Saturday, April 25, 2015

Random Thoughts on Moroni, the Captain

Just a few thoughts about Moroni, the Captain in Alma.

  • He knew and understood the hearts of his enemies.
  • He anticipated the thoughts and intents of their hearts and minds.
  • He prepared to oppose their evil designs.
  • He went above and beyond in preparing for more than the worst he imagined they could inflict upon him.
  • He trusted not in the arm of the flesh.  
  • He was humble enough to seek council with other inspired men, including other Chief Captains.
  • He spread his resources.
  • He was fearless in speaking truth.
  • He understood balance in all things.
  • He was not ignorant to the temporal needs of his men, women and children.
  • He was not haughty or puffed up, despite leading thousands and thousands of men.  If he was, it was not such that those who compiled records, who were prone to observe pride, took any note of it. 
  • He prepared well in advance, sufficient enough to build walls of dirt, walls of timbers (which surely involved cutting down timbers), walls of spears and watchtowers. 
  • He must have had adequate skill, either in defensive war, or in delegation, to sufficiently support training of men to utilize his defensive barriers.  
Yes, he was mortal, and surely had imperfections.  But "if all men had been... and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.  Behold he was a man like unto Ammon, the son of Mosiah, yea and even the other sons of Mosiah, yea, and also Alma and his sons, for they were all men of God." (Alma 48:17-18)

"Behold, I am Moroni, your chief captain.  I seek not for power, but to pull it down.  I seek not for honor of the world, but for the glory of my God, and the freedom and welfare of my country.  And thus I close mine epistle." – Alma 60:36

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