Sariah is the wife of the prophet Lehi and the mother of Nephi and his siblings. Her small family circle—augmented by the addition of Zoram (the servant of Laban) and Ishmael and his family—becomes the foundation of entire nations in the new land. Sariah is thus destined to become the ancestral mother of millions, whose history, as recorded in the Book of Mormon, extends more than a thousand years into the future, and, in fact, continues even to this day. Despite severe tribulation occasioned by the hardships of the global journey, and despite her anguish over the rebellion of Laman and Lemuel, Sariah remains faithful to the commission given by the Lord. Though her worries about her children would, as on one occasion, cause her to murmur in agony (see 1 Nephi 5:2–3), she maintains her loyal support for her husband in his prophetic calling. Sariah stands as a noble and righteous woman, an exemplary daughter of God, and a fruitful matriarch, after the manner of her namesake, Sarah (or Sarai, wife of Abraham).

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Commentaries and Insights on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1