Sunday, July 17, 2011

book of mormon: week 5

my thoughts from this week's reading are going to be all about this man right here:

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first of all, i love how the artist has such ambitious, muscular views of all the book of mormon heroes. he always renders them as these incredible hulk-esque, burly men. i mean, maybe it's true....

the story of abinadi, in simple terms, goes something like this:
he is imprisoned for preaching about Christ.
he's brought before the king & all his wicked priests and questioned, etc.
he gives a super legit sermon about Christ and everything gospel-related.
the wicked men don't take well to this and decide to kill him.
this is my favorite part:
unbeknownst to abinadi, one man believed.
this man's name was Alma.
Alma believes, runs away from the other wicked priests, and starts preaching.
eventually, countless people come to Christ thru Alma's teachings.
and Alma goes on to become a prophet.
all because of Abinadi...
and Abinadi never even knew about it!

kind of makes you think twice before you decide your actions don't really matter to anyone, eh?

i also love love love this verse in Mosiah 18:

 30And now it came to pass that all this was done in Mormon, yea, by the waters of Mormon, in the forest that was near the waters of Mormon; yea, the place of Mormon, the waters of Mormon, the forest of Mormon, how beautiful are they to the eyes of them who there came to the knowledge of their Redeemer; yea, and how blessed are they, for they shall sing to his praise forever.

i think we all have our "waters of Mormon"... our places that are beautiful to use because it's where we truly came to a knowledge of our Savior.

among many, mine include:
flagstaff, ariz.
cedar city, utah
kirtland and hiram, ohio
(oh, i pine for you ohio!!)

if you don't mind sharing, where's yours?
other religious thoughts from your week?

3 comments:

Cyrus said...

The Bitterroots or anywhere else in the wilderness of Montana.

Devin said...

I think my personal "Waters of Mormon" would be Texas. I have grown and learned a lot here. Probably all thanks to my CTR6 class :) This week in institute we were asked "How deeply converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ are you? And how do you measure how deeply converted you are?" I immediately thought of missionary work- whether you actually go out and serve the Lord, or you're just sharing the Gospel with a friend, neighbor, or coworker. I would measure how deeply converted I am by my desire to share what I know. But, not just desire, but willingness and courage to share. That's where Abinadi and Alma come in. What great examples they are of having courage to share and to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Abinadi knowing he would die, cried repentance and preached unto King Noah and his priests anyway. Then Alma, knowing he would be killed if caught, still taught and baptized many after hearing Abinadi. After reading Abinadi's story I realize I have no reason to fear sharing the Gospel.

sj said...

I like how Walter Rane chose to depict Abinadi as a young man. AFAIK there's nothing in the scriptures that says he was old.

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