Omer

Early Jaredite king

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Omer

Omer was the son of Shule, Shule being the great-grandson of Jared, founder of the Jaredite nation. Omer had a son by the name of Jared who, obsessed with power and greed, deposed his father, consigning him to captivity. Omer was restored to his throne by his younger sons, Esrom and Coriantumr. Jared then conspired with his daughter and a friend of Omer named Akish to establish a secret compact to depose Omer once again. Omer was warned in a dream to flee with his family to safety before the usurpers could take his life. Consequently, Jared assumed the throne, but not for long. Akish murdered him and took over the leadership himself. Subsequently, the sons of Akish rebelled against their father, resulting in a civil war that destroyed virtually the entire nation, “yea, even all, save it were thirty souls, and they who fled with the house of Omer”. Omer was again restored to power and reigned until his later years, when he bestowed the kingdom upon his son, Emer. Omer died two years after anointing Emer as king—“having seen exceedingly many days, which were full of sorrow”.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

Omer the king was deposed by his wicked son Jared. While in captivity, Omer had more sons and daughters, among whom were Esrom and Coriantumr. These two, angry over the treatment of their father, raised up an army and put a stop to their brother’s political intrigues, at least for a time. Soon thereafter, Jared, encouraged by his daughter, conspired with a friend of Omer named Akish to put in motion a secret compact that once again dethroned Omer. Omer escaped with his life and fled to a seashore sanctuary with “his sons and his daughters, and all his household, save it were Jared and his family”. Akish then murdered his partner Jared and became embroiled in a civil war with his own sons. Few in the nation survived this devastating war—only thirty individuals, plus “they who fled with the house of Omer”—presumably including Esrom and Coriantumr. Thereafter Omer recovered his throne.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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