Ether 2:10 [BOM
“for behold, this is a land which is choice above all other lands; wherefore he that doth possess it shall serve God or shall be swept off; for it is an everlasting decree of God. And it is not until the fullness of iniquity among the children of the land that they are swept off. “
Ether, an aptly named book if you ask me, seems to have been written by one suffering from the vile effects of Ether, as Hunter S Thompson describes it in “Leaving Las Vegas.” In anycase, it purports to be a book given to Moroni who records it on plates. It is supposed to be the record of an even more ancient people who came to the “North” land. These are the Jaradites whom God promises a promised land After God decides not to confound their language at the Tower of Babel.
Of course this just feeds the popular notion among American Evangelicals that somehow America is their promised land, a notion that goes back to the days of the Puritans. And it provides a convenient excuse to wipe out the Indians and justify that black mark on our history. You see their iniquity had come to fullness, so it was God’s judgment. Yeah, because the white man behaves so much better and more piously….
Well that is how the story starts to recount the history of the Jaredites, fasten your seat belts…