Chapter 14

Abinadi and King Noah

“Chapter 14: Abinadi and King Noah,” Book of Mormon Stories (1997), 38–42


Zeniff was a righteous king of a group of Nephites. When he grew old, his son Noah became king.


Noah was not a good king like his father. He was wicked and would not obey God’s commandments.

people giving possesions King Noah

He forced his people to give him part of their grain, animals, gold, and silver.

Noah sitting at dinner table

King Noah did this because he was lazy. He made the Nephites give him everything he needed to live.

good and wicked priests

He replaced the good priests his father had called with wicked priests. These wicked priests taught the people to sin.

palace throne and guards

King Noah had many beautiful buildings made, including a large palace with a throne. The buildings were decorated with gold, silver, and expensive wood.


King Noah loved the riches he took from his people. He and his priests spent their time drinking wine and being wicked.

Abinadi preaching repentence

God sent a prophet named Abinadi to Noah’s people. Abinadi warned them that if they did not repent, they would become the Lamanites’ slaves.

Noah sitting at table

When King Noah heard what Abinadi had said, he was angry. He sent men to bring Abinadi to the palace so he could kill him.

Abinadi talking to king

Abinadi was taken to the king. King Noah and his priests asked him many questions. They tried to trick him into saying something wrong.

Abinadi talking to king

Abinadi was not afraid to answer their questions. He knew that God would help him. The priests were amazed at Abinadi’s answers.

King Noah angry

King Noah was angry and ordered his priests to kill Abinadi. Abinadi said if they touched him, God would kill them.

Holy Ghost protecting Abinadi

The Holy Ghost protected Abinadi so he could finish saying what the Lord wanted him to. Abinadi’s face was shining. The priests were afraid to touch him.

Abinadi speaking

Speaking with power from God, Abinadi told the people about their wickedness. He read God’s commandments to them.

Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

He told them Jesus Christ would be born on the earth. Jesus would make it possible for people to repent, be resurrected, and live with God.

Jesus Christ

Abinadi told the people to repent and believe in Jesus Christ or they would not be saved.

Abinadi being taken prisoner

King Noah and all but one of his priests refused to believe Abinadi. Noah told the priests to kill Abinadi. They tied him up and threw him in prison.

Alma talking to King Noah

The one priest who believed Abinadi was named Alma. He asked King Noah to let Abinadi go.

Alma hiding

The king was angry with Alma and had him thrown out. Then he sent his servants to kill him. Alma ran and hid, and the servants never found him.

Abinadi before Noah

After spending three days in prison, Abinadi was again brought before King Noah. The king told Abinadi to take back what he had said against him and his people.

King Noah angry

King Noah told Abinadi that if he did not deny all he had said, he would be killed.

Abinadi talking

Abinadi knew he had spoken the truth. He was willing to die rather than take back what God had sent him to say.

Abinadi being burned

King Noah ordered his priests to kill Abinadi. They tied him up, whipped him, and burned him to death. Before he died, Abinadi said King Noah would also die by fire.

Lamanites fighting Noah’s people

Some of the Nephites opposed King Noah and tried to kill him. The Lamanite army also came to fight the king and his followers.

King and followers running away

The king and his followers ran from the Lamanites, but the Lamanites caught up and began killing them. The king told his men to leave their families and keep running.

Lamanites capturing people

Many of the men would not leave. They were captured by the Lamanites.

men angry with Noah

Most of the men who had run away with King Noah were sorry. They wanted to go back and help their wives and children and their people.

Noah with other men

King Noah did not want the men to return to their families. He ordered them to stay with him.

men burning King Noah

The men were angry with King Noah. They burned him to death, as Abinadi had prophesied. Then they went back to their families.