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A Library Tour through Mosiah 12-15
1. And it came to pass that after the space of two years that Abinadi came among
them in disguise, that they knew him not, and began to prophesy among them, saying:
Thus has the Lord commanded me, saying -- Abinadi, go and prophesy unto this my people,
for they have hardened their hearts against my words; they have repented not of their
evil doings; therefore, I will visit them in my anger, yea, in my fierce anger will
I visit them in their iniquities and abominations.
2. Yea, wo be unto this generation! And the Lord said unto me: Stretch forth thy
hand and prophesy saying: Thus saith the Lord, it shall come to pass that this generation,
because of their iniquities, shall be brought into bondage, and shall be smitten
on the cheek; yea, and shall be driven by men, and shall be slain; and the vultures
of the air, and the dogs, yea, and the wild beasts, shall devour their flesh.
3. And it shall come to pass that the life of king Noah shall be valued even as a
garment in a hot furnace; for he shall know that I am the Lord.
Chapter 30 – As a Garment in a Hot Furnace. Research by John A. Tvedtnes, originally
published in the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 6/1 (1997): 76-79.
This is an interesting examination of scriptural references to destroying/burning
unwholesome garments, fire, and furnaces, in light of Abinadi’s simile curse prophesy.
4. And it shall come to pass that I will smite this my people with sore afflictions,
yea, with famine and with pestilence; and I will cause that they shall howl all the
5. Yea, and I will cause that they shall have burdens lashed upon their backs; and
they shall be driven before like a dumb ass.
6. And it shall come to pass that I will send forth hail among them, and it shall
smite them; and they shall also be smitten with the east wind; and insects shall
pester their land also, and devour their grain.
7. And they shall be smitten with a great pestilence -- and all this will I do because
of their iniquities and abominations.
8. And it shall come to pass that except they repent I will utterly destroy them
from off the face of the earth; yet they shall leave a record behind them, and I
will preserve them for other nations which shall possess the land; yea, even this
will I do that I may discover the abominations of this people to other nations. And
many things did Abinadi prophesy against this people.
9. And it came to pass that they were angry with him; and they took him and carried
him bound before the king, and said unto the king: Behold, we have brought a man
before thee who has prophesied evil concerning thy people, and saith that God will
10. And he also prophesieth evil concerning thy life, and saith that thy life shall
be as a garment in a furnace of fire.
11. And again, he saith that thou shalt be as a stalk, even as a dry stalk of the
field, which is run over by the beasts and trodden under foot.
12. And again, he saith thou shalt be as the blossoms of a thistle, which, when it
is fully ripe, if the wind bloweth, it is driven forth upon the face of the land.
And he pretendeth the Lord hath spoken it. And he saith all this shall come upon
thee except thou repent, and this because of thine iniquities.
13. And now, O king, what great evil hast thou done, or what great sins have thy
people committed, that we should be condemned of God or judged of this man?
14. And now, O king, behold, we are guiltless, and thou, O king, hast not sinned;
therefore, this man has lied concerning you, and he has prophesied in vain.
15. And behold, we are strong, we shall not come into bondage, or be taken captive
by our enemies; yea, and thou hast prospered in the land, and thou shalt also prosper.
16. Behold, here is the man, we deliver him into thy hands; thou mayest do with him
as seemeth thee good.
17. And it came to pass that king Noah caused that Abinadi should be cast into prison;
and he commanded that the priests should gather themselves together that he might
hold a council with them what he should do with him.
18. And it came to pass that they said unto the king: Bring him hither that we may
question him; and the king commanded that he should be brought before them.
19. And they began to question him, that they might cross him, that thereby they
might have wherewith to accuse him; but he answered them boldly, and withstood all
their questions, yea, to their astonishment; for he did withstand them in all their
questions, and did confound them in all their words.
20. And it came to pass that one of them said unto him: What meaneth the words which
are written, and which have been taught by our fathers, saying:
21. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings;
that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth salvation;
that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth;
22. Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing;
for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall bring again Zion;
23. Break forth into joy; sing together ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord
hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem;
24. The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations, and all
the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God?
25. And now Abinadi said unto them: Are you priests, and pretend to teach this people,
and to understand the spirit of prophesying, and yet desire to know of me what these
26. I say unto you, wo be unto you for perverting the ways of the Lord! For if ye
understand these things ye have not taught them; therefore, ye have perverted the
ways of the Lord.
27. Ye have not applied your hearts to understanding; therefore, ye have not been
wise. Therefore, what teach ye this people?
[excerpt from] Question #25: What teach ye this people?
Few members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recognize the name
Harry Hale Russell, even though all of us – and our ancestors – owe him a great debt
of gratitude. He developed and supervised the Temple Index Bureau, which helps Saints
avoid duplication as we perform ordinances for the departed in temples across the
globe. Today, computers and the Internet [Familysearch.org] have streamlined the
work of the Temple Index Bureau, but the original ideas and organization that Brother
Russell developed years ago are still in use.
It is interesting to know that Brother Russell wasn’t always a Church member with
a passion for family history. Harry Russell was born in 1869 in Wyoming, where his
father was a frontier doctor. As Harry grew he was sent to live with relatives in
Iowa and Ohio in order to obtain a proper education and training to become a pharmacist.
In 1881, when he received word of his father’s death, Harry determined to return
to the West and help care for his mother. They settled in Conejos, Colorado, where
Harry established a pharmacy and was one of the most highly educated men in town.
It was there he met and married a member of the Church named Dollie. Together they
were responsible for bringing the telephone and electricity to their small community.
When missionaries traveled through the area, Dollie fed them, but Harry felt sorry
for these “ignorant” men who had been so “deceived” that they actually accepted something
as “fraudulent” as the Book of Mormon. Harry finally determined to read the book
in an effort to disprove it. Instead, his own intellectual honesty forced him to
accept the truth of what he read. Harry finally allowed his children to be baptized,
but he could not join himself because he smoked. This did not stop the local bishop
from extending a calling to him to teach Sunday School.
Harry was thrilled at this opportunity to show off his eastern education and introduce
the members, many of whom were not well educated, to some of the great thinkers,
writers, and philosophers of the world. Abinadi may not have been happy with Harry’s
answer to the question, “What teach ye this people?” Likewise, his bishop told him,
“You must teach only Church doctrine. You must teach from the scriptures. You must
teach the principles and ordinances of the gospel and the life, mission, and Atonement
of the Savior.”
Harry was deflated, but he was obedient. He taught Church doctrine, and as he did
so, he taught not only his students but also himself. On July 7, 1912, Harry was
baptized. He had always been a heavy smoker who rolled his own cigarettes from a
pouch of Bull Durham tobacco. To his wife’s dismay, he smoked right up until midnight
before the day of his baptism. Then he never smoked again. When he was tempted,
he would look at the little sack of tobacco and say, “who is stronger – you or me?”
Harry lived the Word of Wisdom throughout the rest of his life and was undeviating
in his commitment to live all the principles of the gospel.
Such is the power of true doctrine. Harry altered his beliefs, broke a lifelong
habit, and changed his entire life. This transformation was not because of the great
thinkers, writers, and philosophers of the world. He had read and studied their
words from his youth, but they did not motivate significant life changes in Harry.
It was true doctrine – the teachings of Jesus Christ – that led him to God and made
all the difference. . . .
Like Brother Russell, we can teach true doctrine. We can also invite those we teach
to make changes in their lives. Our objective as gospel teachers is not to teach
content alone; it is to help our students change their lives. President Thomas S.
Monson said, “The goal of gospel teaching . . . is not to “pour information” into
the minds of class members. . . . The aim is to inspire the individual to think about,
feel about, and then do something about living gospel principles.”
Preach My Gospel . . . states, “Rarely, if ever, should you talk to people or teach
them without extending an invitation to do something that will strengthen their faith
in Christ. . . . People will not likely change unless they are invited to do so .
. . Extending an invitation without following up is like beginning a journey without
finishing it or buying a ticket to a concert without going into the theater. Without
the completed action, the commitment is hollow.”. . .
Sunday School general president Russell T. Osguthorpe taught, “Learning for conversion
is a continual process of knowing, doing, and becoming. Likewise, teaching for conversion
requires key doctrine, invitations to action, and promised blessings. When we teach
true doctrine, we help the learner to know. When we invite others to action, we
help them to do or live the doctrine. And when the blessings come that the Lord
has promised, we are changed.”
28. And they said: We teach the law of Moses.
29. And again he said unto them: If ye teach the law of Moses why do ye not keep
it? Why do ye set your hearts upon riches? Why do ye commit whoredoms and spend your
strength with harlots, yea, and cause this people to commit sin, that the Lord has
cause to send me to prophesy against this people, yea, even a great evil against
30. Know ye not that I speak the truth? Yea, ye know that I speak the truth; and
you ought to tremble before God.
31. And it shall come to pass that ye shall be smitten for your iniquities, for ye
have said that ye teach the law of Moses. And what know ye concerning the law of
Moses? Doth salvation come by the law of Moses? What say ye?
32. And they answered and said that salvation did come by the law of Moses.
33. But now Abinadi said unto them: I know if ye keep the commandments of God ye
shall be saved; yea, if ye keep the commandments which the Lord delivered unto Moses
in the mount of Sinai, saying:
Claim Two: The Book of Mormon was written on gold plates in Reformed Egyptian by
a succession of historians.
Writing on gold plates was one of the first Book of Mormon facts that received great
ridicule, so Elder Widstoe documents a number of mentions of records kept on metal
plates throughout the world, the weight of the plates, the capacity of the plates,
and the original language of the Book of Mormon. He points out differences in the
writings of the various recorders.
He speaks of the English in which the book was translated, citing several instances
of Hebraisms, such as “Mount of Sinai,” a phrase not found in the King James Bible.
(Many more Hebraisms have been noted in the intervening years). He has an extensive
list of vocabulary and ideas common to frontier America that would have no place
in a book of an ancient Hebrew civilization, and these are, in fact, totally lacking
in the Book of Mormon.
The author lists the terminations of Nephite names, then for every termination except
2, he lists Bible names with those same terminations. Finally he writes of two examples
where Nephi’s brass plates version of Isaiah is more accurate and more clear, and
other supporting documents have been found which validate the brass plates reading
over the Authorized Version (AV = King James Bible).
34. I am the Lord thy God, who hath brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of
the house of bondage.
35. Thou shalt have no other God before me.
36. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing
in heaven above, or things which are in the earth beneath.
37. Now Abinadi said unto them, Have ye done all this? I say unto you, Nay, ye have
not. And have ye taught this people that they should do all these things? I say unto
you, Nay, ye have not.
1. And now when the king had heard these words, he said unto his priests: Away with
this fellow, and slay him; for what have we to do with him, for he is mad.
2. And they stood forth and attempted to lay their hands on him; but he withstood
them, and said unto them:
3. Touch me not, for God shall smite you if ye lay your hands upon me, for I have
not delivered the message which the Lord sent me to deliver; neither have I told
you that which ye requested that I should tell; therefore, God will not suffer that
I shall be destroyed at this time.
4. But I must fulfil the commandments wherewith God has commanded me; and because
I have told you the truth ye are angry with me. And again, because I have spoken
the word of God ye have judged me that I am mad.
5. Now it came to pass after Abinadi had spoken these words that the people of king
Noah durst not lay their hands on him, for the Spirit of the Lord was upon him; and
his face shone with exceeding luster, even as Moses' did while in the mount of Sinai,
while speaking with the Lord.
6. And he spake with power and authority from God; and he continued his words, saying:
7. Ye see that ye have not power to slay me, therefore I finish my message. Yea,
and I perceive that it cuts you to your hearts because I tell you the truth concerning
8. Yea, and my words fill you with wonder and amazement, and with anger.
9. But I finish my message; and then it matters not whither I go, if it so be that
I am saved.
10. But this much I tell you, what you do with me, after this, shall be as a type
and a shadow of things which are to come.
11. And now I read unto you the remainder of the commandments of God, for I perceive
that they are not written in your hearts; I perceive that ye have studied and taught
iniquity the most part of your lives.
12. And now, ye remember that I said unto you: Thou shall not make unto thee any
graven image, or any likeness of things which are in heaven above, or which are in
the earth beneath, or which are in the water under the earth.
13. And again: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; for I the
Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children,
unto the third and fourth generations of them that hate me;
14. And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
15. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not
hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
16. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
17. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work;
18. But the seventh day, the sabbath of the Lord thy God, thou shalt not do any work,
thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy
cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates;
19. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all that in
them is; wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
20. Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which
the Lord thy God giveth thee.
21. Thou shalt not kill.
22. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal.
23. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
24. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's
wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything
that is thy neighbor's.
25. And it came to pass that after Abinadi had made an end of these sayings that
he said unto them: Have ye taught this people that they should observe to do all
these things for to keep these commandments?
26. I say unto you, Nay; for if ye had, the Lord would not have caused me to come
forth and to prophesy evil concerning this people.
27. And now ye have said that salvation cometh by the law of Moses. I say unto you
that it is expedient that ye should keep the law of Moses as yet; but I say unto
you, that the time shall come when it shall no more be expedient to keep the law
28. And moreover, I say unto you, that salvation doth not come by the law alone;
and were it not for the atonement, which God himself shall make for the sins and
iniquities of his people, that they must unavoidably perish, notwithstanding the
law of Moses.
29. And now I say unto you that it was expedient that there should be a law given
to the children of Israel, yea, even a very strict law; for they were a stiffnecked
people, quick to do iniquity, and slow to remember the Lord their God;
30. Therefore there was a law given them, yea, a law of performances and of ordinances,
a law which they were to observe strictly from day to day, to keep them in remembrance
of God and their duty towards him.
31. But behold, I say unto you, that all these things were types of things to come.
32. And now, did they understand the law? I say unto you, Nay, they did not all understand
the law; and this because of the hardness of their hearts; for they understood not
that there could not any man be saved except it were through the redemption of God.
33. For behold, did not Moses prophesy unto them concerning the coming of the Messiah,
and that God should redeem his people? Yea, and even all the prophets who have prophesied
ever since the world began -- have they not spoken more or less concerning these
34. Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men,
and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of
35. Yea, and have they not said also that he should bring to pass the resurrection
of the dead, and that he, himself, should be oppressed and afflicted?
1. Yea, even doth not Isaiah say: Who hath believed our report, and to whom is the
arm of the Lord revealed?
2. For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground;
he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him there is no beauty that
we should desire him.
3. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4. Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem him
stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities;
the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
6. All we, like sheep, have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquities of us all.
7. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he is brought
as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb so he opened
not his mouth.
8. He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare his generation?
For he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people
was he stricken.
9. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because
he had done no evil, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
10. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief; when thou shalt
make his soul an offering for sin he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days,
and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
11. He shall see the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied; by his knowledge
shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
12. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the
spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death; and he was
numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sins of many, and made intercession
for the transgressors.
1. And now Abinadi said unto them: I would that ye should understand that God himself
shall come down among the children of men, and shall redeem his people.
2. And because he dwelleth in flesh he shall be called the Son of God, and having
subjected the flesh to the will of the Father, being the Father and the Son --
3. The Father, because he was conceived by the power of God; and the Son, because
of the flesh; thus becoming the Father and Son --
4. And they are one God, yea, the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.
5. And thus the flesh becoming subject to the Spirit, or the Son to the Father, being
one God, suffereth temptation, and yieldeth not to the temptation, but suffereth
himself to be mocked, and scourged, and cast out, and disowned by his people.
6. And after all this, after working many mighty miracles among the children of men,
he shall be led, yea, even as Isaiah said, as a sheep before the shearer is dumb,
so he opened not his mouth.
7. Yea, even so he shall be led, crucified, and slain, the flesh becoming subject
even unto death, the will of the Son being swallowed up in the will of the Father.
8. And thus God breaketh the bands of death, having gained the victory over death;
giving the Son power to make intercession for the children of men --
9. Having ascended into heaven, having the bowels of mercy; being filled with compassion
towards the children of men; standing betwixt them and justice; having broken the
bands of death, taken upon himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having
redeemed them, and satisfied the demands of justice.
10. And now I say unto you, who shall declare his generation? Behold, I say unto
you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed.
And now what say ye? And who shall be his seed?
11. Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea,
all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord -- I
say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that
the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission
of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are heirs of the
kingdom of God.
12. For these are they whose sins he has borne; these are they for whom he has died,
to redeem them from their transgressions. And now, are they not his seed?
13. Yea, and are not the prophets, every one that has opened his mouth to prophesy,
that has not fallen into transgression, I mean all the holy prophets ever since the
world began? I say unto you that they are his seed.
14. And these are they who have published peace, who have brought good tidings of
good, who have published salvation; and said unto Zion: Thy God reigneth!
15. And O how beautiful upon the mountains were their feet!
16. And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that are still
17. And again, how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those who shall hereafter
publish peace, yea, from this time henceforth and forever!
18. And behold, I say unto you, this is not all. For O how beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that is the founder of peace, yea,
even the Lord, who has redeemed his people; yea, him who has granted salvation unto
19. For were it not for the redemption which he hath made for his people, which was
prepared from the foundation of the world, I say unto you, were it not for this,
all mankind must have perished.
20. But behold, the bands of death shall be broken, and the Son reigneth, and hath
power over the dead; therefore, he bringeth to pass the resurrection of the dead.
21. And there cometh a resurrection, even a first resurrection; yea, even a resurrection
of those that have been, and who are, and who shall be, even until the resurrection
of Christ -- for so shall he be called.
22. And now, the resurrection of all the prophets, and all those that have believed
in their words, or all those that have kept the commandments of God, shall come forth
in the first resurrection; therefore, they are the first resurrection.
23. They are raised to dwell with God who has redeemed them; thus they have eternal
life through Christ, who has broken the bands of death.
24. And these are those who have part in the first resurrection; and these are they
that have died before Christ came, in their ignorance, not having salvation declared
unto them. And thus the Lord bringeth about the restoration of these; and they have
a part in the first resurrection, or have eternal life, being redeemed by the Lord.
25. And little children also have eternal life.
26. But behold, and fear, and tremble before God, for ye ought to tremble; for the
Lord redeemeth none such that rebel against him and die in their sins; yea, even
all those that have perished in their sins ever since the world began, that have
wilfully rebelled against God, that have known the commandments of God, and would
not keep them; these are they that have no part in the first resurrection.
27. Therefore ought ye not to tremble? For salvation cometh to none such; for the
Lord hath redeemed none such; yea, neither can the Lord redeem such; for he cannot
deny himself; for he cannot deny justice when it has its claim.
28. And now I say unto you that the time shall come that the salvation of the Lord
shall be declared to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.
29. Yea, Lord, thy watchmen shall lift up their voice; with the voice together shall
they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.
30. Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for the Lord
hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
31. The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all
the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.