Behold their joy was full

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

1 Nephi 5:7

I would rather not imagine what it must have been like for Sariah to mourn, believing that her sons had perished in the wilderness. To the point where she complained against Lehi much like Laman and Lamuel had. However, complaint is not the point that I want to focus on.

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.

1 Nephi 5:8

This is the important bit. Sariah had murmured, but upon her sons returning, she gave all praise and credit to the Lord. Whereas Laman and Lamuel, who had seen an angel, still would not believe. As far as we know Sariah has never seen an angel, and yet through this experience she is converted.

May we learn through our struggles to trust in the Lord. We never hear again about Sariah murmuring. She had an experience that she knew proved her testimony in the Lord. If it was true this time, why wouldn’t it be true for all other times in her future. Surely this wouldn’t be the only time she’d suffer, but she has this experience to fallback to.

When you have a spiritual experience, I would encourage you to write it down and keep a journal. These writings will add up, and you’ll gain insights through each of them, and you’ll be able to reflect upon them later in life. Perhaps someone else will benefit from your writings, and learn from your experiences.

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