Bom 19—Mosiah 11-17 60—Battle Hymn of the Republic
The Ten Commandments 1)—12:35 Thou shalt have no other God before me (He’s #1; hold up 1 in the air) 2)—13:12 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,…bow down thyself unto them (index finger bows to other index finger 3)—13:15 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (cover lips w/ three fingers) 4)—13:16 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (create church & steeple w/ index fingers & thumbs) 5)—13:20 Honor thy father & thy mother (salute parents w/ 5) 6)—13:21 Thou shalt not kill (1 shoots 5) 7)—13:22 Thou shalt not commit adultery (cute mom, dad, five kids; fingers can’t separate) 8)—13:22 Thou shalt not steal (four fingers of each hand—thumbs removed—do stealing motion) 9)—13:23 Thou shalt not bear false witness (lie: I’m holding up ten fingers while holding up nine) 10)—13:24 Thou shalt not covet (ten fingers tapping together covetously)
The Ten Commandments—Why? The Ten Commandments are found in: Mosiah 12:35; 13:12, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 Why was reading the Decalogue part of the mission that Abinadi had to accomplish? Mosiah 12:37; 13:11, 25-6
Joy and Happiness The Lord has restored the gospel, which is the true plan of life, salvation, and exaltation. He has given us no law, advice, counsel, or commandment that is not for our blessing and happiness. As an illustration, every one of the Ten Commandments, if lived, will bring joy and satisfaction. This does not mean we will not have problems. The Lord has said that all things work together for the good of him who loves the Lord. Some people take the view that the Ten Commandments are outmoded. It is true that they are not adopted into the lives of some people, but the commandments that were given by Jehovah on Mount Sinai are light, are truth, eternal truth, and failure to observe them brings the opposite of joy and happiness. The same may be said of all truth given us by the Lord. Wickedness never was happiness and never will be. (See Alma 41:10.) It has been said: “It is a statistical fact that the wicked work harder to reach hell than the righteous do to enter heaven” (Joseph Anderson, “The Road to Happiness,” Ensign, May 1975, 29).
Feet When are feet EVER beautiful? That’s kind of what Noah’s priests were asking (Mosiah 12:20-24)
Feet When Abinadi finally gets around to answering their question, he said: (Mosiah 15:13-18) According to verses 13-15, who has beautiful feet? Why were their feet beautiful—had they been at the spa? Name a prophet that you think has beautiful feet (13-15) Name somebody who is “publishing peace, bringing good tidings or publishing salvation” or in other words, somebody that has beautiful feet in your life.(16) Will anybody ever think your feet are beautiful? (17) Who has the most beautiful feet of all? (18)
Feet For forty-five years I have had close association with the land of Brazil. Many tens of thousands have joined the Church in that country. I had great joy yesterday in hearing of the call of Elder Helioda Rocha Camargo, our companion and fellow member of the Church. Brother Camargo and his wife were stalwart, faithful people before they joined the Church. They had been brought up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Brother Camargo was a graduate of the military academy of Brazil. Later, still a young man, he became a Methodist minister. He told me something of his experience with the “gospel net.” One evening two young men called at his home. He said that the first thing he noticed was the huge feet of one of the young men. He looked upward from the feet until he found the face of the tallest North American he had ever met. He was not at first impressed with the beauty of either the feet or the face. However, he invited the young men in, and in the process of their presentation they left him a copy of the Book of Mormon. On a subsequent visit they inquired if he had read the book. He explained that he had read considerable, making notes of the things with which he did not agree. The elder then suggested that it was not in keeping with a book of scripture to read it to see what was wrong with it, but that it should be read as Moroni says, “with a sincere heart” and “real intent,” having “faith in Christ” and desiring to know the truth of the book. (See Moro. 10:4.) Brother Camargo said he found it necessary to read the book again. In the process the Spirit witnessed to him that it was the true word of God, and he joined the Church with his family. He sometimes refers to the scripture in Isa. 52:7 which says, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet [those huge missionary feet] of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; … that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!” The truth he has found has brought similar beauty to the feet of three of his sons as they have served as missionaries. All of his children were married in the temple covenant, and he and his wife have great joy and rejoicing in their posterity. One of his sons is present at this conference today as a stake president. (Wm. Grant Bangerter, “The Spirit of the Gathering,” Ensign, May 1985, 62).
Christ: The Father and the Son On 30June 1916 the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles set forth a detailed statement on the Father and the Son. In this exposition Christ, the literal son of God the Eternal Father, is represented as the Father in three ways: He is the Father as Creator. Christ is referred to in many scriptural passages as “the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth” (see Mosiah 15:4 , 16:15 , Alma 11:38–39 , Ether 4:7 ). He is the Father of all who accept his atoning sacrifice and covenant with him to obey his everlasting gospel. There are numerous scriptural passages that express this relationship (see Mosiah 5:7 , 15:10–13 , Ether 3:14 , D&C 25:1 , 34:1–3 , 39:1–4 ). He is the Father by divine investiture of authority. This means that the Savior is the fully authorized and commissioned representative of his Father, and as such can speak and act for the Father. The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve explained divine investiture of authority as follows: “In all His dealings with the human family Jesus the Son has represented and yet represents Elohim His Father in power and authority. This is true of Christ in His preexistent, antemortal, or unembodied state, in the which He was known as Jehovah; also during His embodiment in the flesh; and during His labors as a disembodied spirit in the realm of the dead. ... Thus the Father placed His name upon the Son; and Jesus Christ spoke and ministered in and through the Father’s name; and so far as power, authority, and Godship are concerned His words and acts were and are those of the Father” (in JamesE. Talmage, The Articles of Faith, p.471; the entire statement, “The Father and the Son: A Doctrinal Exposition by the First Presidency and the Twelve,” is found on pages466–73 of The Articles of Faith ).
Abinadi Preaches Christ Mosiah 14 is Abinadi quoting Isaiah’s famous Messianic Prophecy. Read it, looking for a line or verse about the Savior that is particularly powerful to you; be prepared to share your testimony of the Savior & what He has done for you.
A Type of Christ What do you see in the Friberg painting of Abinadi? Abinadi’s most powerful testimony of Christ was given in having a Christ-like life—being a type of Christ. With a buddy, recall from your reading a list of parallels that you see between Abinadi and the Savior, Jesus Christ
Abinadi: A Type of Christ Abinadi Jesus Christ Similarities Mosiah 11:20–25 ; 12:9Matthew 4:17 ; Luke 4:28 Both called the people to repentance. In both cases, the people became angry at their preaching. Mosiah 11:26 Luke 4:29–30 The people they taught tried to kill them, but they were delivered out of their hands. Mosiah 12:9 John 18:12 ; Luke 23:7 Both were bound and taken to the king. Mosiah 12:17–18 Matthew 26:57Abinadi was judged by a council of priests. Jesus was judged by a council of chief priests, scribes, and elders. Mosiah 12:19 Mk 14:55–59 ; Lk 20:19–20 The priests tried to catch them in their words. Mosiah 12:26 Matthew 23:13–26 Both rebuked the religious leaders. Mosiah 13:1 John 10:20 King Noah said Abinadi was crazy. Many of the people said Jesus was crazy. Mosiah 14 ; 17:1 Luke 4:16–21, 28–30 Abinadi quoted from Isaiah’s prophecies of the Savior, and then Noah had him killed. Jesus quoted from Isaiah’s prophecies of the Savior, and then the people of Nazareth tried to kill Him. Mosiah 17:5–6 Acts 10:40 ; 1Peter 3:18–19 Abinadi spent three days in prison. Jesus spent three days in the tomb, during which He preached to the spirits in prison. Mosiah 17:7–8 Matthew 26:63–66 Both taught that Christ was God. Mosiah 17:9 John 18:1–8 Both allowed themselves to be arrested. Mosiah 17:9–10 John 10:17–18 Both willingly suffered death. Mosiah 17:10 Matthew 27:22–24 Both were innocent of wrongdoing. Mosiah 17:11 Matthew 27:15–18 In both cases the political leader was willing to release them. Mosiah 17:12 Luke 23:2 Both were accused of treason. Mosiah 17:13 John 19:1 Both were scourged. Mosiah 17:19 Luke 23:46 Both died while praying for the reception of their soul. Mosiah 17:20 John 19:30 ; Heb 9:15–16 Both sealed their testimony with their blood.