Having Sealed the Truth of His Words – Mosiah 17:20

20 And now, when Abinadi had said these words, he fell, having suffered death by fire; yea, having been put to death because he would not deny the commandments of God, having sealed the truth of his words by his death.

You can tell how much you value something by how much you are willing to pay for it. This seems obvious, but in day-to-day life, we may be able to convince ourselves that we value things more than the price we are actually willing to pay. For example, most people would claim to value exercise, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 20% of adults actually participate at recommended levels. Joseph Smith once dramatically taught this principle, as related by an early member of the Church named Andrew Workman:

I was at Joseph’s house; he was there, and several men were sitting on the fence. Joseph came out and spoke to us all. Pretty soon a man came up and said that a poor brother who lived out some distance from town had had his house burned down the night before. Nearly all of the men said they felt sorry for the man. Joseph put his hand in his pocket, took out five dollars and said, ‘I feel sorry for this brother to the amount of five dollars; how much do you all feel sorry? (Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, Chapter 40: How Glorious Are Faithful, Just, and True Friends)

The Savior paid the ultimate price for our souls, enduring infinite suffering on our behalf. As He taught Joseph Smith, that price is the evidence of how much He values us:

Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God;
For, behold, the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh; wherefore he suffered the pain of all men, that all men might repent and come unto him (D&C 18:10-11).

As Mormon shows us in the passage above, Abinadi considered his message to be so important that he was willing to give his life for it. King Noah told him that he would be executed unless he would retract the statements he had made. Abinadi refused to do so and was burned at the stake. In doing so,  Mormon tells us, Abinadi “sealed the truth of his words.”
Ultimately, the test of our discipleship is the same. In a revelation Joseph Smith received in 1833, the Lord emphasized the importance of being willing to pay any price to demonstrate our commitment to the gospel:

Verily I say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice—yea, every sacrifice which I, the Lord, shall command—they are accepted of me (D&C 97:8).

Today, I will remember that the ultimate test of how much I value something is the price I am willing to pay for it. I will recommit to the things of highest value, and I will dedicate my time, energy, and other resources to the things that matter most.

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