As you study Mosiah 12–17, look for Abinadi’s principal message to King Noah and his priests. Ask yourself why Abinadi was willing to die in order to deliver this message.
After Abinadi withstood the priests’ attempts to “cross him,” one of the priests asked him a question about a scripture passage (Mosiah 12:19–24; see also Isaiah 52:7–10). Why were the priests unable to understand this scripture passage? (See Mosiah 12:25–27.) What does it mean to apply our hearts to understanding?
What does it mean to have the commandments “written in [our] hearts”? (Mosiah 13:11). How might having the commandments written in your heart affect your efforts to obey them?
What are some things you learn about the Savior from the prophecy quoted in Mosiah 14?
At the end of his discourse, what did Abinadi exhort Noah and the priests to do? (See Mosiah 16:13–15.) How can you apply this counsel in your life?
Although you will likely not need to die for your faith, in what ways can you follow Abinadi’s example?
Suggestion for Family Discussion
As a family, make a list of people who, like Abinadi, have delivered the message of Jesus Christ’s Atonement despite being in great danger (see, for example, Acts 4:1–12; 1 Nephi 1:18–20; Mosiah 18:1–2; Helaman 13:1–7). If you know of family members who have done missionary work under difficult circumstances, talk about their experiences. Encourage family members to record these experiences in their journals.
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