What Will Ye that I Should Do?

Ether 1-5 | November 9-15

The brother of Jared needed to cross the ocean to get to the promised land. Heavenly Father commanded him to build barges, but the brother of Jared didn’t know how they would have light inside them. He asked Heavenly Father for help. Heavenly Father asked him, “What will ye that I should do?” Heavenly Father was willing to help, but he wanted the brother of Jared to make his own decision.

There are many decisions in our lives, like lighting the barges, that we will need to make that are not between good and bad, but rather choosing the best thing to do at the time. These decisions should be made after carefully studying our options and then doing what we feel is best to do at the time. For many of the decisions we have to make, there is not just one right answer.

Heavenly Father gave us our agency to help us learn to make good decisions. We should learn to use our agency to make wise decisions. Heavenly Father will help us when we ask Him.


Read and Discuss


Esther 2:22–23 22

“And he cried again unto the Lord saying: O Lord, behold I have done even as thou hast commanded me; and I have prepared the vessels for my people, and behold there is no light in them. Behold, O Lord, wilt thou suffer that we shall cross this great water in darkness? And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels? For behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in pieces; neither shall ye take fire with you, for ye shall not go by the light of fire.”

  • Why didn’t the Lord tell the brother of Jared how to light the barges?
  • Was the brother of Jared’s solution to lighting the barges the only thing that would have worked?
  • What are some of the decisions you had to make today?
  • Pick a few of the decisions your family had to make and discuss:
    Why they made the decision?
    Who helped them make the decision?
    Did circumstances or opportunities affect the decision made?
    Was there another decision (good or bad) they could have made?
    Do you feel good about the decision you made? If not, what did you learn?
    Will this decision affect your future happiness?


“In the Book of Mormon, the brother of Jared sets a good example of how the Lord lets us solve our own problems with his guidance. … We are thinking, reasoning human beings. We have the ability to identify our needs, to plan, to set goals, and to solve our problems. … May each of us use our creative reasoning to do all in our power to solve our problems and then look to the Lord for the reassuring, peaceful confirmation that we have made the right decision.” Robert D. Hales

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What Should I Wear?

During this activity your children will not only have fun deciding what these cute paper dolls should wear, but they will find that learning to dress appropriately will help them to learn about using their agency and making good decisions throughout their lives.


Choose the Right Stuffed Crepes

Using this easy crepe recipe is a great way to help guide your children while allowing them to use their agency to make the right choices. As long as they “choose the right” stuff, they’ll love these sweet fruit filled and savory chicken stuffed crepes.


Choose the Right Hymn #239


Ether 1: Moroni abridges the writings of Ether—Ether’s genealogy is set forth—The language of the Jaredites is not confounded at the Tower of Babel—The Lord promises to lead them to a choice land and make them a great nation.

Ether 2: The Jaredites prepare for their journey to a promised land—It is a choice land whereon men must serve Christ or be swept off—The Lord talks to the brother of Jared for three hours—The Jaredites build barges—The Lord asks the brother of Jared to propose how the barges will be lighted.

Ether 3: The brother of Jared sees the finger of the Lord as He touches sixteen stones—Christ shows His spirit body to the brother of Jared—Those who have a perfect knowledge cannot be kept from within the veil—Interpreters are provided to bring the Jaredite record to light.

Ether 4: Moroni is commanded to seal up the writings of the brother of Jared—They will not be revealed until men have faith even as the brother of Jared—Christ commands men to believe His words and those of His disciples—Men are commanded to repent, believe the gospel, and be saved.

Ether 5: Three witnesses and the work itself will stand as a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.


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