Abinadi tells the story of a well-known prophet from the Book of Mormon who
gave his life in order to preach the word of God. An inspiring story of faith and
perseverance, the themes of Abinadi's life lend themselves beautifully to music.
Abinadi opens with Zeniff, the local king, giving his kingdom to Noah (I Give
You My Kingdom). This song assumes that Zeniff didn’t foresee the wickedness
that Noah would one day wallow in. Instead, it portrays Zeniff’s trusts in Noah,
followed by Zeniff’s death and Noah’s subsequent corruption.
The story then jumps ahead two years, during which time Abinadi visited the
people of Noah. The people received him and his message frostily, and he was
kicked out of the city. Now, the Lord has called him to go back and preach to
the people of Noah. A bit apprehensive, Abinadi does not want to go first, but
he soon comes to understand that he has truly been called of God. As a
servant of the Lord, he realizes that all people need to feel the healing power of
the Spirit (Let It Rain).
Back in the throne room, King Noah’s priests are discussing the return of
Abinadi (The Man Is Back). Alma, one of the priests, enters the scene already
touched by some of Abinadi’s teachings. In order to snare the prophet into a
trap, King Noah decides to question Abinadi. However, as he enters the lair of
the wicke3d king, Abinadi refuses to play King Noah’s game; instead, he
denounces the sins of the court (Abinadi’s Entrance). Having heard enough, the
priests encourage King Noah to cast Abinadi into prison, which the King tries to
do (The Man Is Mad). But Abinadi is not finished delivering his holy message,
and is still encircled by divine protection. He tells the guards to keep their
distance (Touch Me Not!). They do, and he proceeds to preach to them (Doth
Not Even Isaiah Say?). When he is done, however, King Noah is not impressed,
and sends Abinadi to prison (Abinadi’s Exit).
During this entire episode, Alma has been listening intently to the words of
Abinadi, and to his amazement, he finds himself believing the prophet’s words (If
I Believe). He is eventually converted to the teachings of Abinadi and later tries
to defend him in the face of King Noah and his priests. In prison, Abinadi
laments the loss of King Noah’s people through the decision that they’ve made.
In words that the prophet Mormon will later use, he grieves for a fallen people
(O, Ye Fair Ones).
Abinadi is brought out of prison to be accused of sins he did not commit. He
prophesies boldly to fully condemn King Noah in his wicked deeds. Touched
and momentarily humbled, King Noah almost lets Abinadi walk away a free man.
But the pressure from his priests is too great, and the King orders that Abinadi
be burned at the stake (The Man Is Mad-extended). Abinadi is murdered as a
martyr to the faith (To Suffer Death By Fire).
Abinadi died without knowing that Alma had been converted. However, Alma
continued Abinadi’s missionary labors and brought many into the safe fold of
God (Let It Rain-epilogue).
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