Monday, August 12, 2013

Day 29: Mosiah 10-12

Hello Everyone!

Today we continue reading about the story of Zeniff and his people.  They are still in bondage to the Lamanites.  There are more wars, etc.  Zeniff dies and confers his kingdom upon his son Noah who did not walk in the ways of his father.

"For behold, he did not keepthe commandments of God, but he did walk after the desires of his own heart.  And he had many wives and concubines.  And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord.  Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness."

"And he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed…"

"And all this did he take to support himself, and his wives and his concubines; and also his priests, and their wives and their concubines; thus he had changed the affairs of the kingdom."

So, in short…… Noah was a WICKED king!

We are then introduced to Abinadi who is a prophet of God and preaches to King Noah and his kingdom.

    Mosiah 11:20. The Prophet Abinadi

  • Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles highlighted Abinadi’s courage and willingness to obey the Lord: “Abinadi infuriated wicked King Noah with his courageous testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. Eventually this great missionary offered the ultimate sacrifice for his witness and faith but not before his pure testimony touched one believing heart. Alma, one of King Noah’s priests, ‘repented of his sins … , [accepted Jesus as the Christ,] and went about privately among the people, and began to teach the words of Abinadi’ (Mosiah 18:1). Many were converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ as a direct result of Abinadi’s powerfully borne testimony of the Savior, believed by one soul—Alma”.
  • I am so grateful for Abinida who was willing to preach the word of God at all costs!  I also love the story of Alma (which we will read about very soon) and how after he heard the testimony of Abinidi before his death how he believed and went about teaching others the things that he heard.  We will later read how Alma baptized many.  All it takes is one person to hear the word of the Lord and generations can be touched and changed forever.  
  • While serving in the Seventy, Elder Cree-L Kofford discussed Abinadi’s influence and example: “What is there that is so special about Abinadi? Perhaps it was his total obedience as he went, presumably alone, among those whom he must have known would take his life, to deliver the word of the Lord and to cry repentance to the people. Perhaps it is the very fact that we know so little about him, or perhaps it was simply the way with which he faced the adversities which came into his life in such a straightforward, ‘square-to-the world’ way. Whatever the reason, Abinadi was and is special. His life, lived so long ago, still has the power to excite the mind and cause the pulse to pound” (“Abinadi,” in Heroes from the Book of Mormon [1995], 69–70). We know that Abinadi was a man who came from among the people, not from outside their society. He was obviously a righteous man called to warn his own people that if they did not repent, bondage and destruction would follow.

    I hope you all have a fantastic night!  I can't wait to read more with you about Abinadi and Alma.  Very inspiring stories.  Please let me know if I can do anything for you!

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