“Having Need of Much Nourishment”

Brant Gardner

The phrase "having need of much nourishment," if taken literally, may suggest that both sons were nursing, else the illness of the parents should not have had that great an effect upon their ability to eat.

This verse is the first place where we learn that Nephi has had children by his wife. Having traveled in the wilderness for eight years, there was certainly ample time for the couples of that great communal wedding to have had multiple children.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon