After the brother of Jared built the closed boats that were "tight like unto a dish," as commanded by the Lord, he found that on his own, he could not solve the problem of lighting the interiors of the boats.
His search for a solution became a model of the proper way to seek answers through prayer, said Elder Harold B. Lee, then of the Council of the Twelve, in the June 1966 conference.Elder Lee further commented on the way the brother of Jared prayed. After his first prayer on the subject, the Lord instructed him to present a solution.
"The brother of Jared did some thinking. Then he gathered up 16 stones, molten out of rock, and carried them in his hands to the top ot the mount called Shelem."
There he began to pray. In his prayer, he acknowledged the fall of man and that "our natures have been evil continually."
"Now what is he doing?" asked Elder Lee. "He is confessing his sins before he asks again. He has come to the conclusion that before he is to seek a blessing he must keep the basic laws upon which the blessings he seeks are predicated. . . . Having done all that he knew how to do, he came again with a specific request. . . .
"This is the principle in action," continued Elder Lee. "If you want the blessings, don't just kneel down and pray about it. Prepare yourselves in every conceivable way you can in order to make yourselves worthy to receive the blessings you seek." ("How to Receive a Blessing from God," Improvement Era, October 1966, pp. 862-63, 896.)
In his "A Companion to Your Study of the Book of Mormon," Daniel Ludlow commented on the vision received by the brother of Jared: "The conversation of the Savior with the brother of Jared sheds tremendous light on the pre-earthly role of Jesus Christ.
"Another significant part of the Savior's statement is the reference to His pre-earthly spirit body. He says to the brother of Jared: `Seest thou that ye are created after mine own image? Yea, even all men are created in the beginning after mine own image.' (Ether 3:15.) This statement seems to indicate that in the scripture that says God created man in His own image (Gen. 1:27), the word God refers not to Elohim but to Jesus Christ. . . ."