Zoram, Nephi, and his brothers are wed, yet none of the women are introduced by name. They are clumsily identified as Ishmael’s daughters…
“And it came to pass that I, Nephi, took one of the daughters of Ishmael to wife; and also, my brethren took of the daughters of Ishmael to wife; and also Zoram took the eldest daughter of Ishmael to wife.”
~1 Nephi 16:7~
Where’s the respect? Particularly for Nephi’s wife. Here is a list of a few of the things she did: She was one of the five daughters of Ishmael (not the oldest one); She followed her family into the wilderness and left all her worldly possessions behind in Jerusalem (1 Nephi 7:5); She married Nephi (1 Nephi 16:7); She witnessed the writing on the Liahona (1 Nephi 16:27); She murmured against Lehi and Nephi, as did all her other sisters, when her father died and wanted to return to Jerusalem (1 Nephi 16:35-36); Unlike two of her sisters (those married to Laman and Lemuel) she repented of her murmuring and never rebelled again (1 Nephi 16:39); She bore children in the wilderness (1 Nephi 17:1-2); She lived on raw meat in the wilderness (1 Nephi 17:1-2); Despite her hardships she gave “plenty of suck” for her children (1 Nephi 17:1-2); She suffered all things “save death” (1 Nephi 17:20); She became strong, like unto a man, and bore her journeying without murmurings (1 Nephi 17:1-2); She made the voyage to the promised land and helped establish a new life for her family there (1 Nephi 18); On the voyage to the promised land Nephi’s wicked brothers rebelled against him and tied him up, the Liahona stopped working and they were being tossed upon the sea. Her tears and prayers (and also those of her children) were not enough to soften the hearts of Nephi’s brethren and it was “… nothing save it were the power of God, which threatened them with destruction, could soften their hearts” (1 Nephi 18:19-20); When the righteous Nephites separated themselves from the wicked Lamanties she and her children went with them (2 Nephi 5:6).
With all of these accomplishments, couldn’t she at least have been addressed by name?