Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book of Mormon Summer- Mosiah 1-18

        There are stories in the Book of Mormon that have strong images. I can visualize them and it is such a joy to try to capture them on paper. Even though they seem cartoonish I am strengthened by the process of drawing.
     One of those stories is the gathering of King Benjamin's people. Truly their desires changed history as they made covenants talked about for years after.

    Mosiah 2:5 "And it came to pass that when they came up to the temple, they pitched their tents round about, every man according to his family, consisting of his wife, and his sons, and his daughters, and their sons, and their daughters, from the eldest down to the youngest, every family being separate one from another.
6 And they pitched their tents round about the temple, every man having his tent with the door thereof towards the temple, that thereby they might remain in their tents and hear the words which king Benjamin should speak unto them;"
   Meanwhile, back in the Land of Lehi-Nephi, another great story unfolds with King Noah reigning in unrighteousness. As tragic as the account of Abinadi is, the miracle of a listening Alma is unsurpassed in miracles.

    Mosiah 17:2 "But there was one among them whose name was Alma, he also being a descendant of Nephi. And he was a young man, and he believed the words which Abinadi had spoken, for he knew concerning the iniquity which Abinadi had testified against them; therefore he began to plead with the king that he would not be angry with Abinadi, but suffer that he might depart in peace."
    This misguided Alma makes such an amazing turn-around and I love visualizing the Waters of Mormon where his followers receive their covenants and continue their spiritual journey.

    Mosiah 18:16 "And after this manner he did baptize every one that went forth to the place of Mormon; and they were in number about two hundred and four souls; yea, and they were baptized in the waters of Mormon, and were filled with the grace of God. And they were called the church of God, or the church of Christ, from that time forward. And it came to pass that whosoever was baptized by the power and authority of God was added to his church."
   What a book! Read it again and again. It never gets old, to me.
Here are 8X5 versions of my illustrations to copy.
Heres are more thoughts on this block of scripture.

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