Elisabeth and Zacharias

“Elisabeth and Zacharias,” Liahona, May 2000, 12

Elisabeth and Zacharias

Zacharias and Elisabeth

Zacharias and his wife, Elisabeth, were Jews who lived near Jerusalem. They obeyed God’s commandments. They were old and had no children. They prayed for a baby. Luke 1:5–7, 13

Zacharias was a priest

Zacharias was a priest in the temple. One day an angel named Gabriel came to him and said that God would bless Zacharias and his wife. God would answer their prayers—Elisabeth would have a baby, whom they should name John. Luke 1:8–13, 19

John had a work to do

God had work for John to do: he was to tell people about Jesus Christ. John would be a righteous prophet of God. Luke 1:15–17

Zacharias didn’t believe the angel

Zacharias did not believe the angel and said that Elisabeth was too old to have a baby. Gabriel said that she would have a child and that because Zacharias did not believe it, he would not be able to talk until John was born. Luke 1:18–20

Illustrated by Paul Mann