28 And thus the contention began to be exceedingly sharp among them. And while they were thus contending, the woman servant who had caused the multitude to be gathered together came, and when she saw the contention which was among the multitude she was exceedingly sorrowful, even unto tears.
29 And it came to pass that she went and took the queen by the hand, that perhaps she might raise her from the ground; and as soon as she touched her hand she arose and stood upon her feet, and cried with a loud voice, saying: O blessed Jesus, who has saved me from an awful hell! O blessed God, have mercy on this people!
Abish was a Lamanite woman who had been “converted to the Lord…on account of a remarkable vision of her father.” When a Nephite missionary preached the gospel to her king and queen, they were overpowered by the Spirit of the Lord and fell unconscious to the floor, together with their servants and Ammon himself. The only one in the room still standing was Abish. She recognized the significance of the event and ran to tell her neighbors to come and see.
Unfortunately, the neighbors didn’t understand the meaning of what they saw, and many of them thought it was not a good thing. When Abish returned, she found the people arguing and speaking negatively about the situation–not at all what she had hoped from this missionary opportunity. But rather than succumb to discouragement and rather than give up on her neighbors, Abish reached out her hand in faith to the queen and restored her to consciousness.
Like Abish, I would like to see the good in others and lead them to experiences which can help them to be converted to the Lord. If they don’t immediately grasp the importance of what they see, I will keep trying. Today, I will follow Abish’s example by extending a missionary invitation, believing in the potential of that person to recognize and embrace the truth.