“She Knew That It Was the Power of God”

Brant Gardner

Abish had no hesitation or confusion about what had happened. Not only was the Spirit providing her with inspiration, but she had been among those attending Lamoni when he revived. She could immediately and confidently interpret this experience.

Redaction: Another personal detail is that Abish had kept her conversion secret until this time, suggesting that she knew that her vision corroborated the Nephite religion, not the Lamanite, and that announcing the fact in contradiction to the official court religion would have been difficult and possibly dangerous. This detail confirms the probability of a much longer story about Abish on Mormon’s source record.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4