I used to use this discussion on my mission as an example of using the scriptures to guide us. The Lord will answer prayers, but He often waits for us to use or find the answers that He has already given us. In the LDS version of the bible, the footnotes remark that the "windows" built into the ark by Noah may have been shining stones. I hadn't heard the other references presented in this article, but if Jared and his brother had scriptures or traditions from their fathers about the flood, then the idea of glowing stones would have been common. As God has already answered the light issue with Noah, He required the brother of Jared to find that answer first, but the other issue, the issue of air, was not answered previously, and so God answered that one more directly.
A friend related recently that a temple excavation in Peru dated back to the Jaradite era. In that excavation they found "16 stones of curious workmanship". We have not been able to find this information again yet, perhaps someone else knows about this. It would stand to reason that those stones, touched by the finger of God, would be considered very sacred and placed in a sacred place
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