Ether to go forth; Ether sees that all the prophesies about the Jaredites were true.

And the Lord spake unto Ether, and said unto him:

“Go forth.”

Ether 15:33

Ether finishes writing the record of his fallen people, and then hides it.

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 15:34

Ether’s last recorded words express his desire to be saved in God’s kingdom, regardless of how he dies.

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.”