Large and Mighty Jaredites
There are 2 dominant ancient cultures in the Ohio River Valley area:
Hopewell 300 BC – 400 AD
Adena 1500 BC – 200 BC
The date ranges vary some depending on the source.
Both of these cultures built mounds. Each culture had distinctions in their manner of building and purpose.
When searching and researching the Mound Builders, you inevitably come across articles about large skeletons associated with the mounds, especially the Adena sites. A simple google search of “Adena Giants” will give you plenty.
The image above is posted from http://www.facebook.com/giantsonrecord.
Joshua and I visited the Great Serpent Mound. Number 10 on the list above is from that location in Ohio. This individual was over 7 feet tall. The discovery is part of the historical record but nothing is mentioned about him at the visitors center there.
Enough evidence of large skeletons have been found that The History Channel commissioned an entire show titled Search for the Lost Giants in North America. Most people readily accept the stories of giants in the Bible, especially Goliath, who was either 9 feet 6 inches, or 6 feet 9 inches, depending on the scholar.
In searching through the Book of Mormon there are several distinct phrases that describe being a “big guy”.
Nephi, son of Lehi and General Mormon refer to themselves as “Large in Stature.”
1 Nephi 1:16 & Moroni 2:1
Nehor the Anti-Christ and Amalickiah the Userper are called “Large and Strong.”
Alma 1:2 & Alma 46:3
Ammon the explorer and Chief Captain Moroni are called “Strong and Mighty.”
Mosiah 7:3 & Alma 48:11
The specific wording that caught my attention was “Large and Mighty” which almost always refers to Jaredites.
Mahonri Moriancumer, the brother of Jared was a Large and Mighty man. – Ether 1:34
Coriantumr, the last Jaredite, along with his 27 remaining men were all Large and Mighty men.
Shiz, the second to the Last Jaredite, along with his 32 remaining men were all Large and Mighty men. – Ether 15:25-26
Lib, the brother of Shiz, was described as “a man of great stature, more than any other man among all the people” – Ether 14:10
The only exception to Jaredite Large and Mighty is Coriantumr, a Nephite dissenter and Lamanite general. – Helaman 1:15-16
Coriantumr had a Jaredite name and he was a descendant of Zarahemla.
Ammon, the explorer, Strong and Mighty, was also a descendant of Zarahemla.
It is curious that being a “descendant of Zarahemla” would be associated with large size.
Coriantumr was with the Mulekites, King Zarahemla’s ancestors, for 9 moons… enough time to have fathered a child before he died?
In the Bible, the first reference to a man’s size being “Mighty” is in Genesis 6:
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
I’m not going to pretend I know what this scripture is saying, but to me it associates the word “mighty” with “giant”.
In 1915 newlyweds Willard and Rebecca Bean were called by President Joseph F. Smith to leave their home in Richfield, Utah and move into the Joseph Smith home near Palmyra, New York. Their mission, which was to last five years, stretched into nearly twenty-five years.
Willard and Rebecca’s son Alvin remembered plowing a field with his father and uncovering a skeleton. The person they uncovered stood approximately 8 feet tall and in the word’s of Alvin, “had a skull the size of a basketball”. Buried with that skeleton was a sword that was so large Willard, a professional athlete, could not hold it up with one hand.
What Say Ye?
Where the Jaredites “big guys”? Dare we call them Giants?