Pride begets secret combinations

In the record of Ether is the account of the daughter of Jared, who was called "exceedingly fair" and "exceedingly expert." (Ether 8:8-9.) This Jared was a later Jared than the one spoken of in the first six chapters of Ether. This Jared had lost the Jaredite kingdom in battle with his brothers and was sorrowful. His daughter "thought to devise a plan" to help her father regain the kingdom. She said to him: "Behold, is there not an account concerning them of old, that they by their secret plans did obtain kingdoms and great glory?" Through her, Jared began "to search up these things of old." (Ether 8:17.)

President Ezra Taft Benson spoke of secret combinations in his April 1989 conference address: "Pride results in secret combinations which are built up to get power, gain and glory of the world. (See Helaman 7:5; Ether 8:9, 16, 22-23; Moses 5:31.)

"This fruit of the sin of pride, namely secret combinations, brought down both the Jaredite and the Nephite civilizations and has been and will yet be the cause of the fall of many nations." (See Ether 8:18-25.)

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