Positivity Through Sariah

I love when I get inspiration to write about something from my friends and loved ones.

I was discussing The Book of Mormon with someone and He brought up a really good point. I had mentioned to him that I am often negative in life, and he started to remind me of the story found in Nephi.

In 1 Nephi 5 we read,

1 And it came to pass that after we had come down into the wilderness unto our father, behold, he was filled with joy, and also my mother, Sariah, was exceedingly glad, for she truly had mourned because of us.

2 For she had supposed that we had perished in the wilderness; and she also had complained against my father, telling him that he was a visionary man; saying: Behold thou hast led us forth from the land of our inheritance, and my sons are no more, and we perish in the wilderness.

3 And after this manner of language had my mother complained against my father.

4 And it had come to pass that my father spake unto her, saying: I know that I am a visionary man; for if I had not seen the things of God in a vision I should not have known the goodness of God, but had tarried at Jerusalem, and had perished with my brethren.

5 But behold, I have obtained a land of promise, in the which things I do rejoice; yea, and I know that the Lord will deliver my sons out of the hands of Laban, and bring them down again unto us in the wilderness.

6 And after this manner of language did my father, Lehi, comfort my mother, Sariah, concerning us, while we journeyed in the wilderness up to the land of Jerusalem, to obtain the record of the Jews.

7 And when we had returned to the tent of my father, behold their joy was full, and my mother was comforted.

8 And she spake, saying: Now I know of a surety that the Lord hath commanded my husband to flee into the wilderness; yea, and I also know of a surety that the Lord hath protected my sons, and delivered them out of the hands of Laban, and given them power whereby they could accomplish the thing which the Lord hath commanded them. And after this manner of language did she speak.

So in this particular story Lehi sent his sons back to retrieve the plates from Laban. They had been gone awhile and their mother Sariah started to complain. In other words, she was becoming negative in this particular moment.

But what is amazing is that after her husband Lehi talked to her and once she realized her children were okay, she was humbled and comforted and understood that all this was from God. From that moment on it is never recorded that she complained again.

What does this mean?

It means that when we face hard times and we tend to murmur or complain, we should remember God and learn from those experiences. There is always room to improve and be better the next time.

We are not expected to be perfect right now, but when we realize that we have been negative and murmuring, we should try our best to be better the next time we experience something hard.

“When we give our hear to the father and the Son, we change our world – even if circumstances around us do not change”

Neill Marriot

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