Ishmael's Daughter

Pleader with Laman and Lemuel on behalf of Nephi

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Ishmael's Daughter

When Nephi and his brothers returned to Jerusalem for a second time to persuade Ishmael and his family to join their exodus to the Promised Land, they found that Ishmael’s heart had been softened by the Lord. The entire family readily departed from their home in Jerusalem accompanied by the sons of Lehi. But their enthusiasm waned, and Nephi recorded “that as we journeyed in the wilderness, behold Laman and Lemuel, and two of the daughters of Ishmael, and the two sons of Ishmael and their families, did rebel against us; yea, against me, Nephi, and Sam, and their father, Ishmael, and his wife, and his three other daughters”. Nephi exhorted them to put their faith in the Lord, but Laman and Lemuel bound him and prepared to slay him and leave him “to be devoured by wild beasts”. Praying for strength, Nephi found his bands had been loosened, and he began again to speak to his rebellious brothers. The enraged brothers were about to seize him again when “one of the daughters of Ishmael, yea, and also her mother, and one of the sons of Ishmael, did plead with my brethren, insomuch that they did soften their hearts; and they did cease striving to take away my life”.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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