Abish Took the Queen by the Hand

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

As by an inspiration, Abish, the Christian Lamanitish woman, reached over the queen and took her by the hand, thinking perhaps that by so doing she might raise the sufferer up. The queen immediately rose to her feet.

Being filled with the heavenly joy that comes to one who has partaken of God's glory, the queen shouted praises to His Holy Name, at the same time bearing witness of Christ and of Salvation. She also implored God, whose blessings she so abundantly had received, to "have mercy on this people." The gifts of the Spirit, promised to the true believers in Christ, were not lacking when this marvelous outpouring of God's Spirit was manifested. The queen spoke many things that could not be understood by those around her; in the joy of the knowledge she had received, Abish "took the king, Lamoni, by the hand, and behold he arose and stood upon his feet."

When the king arose to his feet he beheld the contention that divided his people into different groups. He went among them and rebuked them for their folly, and furthermore taught them those things of which he had heard Ammon speak. There were many who believed what he said, and took upon themselves the Name of Christ, being converted unto the Lord.

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3