Brother Kelly Smith was wrestling with a question that many of us have similarly had. Why did the Jaredites put a hole in the bottom of their barges?
In Ether chapter 2 verse 20, we read: And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: Behold, thou shalt make a hole in the top, and also in the bottom; and when thou shalt suffer for air thou shalt unstop the hole and receive air. And if it be so that the water come in upon thee, behold, ye shall stop the hole, that ye may not perish in the flood.
According to the verse, the purpose of the hole in the top of the barge is clearly to allow for airflow into the barges. But what of the hole on the bottom?
In this YouTube video, Brother Smith gives you his best guess with a visual depiction that seems to make a lot of sense.