Sarah’s Trial

    “Sarah’s Trial,” Ensign, Mar. 1977, 15

    Sarah’s Trial

    I’m 26, almost 27 …

    all of my friends are married,

    sisters have children

    and the few I’m

    compatible with

    become fewer …

    Now Sarai,

    Abram’s wife, bare him no children.


    if I

    reordered my priorities …

    And she had a handmaid,

    an Egyptian,

    whose name was Hagar.

    And Sarai said

    unto Abram,

    Behold, now, the Lord

    hath restrained me from bearing;

    I pray thee go in

    unto my maid;

    it may be

    that I may obtain children by her. …

    and Sarah

    saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian,

    which Hagar had borne unto Abraham,


    and she was troubled.


    I know what the


    blessed me with …

    And God said unto Abraham,

    as for Sarai thy wife,

    thou shalt not call her name Sarai,

    but Sarah thou shalt call her name.

    And I will bless her,

    And I will give thee a son of her;

    yea, I will bless her,

    and she shall be blessed,

    The mother of nations;

    kings and peoples shall be of her.

    … with

    and for



    posterity, and the Temple …

    And God said, Sarah thy wife

    shall bear thee a son,

    and thou shalt call his name Isaac;

    and I will establish

    my covenant with him also. …

    and I want my children

    raised, blessed, healed

    by their father, a

    covenanted patriarch … but

    I want children! …

    and I’m afraid

    to wait

    until I’m ninety … I don’t

    believe … they

    know what it’s like … asking

    me to wait … and remain

    single …

    Sarah thy wife shall have a son.

    And Sarah heard him,

    in the tent door.

    And now

    Abraham and Sarah being old,

    and stricken in age;

    therefore it had ceased to be with Sarah

    after the manner of women;


    Sarah laughed within herself,


    After I have waxed old shall I have pleasure,

    my lord being old also?

    but Bishop …

    “I bless

    you if you will trust

    in the Lord, waiting

    His due time …”

    And the angel of the Lord

    said unto Abraham,

    Wherefore did Sarah laugh,


    Shall I of a surety bear a child,

    which am old?

    perhaps he’s not

    right with the Church, but …

    I love him!

    and Sarah laughed within herself

    and her faith waned …

    “but …”


    Is anything too hard for the Lord

    And Abraham was an hundred years old,

    when his son Isaac was born

    unto him.

    And Sarah said,

    God has made me to rejoice;

    and also all that know me will rejoice with me.

    And she said unto Abraham,

    Who would have said that Sarah

    should have given children suck?

    For I was barren,

    but the Lord promised,

    and I have borne unto Abraham

    a son in his old age.

    (Scripture references from Inspired Version of the Bible, Genesis 16–21.)