The brother of Jared was a man of extraordinary faith. “And the Lord said unto him... never has man come before me with such exceeding faith as thou hast”. So strong was the faith of the brother of Jared that he beheld the finger of the Lord when it was extended to touch the stones that had been prepared to illuminate the vessels constructed for an ocean voyage.
And because of the knowledge of this man he could not be kept from beholding within the veil; and he saw the finger of Jesus, which, when he saw, he fell with fear; for he knew that it was the finger of the Lord; and he had faith no longer, for he knew, nothing doubting.
Wherefore, having this perfect knowledge of God, he could not be kept from within the veil; therefore he saw Jesus; and he did minister unto him.
By nature, the brother of Jared was “a large and mighty man, and a man highly favored of the Lord”. Thus, Jared asked him to petition the Lord for guidance and protection during the upheavals that occurred during the time of the Tower of Babel. The Lord led the brother of Jared and his family and friends away northward to a valley where they could prepare for their journey to a new land. There the Lord gave a promise to the brother of Jared: “And there will I bless thee and thy seed, and raise up unto me of thy seed, and of the seed of thy brother, and they who shall go with thee, a great nation. And there shall be none greater than the nation which I will raise up unto me of thy seed, upon all the face of the earth. And thus I will do unto thee because this long time ye have cried unto me”.
This small band of Jaredite families was guided by the Lord in the wilderness before they attained the Promised Land. They crossed many waters in barges and finally came to the seashore, where they resided in tents, awaiting further word. At the end of four years, the Lord spoke to the brother of Jared from a cloud, reminding him of the need for prayer. “And for the space of three hours did the Lord talk with the brother of Jared, and chastened him because he remembered not to call upon the name of the Lord”. Severely chastised, the brother of Jared then began to prepare the barges for their transoceanic journey.
It was at this time that the brother of Jared went to the Lord and sought help in providing light for the eight airtight ships. The Lord answered the query with a question of his own: “Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea?”. At that point the brother of Jared asked the Lord to touch the stones he had previously molten from a rock. The Lord extended His finger to impart radiance to the stones, and because of the brother of Jared’s faith, he witnessed the finger of God.
And never have I showed myself unto man whom I have created, for never has man believed in me as thou hast. Seest thou that ye are created after mine own image? Yea, even all men were created in the beginning after mine own image.
Behold, this body, which ye now behold, is the body of my spirit; and man have I created after the body of my spirit; and even as I appear unto thee to be in the spirit will I appear unto my people in the flesh.
The Lord then showed to the brother of Jared a vision of the divine plan for the immortality and eternal life of mankind, from beginning to end. The Lord commanded him to record the things he saw and seal them up, along with the two interpreting stones, to come forth at a later time.
The brother of Jared followed the guidance of the Lord in accompanying his family members on the 344-day voyage to the Promised Land. There they founded a new nation based on the Lord’s mandate, “Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ”. The brother of Jared had a large family of twenty-two sons and daughters. He completed his ministry with such faith that he was able to move a mountain from its place. The chronicle he left behind became part of the twenty-four plates later discovered around 121 BC by Limhi’s people and was included in the sacred records handed down to Mormon and Moroni.
History: The brother of Jared lived at the time of the Tower of Babel—approximately two thousand years before the birth of the Savior—and was likely a contemporary of Abraham and the very aged Noah, who died about this time. The brother of Jared was directed by the Lord. At the end of his days, the brother of Jared—Mahonri Moriancumer—was distressed when his people requested that one of his or Jared’s sons be anointed their king. He prophesied that “surely this thing leadeth into captivity”. Over succeeding generations the Jaredite nation, under the leadership of its predominantly wicked kings, eventually fell into extinction by forsaking the God of the land.