Moroni 1 – Seeing Light through the darkness

Moroni in cave by Jorge Cocco

Moroni has finished abridging the record of Jared. He is still hiding and on the run from the Lamanites. They put to death every Nephite who would not deny the Christ.

And I, Moroni, will not deny the Christ; wherefore, I wander whithersoever I can for the safety of mine own life.” (3)

Moroni had a most lonely existence. Everyone he loved had been killed. He kept busy abridging the Jaredite record, but is now done and is just wandering, hiding, and probably missing his family. It would’ve been easy to deny at this point and be done with life. But he never wavered. He stayed steadfast and firm in his faith in Jesus Christ.

What I find most fascinating is that even as the Lamanites are hunting him down, he is still concerned for their eternal welfare and decides to write a few more things onto the plates “that perhaps they may be of worth unto my brethren, the Lamanites, in some future day, according to the will of the Lord.” (4)

Talk about hope, faith, and charity. He is filled with those Christlike traits. Even though his enemy is seeking to destroy him, he hopes to save them in a future day.

Do I have this type of hope, that moves me to do for others according to God’s will, instead of selfishly seeking my own will and pleasure?

How can we nurture this type of hope in our lives?

“This kind of hope (in our Savior) is both a principle of promise as well as a commandment, and, as with all commandments, we have the responsibility to make it an active part of our lives and overcome the temptation to lose hope. Hope in our Heavenly Father’s merciful plan of happiness leads to peace, mercy, rejoicing, and gladness. The hope of salvation is like a protective helmet; it is the foundation of our faith and an anchor to our souls.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf – The Infinite Power of Hope, Ensign Nov 2008, 21-24

Moroni’s challenges were huge. He was completely alone. No family. No support. An angry bloodthirsty enemy hunting for him. A charge from God to protect the record he had been entrusted with. How did he keep from falling into despair?

“The scriptures say that there must be “an opposition in all things.” (2 Nep 2:11) So it is with faith, hope, and charity. Doubt, despair, and failure to care for our fellowmen lead us into temptation, which can cause us to forfeit choice and precious blessings.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf – The Infinite Power of Hope, Ensign Nov 2008, 21-24

What was Moroni’s solution? How did he keep from falling to the opposition?

“Because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, we need not fear, for we will live forever, never to taste of death again. Because of His infinite Atonement, we can be cleansed of sin and stand pure and holy before the judgment bar. The Savior is the Author of our Salvation.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf – The Infinite Power of Hope, Ensign Nov 2008, 21-24

This is one of the keys he used–faith in Jesus Christ. He did not let doubt lead him to despair. He kept his hope in Christ’s promised blessings bright and foremost in his mind.

“This type of hope in God, His goodness, and His power refreshes us with courage during difficult challenges and gives strength to those who feel threatened by enclosing walls of fear, doubt, and despair.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf – The Infinite Power of Hope, Ensign Nov 2008, 21-24

This is how I think Moroni did it. He had that firm and steadfast hope in Christ that gave him daily courage to press on in a bleak existence, knowing through faith that God would bless him in the end. That is what kept the fear, doubt, and despair at bay.

This is how we can get through our trials and challenges as well.

“Embrace and rely upon the Hope of Israel, for the love of the Son of God pierces all darkness, softens all sorrow, and gladdens every heart.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf – The Infinite Power of Hope, Ensign Nov 2008, 21-24

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Resources:

Come Follow Me manual – Book of Mormon 2020

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