WHERE THE JAREDITES BLACK?


The Book of Mormon is about a small group of Jews who fled Jerusalem in 600 B.C. and sailed to America. However, there is an older book within The Book of Mormon called The Book of Ether. It tells about a group of people who fled the Tower of Babel at least 2300 years before Christ who were called the "Jaredites". A prophet led them. His name was Mahonri Moriancumr; otherwise known as "The Brother of Jared".

The Jaredites lived in the "Valley of Nimrod" at the time of the Tower of Babel. Because they were a righteous people the LORD did not confound their language as He did the other peopels.

There are a number of reasons to believe that the Jaredites were Hamites:

1. All of the Jaredite names are Hamitic, and the descendants of Ham were black. The Jaredite name "Aha" is Hamitic, and was the name of several Egyptian pharaohs. The Jaredite names Aaron and Levi are also Hamitic; these are Canaanite names. The Hamitic term for "prisoner" is "Ether"; which is the name of the man who wrote The Book of Ether; who was a prisoner.

2. Most Mormon scholars believe that the Jaredites were the ancient Olmecs; the first civilization on the American continent. The Olmecs lived in Southern Mexico and Central America long ago. Many scholars are convinced that the Olmecs (Jaredites?) were in fact "Negroes" because of the many giant Olmec heads which have been found over the last 50 years.

A Typical Olmec Head


(a) A Nubian warrior. (b) An Olmec head.

3. The Jaredites were from the Valley of Nimrod, who was a Hamite. The language of the Jaredites was not confounded; which strongly suggests they spoke the language of Nimrod.

4. Parley P. Pratt (an original Mormon apostle) wrote a letter to a John Van Cott that the Kinderhook Plates (a set of 6 copper plates allegedly found in a mound in Kinderhook, Illinois) "contain a genealogy of one of the Jaredites back to Ham the son of Noah." (Pratt to Van Cott, LDS Church Archives).

5. The Jaredites had oaths "handed down even from Cain." (Ether 8:16)

6. There is an ancient tradition, claimed by Carlos de Siguenza y Gongorra (1645-1700), that in some ancient Aztec records (later destroyed) there was a statement that the original settlers of Mexico were descended from Mizraim, the son of Ham, and came to Mexico shortly after the confusion of tongues (The Jaredites Were Black, by David Grant Stewart, 1978, p.22)

The Jaredites are considered the LORD's first "Chosen People"; long before Abraham lived or his descendants the Israelites existed. The Jaredites were His first righteous people. They may well have been black!

Black Mormons


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