While the sons of Lehi were in Jerusalem obtaining the brass plates, Sariah was full of worry. In her mind, her sons had died in the wilderness. Her mourning process had already begun when her sons returned healthy and unharmed.
Lehi's efforts to comfort Sariah were inadequate. Though he assured her that their sons would return to them, she was not convinced. Still, worried as she was, she stayed with her husband and attempted to be comforted by his assurances.
No parent should ever have to endure the thoughts, worries and doubts that Sariah endured. Those feelings are only understood by those who have been called to experience tragedy, and by God himself.
For reasons known only to the Lord, many people are called upon to suffer through this trial. Children young and old are called home at the time and place appointed to them. Parents are left behind to wonder and to mourn.
Sariah was blessed enough to have her sons returned to her, dispelling the gloom that had fallen over her heart. Many parents are not so lucky.
“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)
This experience served to strengthen Sariah's testimony of her husband as a prophet. The Lord needed Sariah to see that He was protecting her sons.
The experience of losing a child could come to any home at any time, just as Sariah thought it had come to hers.
Too much is taken for granted. Too often, time is wasted.
Upon the return of their sons, Lehi and Sariah were comforted and “their joy was full”. Spend each day full of joy. Families should spend time together, work together, play together, cry together.
Put down the phone, close the laptop, turn off the TV. Joy is not found in those things. Joy is in the little people in your home, joy is in their smiles, their hugs, the games they invent, their successes.
It is too easy to spend time doing something that won't bring joy. Stop it. Let your joy be full.