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Jaredites. A group of people who supposedly came to the Americas around 2247 B.C. The Book of Mormon details their exploits in the book of Ether. Apostle Robert D. Hales told a General Conference audience, “The book of Ether gives a history of a civilization, the Jaredites, who left the Old World at the time of the Tower of Babel, approximately 2200 B.C. The Lord directed them to journey across the sea to the promised land in divinely designed barges. When the Jaredites were righteous, they were blessed; and when they rejected the word of the Lord and refused to repent, the Spirit of the Lord ceased striving with them. Eventually they departed from the Lord’s ways and destroyed one another in about 600 B.C., thus ending approximately 1,600 years of Jaredite civilization” (“Holy Scriptures: The Power of God unto Our Salvation,” Ensign (Conference Edition), November 2006, 26).

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