May 16 2010
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Before recounting this story, hold up a marble and tell the group that it represents Abinadi. Ask the group how many people they think were converted through Abinadi's efforts. Write their guesses on the blackboard. Then recount for them Abinadi's short history as recorded in Mosiah 11-17.
In summary, Abinadi, in fervent love and obedience to the Lord, boldly testified against wicked King Noah and his priests. Abinadi was ridiculed, abused, and even eventually condemned to death by fire at their hands, but Abinadi would not withhold his testimony. He died, probably thinking that not one soul had been changed through his efforts. But we all know how a penitent Alma (the Elder) allowed Abinadi's words to penetrate his soul. Alma left these wicked people and converted many.