Widow of Zarephath

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“The widow of Zarephath showed her faith when she provided the prophet Elijah with a morsel of bread rather than using the last of her meal and oil to feed her son and herself and then die. The scriptures record: ‘And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.’

“Perhaps symbolic of the trust widows have in the Lord is the phrase ‘and she went and did according to the saying of Elijah.’ ”

Earl C. Tingey, Presidency of the Seventy
The Widows of Zion,” April 2000 General Conference

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“In chapter 17 of 1 Kings we read about a humble widow who lived in Zarephath during a time of great scarcity of food because of the drought. This humble woman possessed no more than a handful of meal and a little oil for herself and for her son. With these she planned to prepare a final meal and then die. The prophet Elijah asked her to first give him something to eat with the promise that if she did so the meal and the oil would not decrease until it rained again:

“ ‘And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah’.

“Thus we see how, when people listen to and accept with humility and simple faith the words of the prophets, they receive the Lord’s blessings.”

Francisco J. Vinas, Second Quorum of the Seventy
Listening to the Voice of the Lord,” October 1996 General Conference

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“The plight of the widow is a recurring theme through holy writ. Our hearts go out to the widow at Zarephath. Gone was her husband. Consumed was her scant supply of food. Starvation and death awaited. But then came God’s prophet with the seemingly brazen command that the widow woman should feed him. Her response is particularly touching: ‘As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.’

“The reassuring words of Elijah penetrated her very being: ‘Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail. … And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah. … And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail.’ ”

Thomas S. Monson, Second Counselor, First Presidency
The Fatherless and the Widows—Beloved of God,” October 1994 General Conference

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