If you haven’t visited Women in the Scriptures you are missing out. As the name of her blog implies, Heather shares insights into the women of the scriptures. She has a standing challenge to study the scriptures paying particular attention to the women mentioned, the roles they have, the things they’ve done. Some of my favorite posts by Heather are Getting Adam to Partake, How many women would you guess are in the scriptures?, and The Importance of Birth. Welcome, Heather!
Several weeks ago my husband and I took our two little children (3 and 2) on a road trip to “middle of nowhere” Nevada. It was a long trip and, since my 6 month pregnant body desperately needed a break, we broke up the trip by stopping for the night in Wendover, Nevada. Wendover is a little city just barely over the Utah border whose economy consists almost solely of gambling and prostitution. We were there on a weekend night and every time we walked through the casino to get to our hotel room we had to pass through groups of drunk young men who were obviously hanging around for lewd and immoral reasons. As I walked past them with my two small children clinging to my hands and my belly bulging out in front I felt their eyes bore into me. Their stares, their laughs, and their openly crude remarks about my condition made me feel filthy and exposed. When we got back to our hotel room all I wanted to do was curl up and cry; I’d never felt so degraded.
Months later Puah and Shiphrah were again called before Pharaoh. When he asked them why there were so Hebrew boys toddling around they told him, “…Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come unto them.” (Exodus 1:19) It is unlikely that all the Hebrew women had quick and unassisted births. Yet it seems that they were significantly different enough from their Egyptian counterparts that Pharaoh believed the midwives when they told them that Hebrew women gave birth differently than Egyptian women did. Remarkably, Puah and Shiphrah suffered no consequences for their blatant disobedience of the Pharaoh. Furthermore, as a result of their actions, and presumably many other midwives who helped them, there were 603,550 Israelite men who were over the age of 20 years old at the time Israel was delivered out of bondage. Many of those men probably owed their lives to women who, at great risk to themselves, had the courage to protect the sanctity of life. In fact, Moses himself would probably have not have survived infancy without these women’s courage.
“Teach your children to love the hymns. Sing them on the Sabbath, in home evening, during scripture study, at prayer time. Sing as you work, as you play, and as you travel together. Sing hymns as lullabies to build faith and testimony in your young ones.” (First Presidency Preface, Hymns, 1985, x)
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