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Kings and Secret Combinations Among the Jaredites

One Week of Studies
  1. Recite 2 Nephi 2:25.
    Read Ether 6:13-30.
    • Verse 17: What does it mean to be "taught from on high"?
    • Verses 22 & 23: How does a king lead the people into captivity?
    • Verses 25-27: Why did these sons not want to be king?
    • Verse 29: Put Jared and his brother on the Heroes/Anti-Heroes chart.
    • Verse 30: This verse shows that Orihah was a good king. Were Jared and his brother wrong that a king would lead to captivity?

  2. Recite 2 Nephi 2:27.
    Read Ether 7.
    • Verse 6: Put Moron on the map.
    • Verse 9: Put the hill Ephraim and the city Nehor on the map. The use of these names is interesting. The names Nehor and Ephraim were known during early Israelite and Nephite times, but after the Jaredite times. Perhaps it was Moroni used the names that he was familiar with for these places.
    • Verses 27: Shule was a good king.

  3. Recite 2 Nephi 9:28-29.
    Read Ether 8.
    • Verse 2: Jared was very talented by the way he was able to persuade people to do what he wants them to do. He could have been a great leader for good, but instead, he used his abilities to persuade people to be evil.
    • Verses 13-26: Here Moroni gives us a great lesson on secret combinations. He says that every civilization has them. In these verses we learn how secret combinations work, how we can recognize them, how dangerous they are, and what we can do to frustrate them.

  4. Recite 2 Nephi 28:7-9.
    Read Ether 9:1-15.
    • Verse 3: Put Ablom on the map.
    • Verses 5-11: What desires did the people have that caused them to be evil?
    • Verse 12: what were the results of the evil desires and practices?
    • Verse 15: Put Omer on the Heroes/Anti-Heroes chart.

  5. Recite 2 Nephi 32:3.
    Read Ether 9:16-35.
    • [pride cycle]
    • Verses 16-25: What part of the pride cycle is described here? Put Emer, Coriantum, and Hem on the Heroes/Anti-Heroes chart.
    • Verses 26-29: What part of the pride cycle do these verses describe?
    • Verses 30-33: What part of the pride cycle is this?
    • Verse 34: Now what part of the pride cycle?
    • Verse 35: What part of the pride cycle is this?
    • What part of the pride cycle are you in personally?

  6. Recite 2 Nephi 32:8-9.
    Read Ether 10:1-16.
    • Verses 1 & 2: Was Shez a good king or a bad king?
    • Verse 4: Put Shez on the Heroes/Anti-Heroes chart.
    • Verses 5-7: Was Riplakish a good king or a bad king?
    • Verse 8: Put Riplakish on the Heroes/Anti-Heroes chart.
    • Verses 10 & 12: Here we see the relationship between righteousness and prosperity. Put Levi in the Heroes/Anti-Heroes chart.

  7. Recite Jacob 2:18-19.
    Read Ether 10:17-34.
    • Verse 18: Put Kish on the Heroes/Anti-Heroes chart.
    • Verse 29: Put Lib on the Heroes/Anti-Heroes chart.
    • Verse 31: Imagine being born, raised, and you live your entire life in prison.

  8. Recite Mosiah 2:17.
    Read Ether 11.
    • [pride cycle]
    • Verses 1-8: See how many parts of the pride cycle you can recognize in these verses.

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