The Jaredites were a prosperous society. In addition to their precious metals, they had silks, linen, and cloth fabrics. “’Silk and fine-twined linen’ are mentioned (e.g., Alma 1:29; Ether 10:24) along with common (cotton?) cloth. The ‘silk’ is unlikely to have been produced from silkworms as in China, but similar fabrics were known, at least in Mesoamerica. For example, in Guatemala fiber from the wild pineapple plant, and among the Aztecs rabbit hair, served to make silklike fabrics. Although flax apparently was not known in America prior to the arrival of the Spaniards (linen was made from flax in the Old World), several vegetable-based fabrics with similar characteristics are well attested in ancient America (Update, Nov. 1988).”
They had tools to till and plow their land. They grew assorted crops. They also used animals as a part of their farming practices.
Moroni explains “they did work all manner of work of exceedingly curious workmanship” (Ether 10:27). “[T]he word curious, which is used to describe various artifacts ten times in the KJV (Exodus 28:8, 27–28; 29:5; 35:32; 39:5, 20–21; Leviticus 8:7; Acts 19:19) and six times in the Book of Mormon (1 Nephi 16:10; 18:1; Alma 37:39; 63:5; Helaman 6:11; Ether 10:27) should not be understood as ‘strange’ or ‘inquisitive.’ In all of those passages, it means ‘skilled’ and alludes to the craftsmanship that produced the artifact. That the word continued to have this meaning in nineteenth century American English is affirmed by Webster’s 1828 dictionary and its use in describing Mormon’s plates in the Testimony of Eight Witnesses, published near the beginning of the Book of Mormon.”
During this time, the people were a blessed people. After Lib’s death, his son Hearthom became king. Somehow (Moroni does not explain the circumstances), Hearthom lost the kingdom. He lived his days in captivity. For three generations, Hearthom’s descendants lived in captivity. Com was the fourth generation.
Com successfully conquered and ruled half the kingdom. He reigned forty-two years. Eventually he attacked Amgid, who ruled the other half of the kingdom, consolidating it into one kingdom again.
During Com’s rule, the secret combinations reared their ugly heads. They followed the old plans and oaths administered in the past. Their goal was to overthrow the kingdom. Com fought the robbers, but he did not defeat them.