Isachar the Comedian

Isachar was born in a time when there were many righteous Jaredites, but also many who were not following the ways of God. His parents did follow the teaching of the prophets and looked forward to the coming of Jesus Christ.

Isachar was born with a fun, mischievous smile on his face. When he first smiled, his parents immediately noticed how quirky it looked. Not in a bad or mean way–just quirky, a fun quirkiness. His quirky smile went along with his light-colored hair, fair skin and strong physique. As he learned to talk, he quickly learned that he enjoyed making others laugh. He would say hilarious things, especially for someone so young. He loved to mercilessly tease his siblings, so much so, that oftentimes he got into trouble. He didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings, he just loved to try to make others laugh and found humor in just about every imaginable situation. Thankfully for Isachar, his parents knew his ability to make people laugh was a gift from God so they did not want to discourage his gift; they instead taught him how to bridle his gift so he would not hurt others’ feelings and make others feel uncomfortable. Isachar’s mother, especially, would not allow him to find humor at others’ physical features without permission; since physical features are something out of people’s control.

Isachar’s family allowed him to give performances to his family and extended family. During these performances, he made everyone laugh. He found humor in their everyday lives and would find a way to include that in his routines. He still had his quirky smile, which endeared him to audiences. As he grew older, they invited other friends to his performances. Eventually, he was doing his comic routines at the settlement theater.

Government and other economic situations made it a difficult time for the Jaredite people and Isachar’s comic reliefs provided stress relief for all–young and old, rich and poor.

Isachar was also an outstanding athlete; both of his parents were well-known athletes. At a young age, Isachar showed great promise in the various games and athletic events that the Jaredites participated in. As he grew older, he excelled in all athletic events that he attempted. Since he brought humor into anything he did, he brought great comic relief to his teammates and would even have the competition laughing. His gift of humor helped to bring a strong sense of comradery to his team.

Because of Isachar’s athletic fame, many Jaredites attended his comedic performances. One of Isachar’s favorite topics in his comedic routines was to poke fun of athletics. Since he was an athlete, he figured that by finding humor in something that he was involved in, he would not offend anyone. He also found humor in parenting, the government (although he needed to be somewhat careful with what he said), economics, industry, other types of performers, plus whatever he could create to make his audience laugh.

Isachar’s performances usually sold out as he kept his prices low so families would be able to attend together. All of his performances were family friendly as he eventually married and had children of his own. However, at one point in his career, he was approached by some men who desired to make a profit from Isachar’s performances. They offered him a arrangement where he would make much more income from each performance and they, in return, would receive a portion of what he earned. They also wanted Isachar to put an edge to his comedy routine, adding more inappropriate content. They tried to convince Isachar that as he did that, he would attract an audience that could pay more for his performance and more people from other villages would attend his performances. Ultimately, he would be able to travel to many different villages and earn a fantastic wage.

Because Isachar loved his family and wanted to do more for them, he decided to accept the agreement. He figured that he did not need to add too much inappropriate content, just enough to make these men happy, even though deep down, it would not be pleasing to his wife. Most importantly, this type of humor would not be pleasing to Jesus Christ, whom he worshipped. He justified his plan believing that he would not present inappropriate entertainment for long, just long enough to give his family some of the things they desired. Isachar provided the basic necessities for his family; however there were times when they wished something more.

The first night that Isachar performed his new routine, he received mixed reviews. There were many who were invited by Isachar’s sponsors who loved the performance. The families were distraught and most vowed that they would not return to watch any more of Isachar’s performances.

Isachar loved his new found fame, fame and attention from a different group of people that normally would not watch him. His wife, Rosene, and her parents were quite upset with the direction that Isachar took his performance. Isachar promised them that it was temporary; he was excited to make more income and give Rosene and their children some of the things that they desired. She told him that she didn’t want the things, things didn’t matter to her; their eternal relationship, marriage, and family mattered. Isachar assured her that he would not do this routine for long, just long enough to provide for the family’s desires.

After more performances, with Isachar making more money than he ever had for previous performances, he brought home a beautiful hair piece for Rosene’s hair. She had beautiful long dark hair that contrasted with her bright blue eyes and fair skin. The hair piece was made of gold and silver, embedded with four blue sapphire crystals to match her striking blue eyes. She was awed and amazed at the beauty of the hair clip. Isachar lovingly clipped it in her hair, pulling her hair away from her face, then took her to a mirror and told her how beautiful she looked. Rosene loved the hair clip and especially how it looked in her hair and helped to bring out the color of her eyes. She knew it had to be expensive and knew the only way Isachar could purchase it was because of the increase of his income.

Isachar continued to perform his comedic acts with inappropriate materials. He became well-known for his ability and gift to make people laugh. He began traveling and performing at other settlements and cities. People came from all over to watch his performance.

At home, Isachar built a bigger house and furnished it with exquisite furnishings. Rosene actually began to enjoy the lifestyle from Isachar’s greater income. She justified Isachar’s performances thinking that they really were not too bad; they could be worse.

Isachar set a boundary with what type of comedic materials he used. However, his sponsors slowly pushed him to add lewder and cruder comedy to his routines and charged audiences more and more to attend his performances. Isachar was uncomfortable with this, but thought that he would only do this type of comedy for another year or so, then he and his family would have all their financial needs and wants taken care of, for now and for the future.

One day while Isachar was away from home on a performance road trip, his 3-year old daughter, Chloe, playing with her sister in the trees by their home, stumbled upon an unexpecting rattlesnake. She frightened the snake, so in self-protection, the snake bit her on the heel of her right foot. She screamed because of the pain and because she knew the dangers of rattlesnakes. Chloe’s older sister was right behind her, picked her up and carried her home. Her older brother, seeing the swelling in her foot ran to his grandparent’s home to beg his grandfather to come and give her a blessing.  The grandfather quickly ran to Chloe. Another sibling ran to the market to find their mother and to ask the local healer to help Chloe. The oldest son found a courier, wrote a quick message and sent him to the city where he knew his father was performing that day. The courier secured the note into his leather satchel and took off galloping on his brown and white colored horse.

Chloe was in an immense amount of pain, her leg swelled to three times its usual size. The blessing helped to ease the pain somewhat, but not enough to make the discomfort go away. The healer brought herbs and mixed several herbs together and put a poultice on the bite. She also made a tea and put a cloth in the tea, wrung out the tea, then wrapped the cloth around Chloe’s leg. After several hours, she continued to get worse. Thankfully, she lost consciousness so she did not feel the pain. Friends and family gathered outside the home and prayed for Chloe. The prophet, hearing about what happened to Chloe, came and gave her another blessing, this blessing promised healing.

Once Isachar received the message about Chloe, he told his sponsors that he had to cancel the rest of the shows and go home to his daughter. The sponsors were very upset as they would lose money. Isachar did not care; he left and travelled as fast as his horse was able to go. He prayed as he rode, actually, the first time that he prayed in several months. He loved his little Chloe and would do anything for her. As he rode and prayed, he recognized how far he strayed from the truth of the gospel. The changes he had made were slow and subtle so he couldn’t see how far he had strayed. He felt great sorrow, he cried, he pled with God to save his Chloe. He told Father that he would change, he would get back on the right path. His worldly possessions now meant nothing to him, not if he didn’t have Chloe.

When Isachar arrived home, he ran into the house and kissed his unresponsive daughter on the forehead and told her that Daddy was home. With his family surrounding them, he told Chloe that Daddy was going to stay home and repent of those things he had done wrong. He begged Chloe to stay with them. He told her that he wanted to watch her grow up to be a beautiful young woman, to get married and have her own family. He apologized for putting worldly possessions ahead of her and the family. He promised Chloe that he wanted to put Jesus Christ back into their lives and live how Jesus wanted them to live.

The healer remained with Chloe and use different herbs and tinctures on her, trying to heal the effects of the snake’s venom. Despite the blessing from the prophet that told her that she would be healed, she seemed to continued to worsen. Isachar and Rosene barely left her side. They prayed together, they prayed with their children. Extended family and friends continued to pray. Isachar’s heart was broken, Rosene’s heart was broken, yet they continued to watch over Chloe and continued to pray.

When Chloe’s situation seemed hopeless, Isachar walked out to the woods near their home. He again pled with God to save his sweet daughter. He promised Heavenly Father that he would use his gift of humor in a righteous way; he would no longer compromise what he knew to be right and true. Even if Heavenly Father needed to take Chloe home to Him, he would still change his life. He expressed to Father that he loved Chloe and wanted her to be his daughter forever and he would do whatever it took to make that happen. As Isachar pled with God, Rosene and two of their children ran out to him and told him to come to Chloe, that she was awake! They ran back to the house where Chloe was trying to sit up and drink water that the healer was giving to her. When she saw Isachar, she smiled, his same quirky smile, and stretched out her arms for a hug. Everyone laughed and cried. Chloe was fine, she was miraculously healed, and lived to fulfil Isachar’s desire for her to get married and have a family.

Isachar and Rosene decided they did not need all the nice furnishings they acquired so they chose to give them away to those who did not have much. However, Rosene kept and cherished the hair clip Isachar gave her. Isachar began again to do comedy routines; however, this time his routines were family-friendly. What surprised him is that, if he chose to travel, he could earn more income than when he worked with the sponsors. He chose to do some traveling, but nearly as much as before and he took his family with him whenever he could. Even though Isachar earned a good income, he, Rosene, and their children chose to keep their life simple and give to others when they could. Despite the challenging times they lived in, they stayed steadfast to the teachings of the prophets and to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Abigail and the Doll

Abigail was a young Jaredite girl, about 8 years old.  She lived during a time of great prosperity.  Most everyone did their best to keep the commandments of Heavenly Father and strove to be like Heavenly Father.

Abigail loved to play with some dolls.  She has several dolls made of various materials.  One was especially beautifully handcrafted wood.  Her father saw this doll in the market and purchased it for Abigail.  The wood was a medium brown, a type of hardwood.  The details in the face were very intricate. The eyes were painted blue and the lips a light shade of pinkish-red.  The hair on the doll was brown, made from furs and tails of animals.  The doll was clothed in a bright pink (pink was Abigail’s favorite color) linen dress and shoes to match.  The dress and shoes were removable.  The hands and feet on the doll were also intricately carved.  The detail was immaculate.  Abigail would play with this doll, along with her other dolls for hours at a time.

Because Abigail lived in a peaceful, prosperous time, she lived a happy and pretty much a carefree life.  This didn’t mean that she didn’t have tough times and that she never argued with her parents or siblings, or never did anything to get into trouble, because all of that happened.  She could play outside her home without fear of danger (except from some animals).  She and her family were free to worship Christ in the manner that they knew best.

Abigail had many friends and cousins her age that she loved to play with.  They would go to each other’s homes to play, eat, and have fun.  She also helped her parents and siblings take care of their home, garden, flocks, and other business pursuits.  Her family loved to travel and see different places not too far distant from there home.

From a very young age, Abigail knew Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ very well.  From the time she was an infant, she loved to hear the stories about Jesus and see the pictures of Him.  She learned to pray and loved to pray to Heavenly Fathers.  In fact, she would often talk to Him while playing with her dolls.  She would line up her dolls and teach them about Jesus.  She would teach them about the Plan of Salvation.  She would “invite” Jesus to come to them and would bring in a “Jesus” doll that she received as a gift.

Abigail was blessed with many spiritual gifts (as many of the Jaredite people during this time), which became accelerated after she was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost.  She walked and talked with angels.  She became very gifted with animals and could understand their wants, needs, and feelings.  She could calm down an upset animal in their herds.

As animals were used for food and sacrifice, she was quick to remind everyone to give thanks to each animal for its sacrifice for them and to give thanks to Heavenly Father for providing the animals for food and for sacrifice.  Because of Abigail’s sensitivity toward animals, she helped others understand the role that animals played in their lives.

As Abigail grew older, she knew the power of righteousness.  She lived in a time of righteousness, and because of that, they lived in peace.  Everyone had what they needed.  Her greatest desire was to tell others about the power of righteousness and the effect that could have on families and even entire nations.

Abigail knew about what we call the pride cycle.  She knew that individuals, family, and nations need not go through the pride cycle, meaning becoming prideful and falling after prosperity.  She lived in a great time of prosperity that lasted for several generations.  They had more than what they needed and lived after a manner of happiness.  They worked hard, but also played hard.  They traveled and visited many beautiful places.  They grew closer to God as they lived in righteousness.

Dinah and the Hair Clip

There was a young girl, Dinah, who had beautiful long, dark hair.  She loved her long hair, but did not like hair in her face, which it often did.

One day while Dinah was at the market with her mother, she was about 12 years old, she saw a beautiful silver and gold hair clip that had several small blue, red, and white crystals in it.  Dinah fell in love with the hair clip as soon as she saw it.  She really wanted the hair clip. Actually, her mother also loved the hair clip and thought it would be a great solution to help keep Dinah’s hair out of her face.  The clip was beautiful and looked amazing in her hair.

Because Dinah was the daughter of a righteous Jaredite king, and her mother was the queen, when they went to the market, it was quite an endeavor.  Guards followed them as well as other members of the household.  This king did not like to call those who worked for him servants.  He considered all people equals, each person just had different roles or callings; all were important in his eyes.

Dinah’s best friend Atarah, a daughter of one of the king’s employees, decided to go with Dinah and her mother to the market.  Atarah was also a beautiful 12-year old and saw a different hair clip that she wanted.  Atarah’s hair was a beautiful golden color that flowed down to her hips.  The clip that Atarah found would have been perfect for her hair color.  It was made out of a darker metal and had small yellow and blue crystals adorning it.  Atarah did not have any money with her and felt really sad that she wouldn’t be able to purchase the hair clip.  Dinah, noticing the look in her friend’s eyes, discretely spoke to her mother, who then purchased her hair clip.

Immediately after purchasing her hair clip, Dinah fastened it in her flowing hair, pulling the hair away from her face to the side of her head.  She loved it!!  Not only did the clip hold her hair back, it was a beautiful clip, and a clip that she picked out herself.

Dinah and Atarah visited other vendors in the marketplace (followed by guards), looking at all the different items that were offered.  Soon it was time to go back home.  Dinah and Atarah found Dinah’s mother and they, along with all the others that came with them, went back to the palace.

Once they were home, Dinah invited Atarah to her room.  There, she had a surprise for her.  Dinah pulled out a small package and gave it to Atarah.  Atarah was shocked to receive a package.  Dinah excitedly, told Atarah to open it!  Inside the package lay the hair clip that Atarah wanted!  Atarah squealed with excitement and gratitude.  Dinah helped Atarah fasten the clip in her hair.  Atarah looked at herself in the mirror and felt so grateful for the beautiful clip.  Dinah and Atarah strolled through the palace, arm in arm, showing off to everyone they met their beautiful hair clips.  As they met Dinah’s father, the king, he gave them both big hugs and told them how beautiful they were and how proud he was of them.

Dinah was beautiful on the outside, but even more beautiful on the inside.  She was kind and giving to all those she met.  She emulated her Father’s ideas of how each person was equal.  No one was better than another person.  She treated everyone she met the same, as they were a pure son or daughter of God.  Her giving a hair clip to Atarah was one of the many examples of the generosity she gave to others.

Dinah did not marry as she passed away as a young adult.  She left an amazing legacy of kindness and generosity for all those who knew her.

Clothes

There is a girl, about 8-10 years old, with a doll in her hands.  Sariah is her name.  The doll is beautiful, something that someone living in your time wouldn’t expect for 1000s of years ago.  The face is like porcelain, almost like a Victorian style doll, but with different clothes.  The doll is clothed, but different than you might imagine from videos about the Nephites and Lamanites.  You may assume that the Jaredites would dress similar to how you envision the Nephites and Lamanites, but that isn’t the case.

We had skilled weavers and grew cotton, and other various plants to make beautiful clothes.  Cotton, just like now, was a vital trade item.  Cotton farmers were very valuable and respected.

We used wool from sheep and other animals that we domesticated and herded.  We made shoes from the leathers/skins of animals; and had silkworms to make silk.  Some of us made dyes for our cloth, with a variety of colors.  We didn’t have all the different types of fabrics that you have in your time, but we had a plentiful variety in our clothes, more than you would realize.

During disobedient or wicked times, some merchants would do like your society does, put a name on their clothes and mark up the price, much higher than it needed to be.  It didn’t cost those merchants anymore to make or buy the clothes, they just increased the price.  And, some people would pay the increased price and show off the designers name.  If they only knew how ridiculous they looked.  What is in a name?

So, during times of disobedience and wickedness, divisions based on wealth began to form as our people tried to outdo each other with the price of clothes, goods, and services.  It was sad when that happened; our people were not truly happy.  I much preferred the peaceful times, when our people were obedient to God’s commandments.  That is when all of us received  fair prices for goods and services and when we really prospered.  There was more than enough for everyone, not just the wealthy.  Actually, there really wasn’t a class of wealthy people; we were one, we were united.  Our society was truly abundant!  God poured His richest blessings to us!

Cozeen and the Ball

A cute, little 3-year old girl with long dark hair and chubby cheeks (but she isn’t chubby), and her father came home from the market with a very unique bouncy ball.  Someone found some materials that would bounce and made balls from it.  The ball was about the size of a baseball or softball.  The girl, Cozeen, loved the ball!  She was the youngest of several children and her older siblings were a bit jealous of the ball, especially the two that were just older than her.  One of them, a 5-year boy, tried to sneak the ball away from her, but her father caught him and  gave the ball back to Cozeen.

Cozeen’s family played together, bouncing the ball to each other.  They gathered in a big circle,  bouncing and throwing the ball to each other.  Other families came and watched, and decided that they needed to get a ball also.  It was new to them and quite the thing to have.

Cozeen took that ball with her wherever she went.  She took it to her friend’s house, she slept with it.  She even wanted to take it to church, to the synagogue, but her father told her that she had to leave it home.  The first Sabbath day after receiving the ball, she cried and cried.  She so badly wanted to take the ball with her.  That was a long church service for her parents, as Cozeen could not be consoled.  As soon as the services were don, she practically ran home from church, just to get to her ball.  The following Sabbath days were not as bad. The novelty of the ball wore off after a while, and Cozeen knew that the ball would be there when she got home.

Cozeen kept the ball until she grew up and married.  She always loved that ball and would play with it occasionally as she grew up.  She gave the ball to her oldest child, a girl, who loved the ball just as much as Cozeen.

Crystal Necklace

There is a young Jaredite girl, about 17-18 years old with a beautiful crystal necklace on.  The crystals are set in a silver type metal.  It looks kind of like a crown, yet it’s a necklace.

She bought the necklace in a marketplace from an artisan who makes handcrafted necklaces.  He searches caves and rock outcroppings to find the perfect rocks/crystals and then carves and polishes them to make them look beautiful and shiny.  He uses a form of a rock tumbler similar to tumblers that we have.  However, their technology was different than ours; but actually, his tumbler was more effective and efficient than our tumblers.  Sometimes he bought crystals from other vendors, since he didn’t always have time to find and tumble every crystal.  He bought the needed metals from metal vendors, then heated and shaped the into beautiful necklaces.  He made placeholders in the metal to hold the crystals, then glued the crystals in place.  The glue was different than what we use, but very effective.  The crystals never came out of the necklace.  Sometime he would drill holes into the crystals and then put a wire through the holes.

This girl bought the necklace to go on a “date”.  A young Jaredite warrior saw the beauty in this girl and asked her father if he could take the girl for a walk.  Well, the girl thought that the young warrior was very handsome, so she wanted to look extra nice!

The girl lived during a righteous and prosperous time, so she had the coins she needed to trade for the necklace.  One of the ways she earned her coins was by taking care of other children.

Well, the necklace must have worked!  They enjoyed their walk and soon afterward, they married.

The First Story, The Spoon

This story was originally written on May 10, 2017.  I added more detail to the story on December 6, 2017.

I sense a girl with a metal-type spoon, stirring some food that is cooking over a fire.  The spoon is more elaborate than most spoons we would be familiar with.  A creative artisan put some real time and effort into the spoon.

At this point in time, the girl uses the spoon to cook dinner for her children; her husband is out hunting.  She has two children, 2 years old and 5 years old, and lived most likely in the Southeast Missouri area.  She is happy and peaceful.  She follows the prophets and is obedient.  She knows that by following the prophets, she and her family will be blessed.  Her husband is a leader in the church, a position something like a Bishop.

The spoon is a work of art! Her husband saw this spoon at a market in a city that was several miles from their home.  He was traveling, meeting with other leaders of the church.  While he was in the city, he went to the market, to see what goods and services they offered there.  When he saw the spoon, made by an acquaintance, he immediately knew his wife would love it, so he purchased it.

The spoon was a type of beautiful shiny type metal, possibly a silver alloy and had wood surrounding the metal on the handle so it could be easily held without burning skin.  The carving in the wood was very intricate and beautiful.  It showed a picture of the Tree of Life, with an iron rod leading to it.  The detail was incredible.  The spoon was shaped perfectly to stir food, to serve food, and to display, because of the beauty of the handle.

This girl only used the spoon for special occasions, treasuring it throughout her life.