Today’s studies

March 18th, 2008

I’ve skipped ahead in my Book of Mormon prophet character studies to Abinadi, who I always think of as “my” prophet – maybe because the first talk I ever remember giving in Primary was about him. My mom told me about Abinadi, helped me write my talk (or, more likely, wrote it for me, since I don’t think I could write yet), and stood next to me while I read it in case I needed help. (I remember stopping a couple of times and asking her “What’s that word?” as I read, even though I knew what the word was – the other kids all did that, and I wanted to be like them. What a conformist I was!)

Apart from the childhood memory warm fuzzies, I like Abinadi because he’s kind of funny – he hides out for two years, then comes back in disguise, and then the first thing he does is… identify himself. Kind of defeats the purpose of the disguise, one would think. I really wonder why he did that, and what details are missing and/or what cultural knowledge is assumed (and thus not explicitly stated) that would make his actions more understandable to a 21st-century American reader. Someday I’ll have to ask him.

One Response to “Today’s studies”

  1. Amy on March 19, 2008 3:42 pm

    I’ll admit, I often look for humor in the Book of Mormon and this is one of my favorite laughs. Good point, Sylvia…it’s probably missing some details that might explain the behavior; missing-details or not, though, it always gives me a good chuckle.

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