After the Lord reveals himself unto the brother of Jared, having touched the stones in order to provide a source of light for those in the vessels, He explains that Jared’s brother’s faithfulness is what enabled him to see God. Indeed, his faith was so strong, that Christ proclaims, “never has man come before me with such exceeding faith as thou hast” (Ether 3:9). The veil was removed from the brother of Jared’s eyes, and eventually, the Lord fully revealed Himself unto Jared’s brother.
This chapter begins with the prayer that the brother of Jared recites when calling upon the Lord. Standing out most, to me, is the importance of faith if we want our prayers answered. Before revealing his full body, God asks the brother of Jared a series of questions regarding faith. It is because of his answers that the Lord shows Himself. It’s also mentioned that, after seeing the Lord’s hand, the brother of Jared falls down in fear, to which the Lord responds, “Arise, why hast thou fallen?” (Ether 3:7). In all that we do, the Lord is there to encourage us to “arise.” In some situations we must rely entirely on the Savior in order to do so; in others we can rely on ourselves. Regardless, He does not want us to be tossed about the depths of a sea of fear and despair, but prefers that we raise ourselves closer to His level.