Ishmael's Wife

Mother of Ismaelites

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Ishmael's Wife

When Nephi and his brothers returned to Jerusalem to persuade Ishmael and his family to join them in the wilderness, the family readily agreed. However, on the return trip to Lehi’s tent, Laman and Lemuel, together with two of Ishmael’s daughters and two of his sons and their families, rebelled against Nephi. After Nephi counseled with them concerning their lack of faith, his older brothers bound him and attempted to take his life. Nephi prayed earnestly to the Lord for assistance. No sooner were his bands released than Laman and Lemuel came forward to seize him again, but “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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