Wednesday, March 20, 2002

2 Nephi 14:1

"And in that day, seven women shall take hold of one man, saying: We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel; only let us be called by thy name to take away our reproach."
2 Nephi 14:1

Interesting.  My question is, what reproach are they talking about?  Being unmarried?  There are other possibilities, but that is probably the strongest one.  The other interesting thing here is the hint of plural marriage.  I did a report in college on the wives of Brigham Young, and in very many instances, Brigham Young married women who were poor and unable to care for themselves so that they could live under his roof and be provided for.  It seemed to be a solely economic relationship in those cases.  Which helped a lot of widows out, as well as sisters or family members of previous wives who were also taken in.  In this scripture the women are begging for the opportunity to be called by a man's name for some reason... and not for economic reasons, because they say they will provide for themselves.  Is it to let everyone know that they are following the Lord?  And if so, what reproach are they afraid of, God's, or other people's?  It seems like a very unromantic proposal. :)

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