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CHAPTER 6

God's magic stones are put into the barges--The stones provide light on the journey--The trip lasts 344 days--About 22 Jaredites arrive in the New World--They began to be many--The brother of Jared has 22 sons and daughters--Orihah becomes king--The people become exceedingly rich. (2200 - ? BCE)

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The Jaredites discover America
Absurdity 6:1-30

1 And now I, Moroni, proceed to give the record of Jared and his brother.

Now I, Moroni, will tell you about Jared and his brother. [1]

2 For it came to pass after the Lord had prepared the stones which the brother of Jared had carried up into the mount, the brother of Jared came down out of the mount, and he did put forth the stones into the vessels which were prepared, one in each end thereof; behold, they did give light unto the vessels.

3 And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness.

God made two stones that shine in the darkness.

These stones were put into the barges, "and behold, they did give light unto the vessels."

4 And it came to pass that when they had prepared all manner of food, that thereby they might subsist upon the water, and also food for their flocks and herds, and whatsoever beast or animal or fowl that they should carry with them -- and it came to pass that when they had done all these things they got aboard of their vessels or barges, and set forth into the sea, commending themselves unto the Lord their God.

5 And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind.

6 And it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves which broke upon them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind.

The eight barges set forth upon the sea.

7 And it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them, their vessels being tight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the ark of Noah; therefore when they were encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did bring them forth again upon the top of the waters.

8 And it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon the waters; and thus they were driven forth before the wind.

9 And they did sing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord.

10 And thus they were driven forth; and no monster of the sea could break them, neither whale that could mar them; and they did have light continually, whether it was above the water or under the water.

There were some storms, but the barges didn't sink becase they were "tight like unto a dish."

11 And thus they were driven forth, three hundred and forty and four days upon the water.

12 And they did land upon the shore of the promised land. And when they had set their feet upon the shores of the promised land they bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, and did humble themselves before the Lord, and did shed tears of joy before the Lord, because of the multitude of his tender mercies over them.

13 And it came to pass that they went forth upon the face of the land, and began to till the earth.

After 344 days, the arrived in the promised land.

14 And Jared had four sons; and they were called Jacom, and Gilgah, and Mahah, and Orihah.

Jared had four sons: Jacom, Gilgah, Mahah, and Orihah.

15 And the brother of Jared also begat sons and daughters.

Jared's brother also had sons and daughters. [2]

16 And the friends of Jared and his brother were in number about twenty and two souls; and they also begat sons and daughters before they came to the promised land; and therefore they began to be many.

17 And they were taught to walk humbly before the Lord; and they were also taught from on high.

18 And it came to pass that they began to spread upon the face of the land, and to multiply and to till the earth; and they did wax strong in the land.

There were about 22 people on board the eight barges when they landed in the New World. [3]

But there began to be many.

19 And the brother of Jared began to be old, and saw that he must soon go down to the grave; wherefore he said unto Jared: Let us gather together our people that we may number them, that we may know of them what they will desire of us before we go down to our graves.

After a while, Jared's brother began to be old, and he decided to count the people.

20 And accordingly the people were gathered together. Now the number of the sons and the daughters of the brother of Jared were twenty and two souls; and the number of sons and daughters of Jared were twelve, he having four sons.

When he counted up his own kids, he came up with 22. [4]

Jared only managed to have twelve, four sons and eight daughters.

21 And it came to pass that they did number their people; and after that they had numbered them, they did desire of them the things which they would that they should do before they went down to their graves.

The rest of Jared's family and friends counted their kids, too, but Moroni doesn't provide any numbers.

22 And it came to pass that the people desired of them that they should anoint one of their sons to be a king over them.

23 And now behold, this was grievous unto them. And the brother of Jared said unto them: Surely this thing leadeth into captivity.

The people asked for a king, but Jared's brother said that was a bad idea.

24 But Jared said unto his brother: Suffer them that they may have a king. And therefore he said unto them: Choose ye out from among our sons a king, even whom ye will.

Jared overruled him, saying, "Oh heck, let them have a king."

25 And it came to pass that they chose even the firstborn of the brother of Jared; and his name was Pagag. And it came to pass that he refused and would not be their king. And the people would that his father should constrain him, but his father would not; and he commanded them that they should constrain no man to be their king.

So the people selected Pagag, the oldest son of Jared's brother.

But Pagag refused to be king.

26 And it came to pass that they chose all the brothers of Pagag, and they would not.

27 And it came to pass that neither would the sons of Jared, even all save it were one; and Orihah was anointed to be king over the people.

So the people chose Pagag's brothers, but they refused, too.

So they tried the sons of Jared [5], but they all refused, except for Orihah, who was made king.

28 And he began to reign, and the people began to prosper; and they became exceedingly rich.

29 And it came to pass that Jared died, and his brother also.

30 And it came to pass that Orihah did walk humbly before the Lord, and did remember how great things the Lord had done for his father, and also taught his people how great things the Lord had done for their fathers.

After Jared and his brother died, the people became exceedingly rich, while their new king, Orihah, walked humbly before the Lord.