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According to the Book of Mormon, Sariah (/səˈrə/)[1] was the wife of Lehi, and the mother of Laman, Lemuel, Sam, and Nephi.[2] The Book of Mormon also mentions Jacob, and Joseph, two additional sons born to Lehi after his departure from Jerusalem, but does not explicitly name Sariah as their mother, though no other wife of Lehi is ever named.[3] 1 Nephi 18:19 does make it fairly certain that sariah is their mother. She traveled with her husband from Jerusalem, into the wilderness, and eventually, across the ocean to the "promised land" (the Americas). She is perhaps best known for the story in First Nephi where she complains against her husband for sending her sons back to Jerusalem. She becomes convinced that they have perished in the desert, but is overjoyed upon their eventual return.[4] In Lehi's vision of the tree of life, Sariah eats the precious fruit, symbolizing that she is righteous and will be saved.[5]

Family tree[edit]

As the wife of Lehi, and the mother of Nephi and Laman (who went on to establish the nations of the Nephites and the Lamanites), Sariah can be considered one of the principal ancestors of the Book of Mormon people. Her immediate family is shown in the diagram below.



Among LDS linguists, prevalent consensus of the reading of the name "Sariah" is שׂריה Śaryāh ("princess of Jehovah"), and an alternative voicing of the name Seraiah.[6]

Book of Mormon Movie[edit]

In The Book of Mormon Movie, Vol. 1: The Journey, adapted from First and Second Nephi, Sariah was portrayed by Jan Broberg Felt. The portrayal was highly influenced by Arnold Friberg paintings of the characters.


  1. ^ "Book of Mormon Pronunciation Guide", (retrieved 2012-02-25), IPA-ified from «sa-rī´a»
  2. ^ 1 Nephi
  3. ^ 1 Nephi 18
  4. ^ 1 Nephi 5
  5. ^ 1 Nephi 8
  6. ^ Fronk, Camille. "Desert Epiphany: Sariah and the Women in 1 Nephi". Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Retrieved 2012-09-28.