Yesterday, we were talking about Family Responsibilities in our lesson (I was teaching) and I brought out the story of Sariah when she was complaining to Lehi about their sons being gone so long.
It always intrigued me that this story in particular was included in the scriptures. It sort of had a negative connotation to me because it mentions Sariah’s complaining, and not really her faith. But as I looked closer, some things jumped out at me.
Sariah openly and honestly communicates her fears with her husband. She doesn’t mince words, and her natural worry for her children spills over to telling her husband he’s a visionary man.
But Lehi doesn’t over-react either. He doesn’t dismiss her feelings or tell her she’s a whiner. He agrees with her, “I am a visionary man,” and he tries to comfort her by letting her know of his faith that the boys are all right.
I love that because it’s honest communication between a married couple in regard to their children who may or may not be in danger. But the real eye-opener was, for me, whose point of view this entire story was told from.
This entire episode was recorded by Nephi, who didn’t witness it for himself (because he was gone) so he had to have been told by his parents what had happened. Although he did see and hear for himself how Sariah testified that her faith had been strengthened through this ordeal.
So, to me, this does show us and tell us something very important about our family responsibilities. We should have open and honest communication with our loved ones, but not the type of communication that would erode trust and cause contention. And we should share with our children our trials (maybe not the gory details) but how we arrived at the place we did and how our faith was strengthened because of it.
It was just an interesting little insight into something I’d read many times but had never thought about like that, and I thought I’d share.
Communication, strength, and love--something every relationship needs.