Moroni Saw Me: Life & Thoughts of a Saint
- Moroni Saw Me
Hope is the essence of faith in things that are true.
I am Moroni?
Nephi taught me to liken the scriptures to myself. This article is my public attempt.
20 plus years ago, I started a journey. That journey involved me relocating several times. It involved me giving up my connections to some of my family, specifically my father, which I mourn because now It cannot be reclaimed due to the frosty hand of death. I lost time with my siblings virtually becoming an only child. I am alone away from all my family of my youth.
Why do I mention this in a religious setting listed under the LDS Christian setting? I cannot find the right place for this devotional. It is an LDS devotional. In order for me to find my connection to heaven, I had to give up some things that are hard to release. I had to seek after some things that are rarely found. I am not cryptic, though it may seem that way.
I am honest and open. I gave up so much to know God. What I have gained for my sacrifices cannot be measured by the standards of the world. I cannot quantify it in any measure. I can qualify it, however.
At the time that I published this article, I was putting the finishing touch on my book, which bears the same title as this article. However, what I put in this article does not appear in the book.
Moroni mourning the death of his father
I could easily say that my name is Moroni because we went through trials together in life though centuries apart. He lost his Father in battle, a war with the group known then politically and culturally as Lamanites. I lost my father to a comma. The comma is comparable to the ancient Lamanites breaking the psychological walls of Dad's mind and laying it waste until nothing was left but the shell of a man that could not function without a machine. +
I am sure Moroni lost family and friends indicated by the words that he wrote in the record that he kept before he buried it in a hill for a young man to find it 45 or so generations from the time it was deposited. I lost great loved ones in my life: my grandmother, my cousin J.L. and my daughter Zipporah. I lost a connection to family and friends when I changed my life and moved so much as a youth.
My long but valid point is that Moroni saw me as I stated in the title. He wrote a portion in his record that Jesus Christ had shown me to him as part of a vision I suppose of the last days, and he knew my doings. (Mormon 8:35). That is not all he said, though. Much of what he said disturbed me. He spoke to me about all the evil that goes on in my society and asked me a very poignant question. I will paraphrase it. Why have you polluted the church of Jesus Christ with your pride and envy?
People, the Holy Spirit let me know that Moroni saw me and spoke to me in the moment I need. Not by chastising me, but because I need to be reminded that God did speak to prophets and give them visions. I mention this because, if He can give me visions, why not Moroni? Why not you? Why not show me my weaknesses so I can turn to God and they become strengths? Moroni wrote that in the book of Ether while struggling with his own inadequacies. (Ether 12:27)
Jesus Christ spoke to the leaders of the Jews
Pollutions, Pride & Envy
Jesus Christ spoke to the leaders of the Jews during His mortal ministry as these politicians did everything in their power to thwart the work of the Savior. At every turn, he rebuffed their attempts using the power of heaven and reason to unfold the scriptures to them. He showed them how apostate their religious practices made their society. The laws of Jehovah were corrupted by them so that they could maintain their political power with the Roman government.
Jesus became the disturber of their peace and an activist against the status of the House of Israel politically.
Four hundred years after Jesus' mortal ministry, Moroni accused us modern folks of the same thing. By the heavenly means, he accused me specifically of polluting the Lord's church with my pride. Now, I admit to nothing here because that is my business. I do know that I have pride and that I am a member of His church. What am I doing to pollute it in these last days and how can I change that? I can change. Moroni also speaks of that later in his record. I first need to find the thing that I pollute the church with and change it.
What do I envy that pollutes the church? I am sure that there are somethings that I envy that others have that causes a spirit of digression in the church.
I am not trying to drag you down people. I hope by publicly asking these questions of myself you may also ask these questions. I do not believe that Moroni lied when he wrote in his record that he saw me. I do not take it as a figure of speech that he adapted from his experiences because his society was in an uproar to the point where blood and horror reigned.
We can debate whether the Book of Mormon is true another time. I wonder what I am doing to prepared for the coming of Jesus Christ personally. Moroni will be a witness against or for me at the judgement seat because I have read his words for two decades. I wonder how they will apply to me then, to us? While doing all that I can, I stand awaiting the grace of Christ to save me.
Faith, Hope and Charity
In his farewell to the reader, Moroni teaches that we most grab hold of every good thing by using our faith in Jesus Christ, our hope in the efficacious nature of His atonement and a pure love for all beings in our lives. In order for me to avoid being a pollution to my church, I must have faith, hope, and charity. That last one is the hardest.
Jesus taught that we must love Him and God without each part of our heart; and that we should love each other the same as we love ourselves. I have to love you the same way I love myself. I do not think that Jesus meant a figurative love. I believe He meant me to think on what I do for myself to show love. I clean myself. I feed myself. I speak up for myself. I am not there yet, people. It is okay because I realize it. Are you there? This society does not show it. While doing all that I can, I stand awaiting the grace of Christ to save me.
Music can motivate us to continue to make changes in our lives to lay hold of every good thing through faith, hope, and charity.
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This is not to frighten you people. It is to be aware. In my book I open my life to the world to scrutinize my experiences and how I have overcome some major issues. I think we should each sit down and write a personal history detailing how we have overcome and what we must yet change to truly be perfected in Christ.
Even with Moroni seeing me, I know that I will be the biggest witness at the day I stand before God to receive my reward.
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