When I first heard about Heather Moore’s Women of the Book of Mormon, I wondered if it was a one page book. If you’ve read the Book of Mormon, you know what I mean. There aren’t many women mentioned in the Book of Mormon, and there isn’t a lot of detail about any of them. I was pleasantly surprised.
Heather Moore has managed to gather threads of truth about some amazing women, and I found her book difficult to put down. The book is subtitled insights and inspirations with good reason, for I found Heather’s thoughts very insightful and inspirational. I have always loved being a woman. Getting to know these valiant woman gives me another reason to rejoice in my feminine nature.
Women of the Book of Mormon honors women like Sariah, Abish, Sister Lamoni, Sister Mormon, and the mothers of the Stripling Warriors. We also hear about Eve, Mary, and Sarah, biblical women who are mentioned in the Book of Mormon. After reading about these valiant women, I feel closer to them. I feel honored to share their traditions and their beliefs as righteous women of God.
Only six women in the book of Mormon are mentioned by name. Sariah, wife of Lehi; Eve, wife of Adam; Mary, mother of Jesus; Sarah, wife of Abraham; Abish, servant of King Lamoni, and Isabel, the harlot who was Corianton's downfall. I have often wondered why so little was said about women in the scriptures. Heather tells us that their story is related in words like bear children, toil, spin, work, chastity, great faith, forsaken, afflictions, taught, tears, prayer, broken hearts, love, sacred support, and blessed.
“Love is the connection that can bring us closer to these women,” says Heather. “By understanding their lives, their losses, and their triumphs, we begin to understand them.”
Whether you are a serious student of the Book of Mormon or a casual reader, I invite you to get to know your other sisters: the women whose stories lie within the sacred pages of the Book of Mormon. As I read Heather's book, I gained new insight and a new love for sisters whose lives were different from mine. I found that there is much we share.
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