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The Birth of Joseph in the Wilderness

TitleThe Birth of Joseph in the Wilderness
Publication TypeArtwork
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsMickelson, Natasha
KeywordsChildbirth; Family; Joseph (Son of Lehi); Lehi (Prophet); Sariah

“…Our women… were strong” - 1 Nephi 17:2

“…we have wandered in the wilderness for these many years; and our women have toiled, being big with child; and they have borne children in the wilderness and suffered all things…” 1 Nephi 17:20

“And now, my father had begat two sons in the wilderness; the elder was called Jacob and the younger Joseph.” - 1 Nephi 18:7

Having recently become a mother myself, these verses made a much greater impact on me during my most recent reading of the Book of Mormon than ever before. Women in scripture are often background characters (when mentioned at all), so passages like these are precious even though they are short and simple. I greatly admire the strength of Sariah and the Nephite women, and I love the image of these few women banding together to support and minister to each other through their trials. The birth of their children, while very difficult, would have also been some of the moments of greatest joy during these years in the wilderness.

Scripture Reference

1 Nephi 17:2
1 Nephi 17:20
1 Nephi 18:7