|Depiction of a Nazareth of home in a recreated Nazareth Village|
"...the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth.
To a virgin espoused to a man named Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary...
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, mary: for thou has found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in they womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS." (Luke 1:26-31)
What kind of woman would God choose to be the mother of his son? Nephi calls her a virgin most beautiful and fair.
Historians tell us that Mary was very young when she was told of her sacred mission, perhaps as young as 13, and probably not older than 16. Can you imagine the thoughts that must have
filled her young mind?
It would be she who would prepare Jesus for his triumphant mission. Her baby would be the son of God! This was neither the first nor last time that the Lord would choose someone very young for his most important work. David was just a boy when he was annointed King of Israel. The Savior would come through his blood line.
|I love Liz Lemon Swindle's younger Mary.|
We love the words that Mary spoke as she accepted her sacred calling. "Behold the handmaiden of the Lord. Be it unto me according to thy word." If only we could be so obedient to the will of the Lord.
The name, Mary, means bitter...perhaps a reminder that a sword would one day pierce her heart.