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A Library Tour through Mosiah 16-17
1. And now, it came to pass that after Abinadi had spoken these words he stretched
forth his hand and said: The time shall come when all shall see the salvation of
the Lord; when every nation, kindred, tongue, and people shall see eye to eye and
shall confess before God that his judgments are just.
2. And then shall the wicked be cast out, and they shall have cause to howl, and
weep, and wail, and gnash their teeth; and this because they would not hearken unto
the voice of the Lord; therefore the Lord redeemeth them not.
3. For they are carnal and devilish, and the devil has power over them; yea, even
that old serpent that did beguile our first parents, which was the cause of their
fall; which was the cause of all mankind becoming carnal, sensual, devilish, knowing
evil from good, subjecting themselves to the devil.
4. Thus all mankind were lost; and behold, they would have been endlessly lost were
it not that God redeemed his people from their lost and fallen state.
5. But remember that he that persists in his own carnal nature, and goes on in the
ways of sin and rebellion against God, remaineth in his fallen state and the devil
hath all power over him. Therefore, he is as though there was no redemption made,
being an enemy to God; and also is the devil an enemy to God.
6. And now if Christ had not come into the world, speaking of things to come as though
they had already come, there could have been no redemption.
7. And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that
the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could
have been no resurrection.
8. But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting
of death is swallowed up in Christ.
9. He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that
can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no
10. Even this mortal shall put on immortality, and this corruption shall put on incorruption,
and shall be brought to stand before the bar of God, to be judged of him according
to their works whether they be good or whether they be evil --
11. If they be good, to the resurrection of endless life and happiness; and if they
be evil, to the resurrection of endless damnation, being delivered up to the devil,
who hath subjected them, which is damnation --
12. Having gone according to their own carnal wills and desires; having never called
upon the Lord while the arms of mercy were extended towards them; for the arms of
mercy were extended towards them, and they would not; they being warned of their
iniquities and yet they would not depart from them; and they were commanded to repent
and yet they would not repent.
13. And now, ought ye not to tremble and repent of your sins, and remember that only
in and through Christ ye can be saved?
14. Therefore, if ye teach the law of Moses, also teach that it is a shadow of those
things which are to come --
15. Teach them that redemption cometh through Christ the Lord, who is the very Eternal
1. And now it came to pass that when Abinadi had finished these sayings, that the
king commanded that the priests should take him and cause that he should be put to
2. But there was one among them whose name was Alma, he also being a descendant of
Nephi. And he was a young man, and he believed the words which Abinadi had spoken,
for he knew concerning the iniquity which Abinadi has testified against them; therefore
he began to plead with the king that he would not be angry with Abinadi, but suffer
that he might depart in peace.
3. But the king was more wroth, and caused that Alma should be cast out from among
them, and sent his servants after him that they might slay him.
4. But he fled from before them and hid himself that they found him not. And he being
concealed for many days did write all the words which Abinadi had spoken.
5. And it came to pass that the king caused that his guards should surround Abinadi
and take him; and they bound him and cast him into prison.
6. And after three days, having counseled with his priests, he caused that he should
again be brought before him.
7. And he said unto him: Abinadi, we have found an accusation against thee, and thou
art worthy of death.
8. For thou hast said that God himself should come down among the children of men;
and now, for this cause thou shalt be put to death unless thou wilt recall all the
words which thou hast spoken evil concerning me and my people.
9. Now Abinadi said unto him: I say unto you, I will not recall the words which I
have spoken unto you concerning this people, for they are true; and that ye may know
of their surety I have suffered myself that I have fallen into your hands.
10. Yea, and I will suffer even until death, and I will not recall my words, and
they shall stand as a testimony against you.
And if ye slay me ye will shed innocent blood, and this shall also stand as a testimony
against you at the last day.
The Book of Mormon Miracle: 25 Reasons to Believe, by Randal A. Wright.
Chapter 26 – Both Good and Evil
As he ends his book, Dr. Wright presents powerful and compelling arguments for the
truth of Joseph Smith’s testimony, which he sealed with his blood. Dr. Wright compares
him with William Tyndale, who also died a martyr, and who, like few others in history,
were both good and evil spoken of, and in the end of course vindicated for his valiance
in the witness and work of Christ.
“What could possibly be the motive for Joseph Smith to voluntarily go like a lamb
to the slaughter? If his motive were to get rich from the Book of Mormon, surely
he would have realized after fourteen years in print that it didn’t work. If he
were seeking fame, how would going to be murdered in cold blood help that goal? .
. . If he made the whole thing up for money, fame, power, or whatever other reason,
why would he continue the lie when everyone he loved suffered so much because of
it? Not only did his family suffer, but also his close personal friends and thousands
of believers who had joined the Church. What could possibly be his motive for doing
so? There’s really only one answer: because it was true.
“What Joseph accomplished in just a few short years is perhaps unequalled in history,
and yet his critics act as if there were nothing extraordinary about it. Of course,
accomplishing great things does not make someone a prophet. Fortunately, the Lord
allowed tangible evidence to be left behind to prove that Joseph was a good man and
a prophet of God. The Book of Mormon is that proof. It is true.”
11. And now king Noah was about to release him, for he feared his word; for he feared
that the judgments of God would come upon him.
12. But the priests lifted up their voices against him, and began to accuse him,
saying: He has reviled the king. Therefore the king was stirred up in anger against
him, and he delivered him up that he might be slain.
13. And it came to pass that they took him and bound him, and scourged his skin with
faggots, yea, even unto death.
14. And now when the flames began to scorch him, he cried unto them, saying:
15. Behold, even as ye have done unto me, so shall it come to pass that thy seed
shall cause that many shall suffer the pains that I do suffer, even the pains of
death by fire; and this because they believe in the salvation of the Lord their God.
16. And it will come to pass that ye shall be afflicted with all manner of diseases
because of your iniquities.
17. Yea, and ye shall be smitten on every hand, and shall be driven and scattered
to and fro, even as a wild flock is driven by wild and ferocious beasts.
18. And in that day ye shall be hunted, and ye shall be taken by the hand of your
enemies, and then ye shall suffer, as I suffer, the pains of death by fire.
19. Thus God executeth vengeance upon those that destroy his people. O God, receive
20. And now, when Abinadi had said these words, he fell, having suffered death by
fire; yea, having been put to death because he would not deny the commandments of
God, having sealed the truth of his words by his death.