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(1) Mother of Jesus. The virgin, cousin of Elisabeth (Luke 1:36); betrothed to Joseph (Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:27); the Annunciation (26–38); visits Elisabeth (40–45); magnifies the Lord (46–55); returns (56); Joseph warned not to put her away (Matt. 1:18–25); goes to Bethlehem with Joseph (Luke 2:4–5); the Nativity (7, 16); visit of the shepherds (16–20); the Purification (2:21–38); the Magi visit (Matt. 2:11); in Egypt (13–14); returns to Nazareth (19–23; Luke 2:39); goes up to the Passover (41–52); at the wedding at Cana (John 2:2–5). Other references during our Lord’s ministry include Matt. 12:46; 13:54–55; Mark 3:31–32; 6:3; Luke 8:19. She was entrusted to John (John 19:25–26) and was with the Apostles after the Ascension (Acts 1:14). There is no trustworthy history of her later years. Latter-day revelation confirms the biblical account and affirms that Mary was a pure and a chosen vessel and the mother of the Son of God in the flesh (1 Ne. 11:13–20; Mosiah 3:8; Alma 7:10).

(2) Sister of Lazarus and Martha. Sat at Jesus’ feet (Luke 10:39, 42); sent for Jesus after the death of Lazarus (John 11:1–45); anointed Jesus with ointment (John 12:3–8).

(3) The mother of James and Joses, at the cross (Matt. 27:56; Mark 15:40); perhaps the same Mary called the wife of Cleophas (John 19:25); at the burial (Matt. 27:61); “the other Mary” (Mark 15:47); at the tomb in the morning (Matt. 28:1; Mark 16:1; Luke 24:10).

(4) Mother of Mark (Acts 12:12).