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