The Prophet's Wife
20 years later
King Mosiah listened with interest to the history given by the vibrant man standing before him. The man's name was Alma, and he was leader of a group of people who had just arrived in Zarahemla, seeking refuge from their enemies, the Lamanites. But Alma was more than just a political leader; he was a Prophet of the true and living God. King Mosiah was pleased to see that Alma taught from the holy writings, and he was intrigued that Alma had additional writings he said were from another prophet of the Lord that had been called to teach his people.
Mosiah listened intently as Alma described the state of his people before the coming of the prophet, how they had turned away from the Lord and had walked after their own ways. He spoke of a wicked King Noah, who led the people in evil practices and sin.
"I was a priest of King Noah," Alma said sadly. "And I would have forever perished in darkness if it were not for a young prophet named Abinadi, who was brought in chains before the court of King Noah. He stood, as if in a den of lions, and boldly taught the pure gospel of Jesus Christ and commanded the king to repent. The power of the Lord was so much with him, that light shown all around him, and no man could lay his hand on him until he finished his message. My heart burned with his words; I knew that he spoke the truth."
"What happened to this prophet?" Mosiah asked.
"King Noah ordered that he should be put to death," Alma said regretfully. "When I tried to save Abinadi's life, I was expelled by the king, who sent his men to kill me, too.
"I hid from the king's armies and wrote down all the words of Abinadi. From that record I began secretly teaching the people. I have used his words to teach the people all these years. It was because of Abinadi, King Mosiah, that our people were turned back to the true God, and saved, not because of me."
King Mosiah was thoughtful. "This prophet was killed, you say? Then how can I learn more about this man, Abinadi?"
Alma answered, "Abinadi left behind a wife and a son, whom I was fortunate to meet soon after I began teaching the people in Mormon. I have brought them with me today, anticipating that you would want to meet them."
Mosiah nodded and a guard went to open the back doors of the chamber. A woman walked in, with long hair streaked with grey and soft features. She held herself confidently, and when she approached the king, Mosiah noticed a glow of wisdom about her face. At her side stood a young man, with bright intelligent eyes.
"I am Abinadi, son of Abinadi," the young man said, bowing before the king. "And this is my mother, Zarah."
"Welcome Zarah and Abinadi," Mosiah said. "I am sorry for your loss."
Zarah nodded her head in acknowledgment.
The king continued, "It is clear that your husband's brave testimony against King Noah, and the resulting conversion of Alma, saved the souls of hundreds of your people. Because of his sacrifice you and your son will always hold a place of honor in my kingdom."
"Thank you," Zarah said humbly.
"What's more, I will cause the prophesies of your husband to be written on our holy plates, and published abroad among all my people, that they too, may be strengthened by his testimony of the Messiah. A testimony made all the stronger because it is sealed it with his own blood."
"It would have pleased my husband very much, to know his words will continue to soften the hearts of men," Zarah said graciously.
"Would you be willing to tell us more about him?" Mosiah inquired. "What kind of man he was and how he got his calling from the Lord?"
Zarah stood before the King and his court, with all their grandeur and majesty, and yet all this drifted away as she began to think of her beloved Abinadi.
"I first saw him on the temple steps," she began. "He was testifying of the coming of the Messiah…"
Author's note: It has always bothered me that every drawing I've ever seen of Abinadi depict him as an old man when there is no mention at all of his age in the Book of Mormon. I think he is drawn as an old man to make his martyrdom easier for us, less tragic some how. But doesn't this also diminish the sacrifice that he and his family made to keep God's commandments? Wasn't it more likely that Abinadi was a man in his prime with a wife, children and family? Doesn't this make the fact that he was willing to walk into King Noah's court, knowing full well that he may well be killed, that much more of an amazing faith filled sacrifice?
There are so many untold stories in the Book of Mormon. Almost all the stories of the women and wives go untold. This has been my attempt to tell the story as it may have been experience through the eyes of the wife of a prophet.
This is a work of fiction. Thank you for reading.