Study Question: How can we access the healing and redeeming power of the atonement in our own lives?
Summary: Abinadi preaches to King Noah. Christ suffered for our pains, sorrows, and iniquities. Those who look to Him for a remission of their sins will be heirs of the Kingdom of God. If we persist in our carnal nature, it is as if no redemption were made. One of the priests—Alma—believes Abinadi’s words. Abinadi is put to death by fire.
Scripture: Mosiah 16:9 “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 more death”
There has been something significant in the timing of our challenge. Right now in London, the city is blinking on festive lights that adorn every street in recognition of Christmas. Yes, the shopping is excellent this time of year- and people from all over Europe (and further fields) are visiting with family, purchasing presents and piling onto tubes on their way to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. It really is the most wonderful time of the year! Meanwhile our Relief Society girls are balancing our Book of Mormon challenge with the #LIGHTtheWORLD challenge, which calls for us all to serve one another and the greater mankind this month. In the midst of it all, I was touched by Abinadi’s foretelling of the coming of the Saviour into the world. It seemed to fit perfectly into my evening commute.
Of the birth of the Lord, he reminds King Noah and his wicked priests,
Mosiah 13:33 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 things?
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 the earth?
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?
And of the Saviour’s life, Abinadi prophesies:
Mosiah 14:2 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.
Most sweet of all, Abinadi prophesies of us- of our little Relief Society group in London, of our seemingly insignificant contributions in social media, or in the interactions we make with friends as strangers as we try to #lighttheworld ,
Mosiah 15: 16 … how beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that are still publishing peace!