Abinadi Mosiah 15:8
This is Abinadi, his story from the Book of Mormon got me thinking about his legacy. I don't think it was the flames, thought that's part of the story, I think it was what he taught and how he lived.
He knew that following his convictions could lead to his death. He knew that there were things worse than death, so he lived according to his meaning. Life without meaning is a hell of its own. Each of us needs to find our own meaning and live it. To deny our meaning, our purpose, is to chain ourselves. We are only truly captive when we are the prisoners of our minds.
We picture Abinadi so often as a man in chains, preaching to a circle of men who had already found him guilty of the sin of truth. But Abinadi wasn’t a captive. He was free. He was never more free than when stood tall in his faith, bound to the flame. At the moment of his greatest pain, I’m sure God was there to lift him up. He’s there for all of us, He breaks all bonds, and in Him we are free.