I am currently reading in Alma 51.
Hey guys! How are you? I've learned a lot of lessons from Captain Moroni this week. I can't wait to show you.
I've compiled a list of attributes and lessons I've learned from Moroni. In addition to my personal studies I have also used a talk called "Captain Moroni's Wartime Strategies: An Application for the Spiritual Battles of Our Day" by Richard McClendon. (This talk is absolutely amazing please go read it!) I love the war chapters in the Book of Mormon because of the great spiritual lessons we can learn and apply in our life.
- Moroni was a very humble man and attributed his victories to God's great power and the faithful people. (Alma 44:3-5)
- Moroni protected not only himself but his people by putting on armor. We can similarly do the same by putting on the armor of God everyday. (Alma 43:19)
- Moroni was constantly preparing the Nephites for the Lamanites. He knew they would attack again and again. It's important to prepare for spiritual battle by surrounding ourself with loving people, putting on the armor or God, and building our testimonies and faith. (Alma 49:8) (Alma 50:1)
- Moroni showed there is always something that can be worked on. He knew the weakest parts of his cities so did he ignore them? No! He diligently worked on them so they became the stronger part. We too need to learn of our weaknesses, step down from pride, and start working on them. One at a time, do not be discouraged or think it is too hard because Heavenly Father will help us every step of the way. (Alma 49:14) (Alma 50:1)
- Moroni always had something to believe in. We have to have something worth fighting for. Something worth sacrificing for. Something that makes the hard times worth it. For Moroni it was his family, liberty, religion, God, and peace. Have goals and have something worth living for. (Alma 46:12)
- Related to the above bullet, Moroni placed his covenant, "Title of Liberty" everywhere. This is something I've really learned from Moroni. Put your covenants and goals where you will see them everyday. Perhaps where others will see them so they can hold you accountable. It's important you are reminded of the promises you make to Heavenly Father every day. This will help you keep them and remember them. (Alma 46:36)
- Moroni was a "strong and mighty man; he was a man of perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery; Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people. Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion, even to the loss of his blood…. Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken for ever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men." (Alma 48: 11-13 and 17 emphasis added)
Let's take a little break from those verses. DANG! Moroni was the man…. "the very powers of HELL would have been shaken." Could you imagine being so strong in your faith, testimony, convictions, and love for God that if everyone was like you, you could literally overcome the devil?! Amazing. Yet Moroni was so humble and loved his God more than anything. I don't know about you guys but I'm striving to be Captain Moroni. He is a true role model!
- Moroni had realized that in order to efficiently and effectively resist temptation and fight spiritual battles, you have to obtain peace and unity. If there are mini contentions in a group of people, they aren't going to be focused on they key goal of defending themselves and each other. What a simple message to families. You have to obtain peace and unity in order to protect and defend not only your personal beliefs, but your family's. (Alma 51:22)
Alright, this is where I am going to leave off at. There are so many more amazing lessons and things to learn as you continue to read and dive into the war chapters of the Book of Mormon. I think there definitely needs to be a part two when I'm more forward on my reading. I hope you enjoyed learning about Moroni as much as I did. He is such an inspiration and as said before, I look up to him as a role model. I know this was a long post but these lessons needed to be shared.
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