This Great Deep

The title of the blog This Great Deep comes from the story of the Jaredites in the Book of Mormon. I am fascinated by the epic tragedy of their civilization. One of the most unique aspects of their journey were their boats, lidded and “tight like unto a dish.” For about a year they were blown and driven over the ocean in these ark-like boats in the company of provisions, animals, seeds, and bees (yes, bees).

For behold, ye shall be as a whale in the midst of the sea; for the mountain waves shall dash upon you. Nevertheless, I will bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth, and also the rains and the floods have I sent forth.

And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come. —Ether 2:24-25

I like to think that our human journey is much like this, that we are submerged in “this great deep” being tossed to and fro, being prepared and fortified by some great being who will bring us home.

Read the original account here, and a summary of their story here.


And No Monster of the Sea Could Break Them, Gary E. Smith

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