The story of Jared and his brother is a great example of how they were closely connected to their family and friends.
Several cellular telephone companies have Family and Friends plans so people can save money. In the case of Jared and his brother, their family and friends had their lives saved, both physically and spiritually because of the faith of these two men.
I love how the Lord confirmed to the Brother of Jared that all the blessings the Lord was prepared to give him and his family and friends was “because this long time ye have cried unto me” (Ether 1:43).
I learn two things from this. First, I don’t believe the Lord meant the Brother of Jared had one loooooooooooooonnnnngggggggggg prayer. My belief is that for a long period of time, probably most of his life, the Brother of Jared had been faithful at crying unto the Lord.
Next, the Brother of Jared’s righteousness extended to bless his entire family and friends. Yes, we are all accountable for our own relationship with our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. Yet, when we “hang out” with righteous people (or we are the righteous people others hang out with), lives are influenced by the spirit and are blessed.