When Ammon taught the gospel to King Lamoni, he was so overcome that he fell to the
ground, and was unconscious for several days. The queen called for Ammon. Ammon
told her that the king would awaken the next day, and the queen expressed her belief
in Ammon’s words. Ammon recognized great faith in this answer, and said, “Blessed
art thou because of thy exceeding faith.” Her husband was raised according to the
word of Ammon, and her faith was verified.
The wife of king Lamoni and the mother of sons and daughters. She showed remarkable
faith in the words of Ammon and is told by him that, "There has not been such great
faith among all the people of the Nephites."
The queen stayed up all night to watch over her unconscious husband and, in the morning,
when he arose in fullfillment of Ammon's prophesy, king and queen share a powerful
spiritual experience which fells them to the ground.
Abish awakens the queen who then praises God, blesses her people and speaks in tongues
before helping Lamoni to his feet. Together they ministered to their people and created
a haven in their kingdom for the followers of the true God.
In fact, when the king arose he testified of God’s works and plan. The Spirit came
upon the queen and all those who listened, and they all fell to the earth. This
was witnessed by a lone individual - Abish, who had already been converted to the
Lord on account of a vision.
The Book of Mormon records, “Therefore, when she saw that all the servants of Lamoni
had fallen to the earth, and also her mistress, the queen, and the king, and Ammon
lay prostrate upon the earth, she knew that it was the power of God; and supposing
that this opportunity, by making known unto the people what had happened among them,
that by beholding this scene it would cause them to believe in the power of God,
therefore she ran forth from house to house, making it known unto the people.”
I chose to portray the story of Abish at the moment right before she touches the
Queen. Although Abish's story is a small part in the Book of Mormon, I find it to
be incredibly powerful and inspirational. When researching for the piece, I made
a list of several verbs describing Abish's actions. She saw, she ran, she gathered,
she wept, she believed, she touched. I took these into account when creating this
highly symbolic piece. Abish and the Queen are painted in dramatic lighting and suspense,
and although difficult to detect in the photo, the crops contain hints of gold. Abish
was painted on a 24" x 30" canvas in oil paints.
I love the story of Abish because it shows that even when something goes wrong, the
Lord can still have a purpose in it. Though Abish was brought to tears when her actions
of gathering others to witness the miracle had seemed to backfire, many were present
to witness the testimony of the queen after the queen woke up. This led to the conversion
of many. Abish played a vital role. Here Abish is reaching to see if she can wake
"...and as soon as [Abish] touched [the queen], she arose... and cried with a loud
voice, saying: O blessed Jesus, who has saved me from an awful hell! O blessed God,
have mercy on this people! "[The queen] then took the king, Lamoni, by the hand,
and behold he arose..." (Alma 19:29-30)
Abish had a powerful testimony that she had cultivated quietly for years. When she
finally had her moment, there was no hesitation. The result changed hundreds of lives.
There will be times in each of our lives when we will be called upon to act based
on what we believe.
Raise your faith, and Let your faith raise others.
Aaron, one of the sons of Mosiah, went to the king over all the Lamanites to teach
him the gospel. The king had observed the behavior of the missionaries and wanted
to understand their beliefs. As Aaron began to teach him, he asked the king if he
believed. The king’s answer showed great faith:
“Yea, I believe that the Great Spirit created all things, and I desire that ye should
tell me concerning all these things, and I will believe thy words.”
He heard Aaron’s words, the great Lamanite king,
The words of redemption and hope.
They touched the king’s heart and he hungered for truth;
in meekness he fervently spoke:
“If you say tha
t God lives, I’ll
believe, I’ll believe, . . .
I’ll believe what you teach, I’ll believe, I’ll believe.”
“Do you understand, that everything we have is required by God our Father, to be
laid upon the altar? Is there anything that is nearer your heart than the Gospel
of the Lord Jesus Christ? Is there anything that stands between you and perfect obedience,
to the will of God?” - George Q. Cannon
King Lamoni’s father was so hard-hearted that he was prepared to kill his
own son for the relationship that he had with a Nephite. His astonishment for the
charity which Ammon had for Lamoni helped him become humble and teachable. This wicked
man felt the Spirit so strongly that he was willing to give up everything to know
God better. And, when asked to offer a broken-heart he did so without hesitation,
seeing the blessing of being called one of God’s own. (Alma 20-22)
Some symbolism on The Salt Lake temple that I love I have added to my painting:
The Cloud stones; The gospel piercing through superstition and spiritual darkness.
Big-dipper; The lost may look to the priesthood…and find their way back to God.
The all-seeing eye; God always sees you and when you need His help.