Moroni Saw Me: Life & Thoughts of a Saint

Liken the scriptures to yourself. It means to read from them and put yourself in the stories and adapt the issues to your personal life. What follows is me likening or adapting what Moroni recorded to my modern life..

I am Moroni?

Twenty-plus years ago, I started a journey that involved relocating several times, giving up some family connections, and changing my personal philosophy.

In order to find a connection to heaven, I had to give up some things that are hard to release and seek after some things that are rarely found.

I gave up so much to know God. What I have gained for my sacrifices cannot be quantified in any measure that does it justice. However, I can qualify it.

Moroni mourning the death of his father

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Why am I Moroni when my Dad named me Rodric? Moroni is my hero, and we went through trials together in life though centuries apart. Some of the things we have in common are just normal parts of life. He lost his Father in battle, a war with the group known then politically and culturally as Lamanites. I lost my father to a coma. The coma 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.

Moroni lost family and friends indicated by the words that he wrote in the record that he kept before burying it in a hill for a young man to find it 45 or so generations from the time he deposited it. I lost great loved ones in my life: my grandmother, my cousin J.L. and my daughter Zipporah. I lost connections to family and friends when I changed my life and moved so much as a youth.

My 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 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 speaks to me in the moments I need as recorded in The Book of Mormon. Not by chastising me, did Moroni speak, but because I need to be reminded that God did speak to prophets and give them visions.

This man, this prophet etched personal things in his record that riveted my heart to the Lord. His words convinced me of Christ’s divinity. I gained a relationship with God—me, a sinner! God can give me visions, just like He gave them to Moroni about us. He can give them to you also. Moroni told me that God will show me my weaknesses so I can turn to Him and those weaknesses can become strengths. He wrote that in the book of Ether while struggling with his inadequacies and trials. (Ether 12:27) I am Moroni because I want to be a man of God just like he was. Moroni loved God, and he loved me enough to write to me. All of the world can claim that privilege too!

Jesus Christ spoke to the leaders of the Jews

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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 with each part of our hearts; 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.

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The Bible and the Book of Mormon teach that we must account for our doing to God. All of us must answer for how we use the technology God inspired humanity to build. Do we watch porn? Do we reach out to the needy with it!

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.

© 2016 Rodric Johnson

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KingdomCome 9 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

What a bunch of garbage.


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Rodric29 9 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

KC, is all of it garbage? Are you trolling around looking for anything that an LDS Christian writes then disparaging it? If you are, then that's okay. Be honest though. How can this trolling help anyone, including you, get closer to Jesus christ?


KingdomCome 9 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

The bible is truth. All the other books mormons use, like the Book of Mormon and all of their other garbage books they use. And for your information the Mormons are not the only false church out there. I'll say the same thing about JW, catholic's , baptist and the rest of the false churches who call themselve the body of Christ. The LDS is just one out of the thousands out there that are garbage.


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Rodric29 9 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

KC, where do you get your information? All the religions you mention use the Bible. What makes your brand more true than the others?


KingdomCome 9 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

Your article is not about other churches so don't try to turn the cards around or change the subject off this article. You worte things in this article that is false. Most or much comes from the Book of Mormon or Books other than the Holy Bible. Therefore it's garbage.


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Rodric29 9 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

KC, ok, I will bite. I know that you may not agree with some of my beliefs. I suggest for our readers that you list what they are. It is difficult to get the time of readers theses days. Twitter tweets are what we read not a-days. We are too busy.

Anything that comes from any book besides the Bible is garbage you say? Pick out the things not from the Bible and we can discuss them.

It is true that I don't depend on the Bible for my relationship with God. The Bible is a tool just like any book. I do not worship the Bible. That would be a sin. I worship God. Men wrote the Bible and all scripture. Anything a person, a human has written is imperfect. Only God is perfect and good.


KingdomCome 9 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

Moroni is a made up angel of Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith is a liar.

Mormons claim that Jesus Christ and satan are brothers. This is a lie.

BOM teach Jesus was born in Jerusalem. Clearly this teaching is also a lie.

Joseph Smith translated the BOM from two gold tablets. This is a lie. But without this lie the mormon church would not be a multi-billion dollar year business like it is today.

To say LDS is a church is a lie, it's a tax free business And is just one of many that use the 501 c3 tax status. Filthy greed on their part.

Mormons teach that when Jesus returns the Mormons will be gathered together in the New Jeusalem in "MISSOURI" before judgement. Again. this teach is a lie of Joseph Smith LDS business they call a church.

So you see Mormons teach nothing but lies. AND THERE A LOT MORE OF THESE KINDS OF LIES THE MORMONS TEACH THAT I WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO LIST FOR YOU.


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Rodric29 9 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

KC, I understand that you do not believe these things. That does not make them lies. I believe the things that you mentioned. Did God tell you these things are lies or did you decide it on your own understanding?

The teaching that Jesus was born at Jerusalem is either a mistake or in the same thinking as me being born in New York. I was born in Rochester, which is another city in the state, but it was easier for me to tell my foreign friends NYC to give them an understanding of where I was talking. I think Mormon just made a mistake and Joseph Smith translated that mistake and God allowed the weakness of man to show in the work.

We believe all peopl are brothers and sisters. Why is it so hard to understand why we say Satan and Jesus are brothers. I believe you are his brother or sister. I don't really know.

I appreciate you engaging me, but it would be nice to read something I have not heard about repeatedly for the last 20 years since I joined the "Mormon" church.

The church is a business. All churches are. How else are they going to maintain?


KingdomCome 9 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

You said;" Joseph smith translated that mistake and God allowed it the weakness of man to show in the work. Is that your excuse. You're saying God allowed a mistake in the BOM. Well the FACT is the whole BOM is not juct a mistake, but EVERY page of it is a lie of Joseph Smith.

You said; "The church is a business. All churches are." That I agree. But I wonder how God and our Lord Jesus Christ feel's about that. Your church is run by filthy greedy anti-christ's. And so are the rest of them.

Only an idiot would believe Jesus and satan are brothers. And have a skewed understanding of what satan is. Your church is flat out evil.


KingdomCome 9 months ago from those of the Ecclesia

When the BOM has contradictions from what the Holy Bible states, then the BOM is a LIE. And don't bother giving excuses and try to feed me your mormon lies.


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Rodric29 8 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

KC, I appreciate your opinion. I respect that you believe the things that you do about organized religion. I am an idiot KC. I believe the Satan and Jesus are brothers. I am sure I have explained why in the many comments that I have made on hubpages or in an article at one time or another. We lived before we were born. I believe all of us were involved in the war in heaven where we fought on the side of Jehovah and kicked Lucifer down here to the Earth for rebelling against God. I believe Jehovah became Jesus Christ. I believe Jehovah is my brother as well as my God. Satan is my brother as well as my enemy, since he is an enemy to God now.

I wonder why you think the church is evil. I am sure you have an experience where something occurred that makes you feel that way. I for one love the church and the good it does in m life and the lives of millions of people around the globe.

Oh, and the Book of Mormon has a number of mistakes in it that I have found from my reading it throughout the years. The doctrine it contains is comparable to the doctrine obtained from the Bible, which is also a true record though flawed. the flaws in the Book of Mormon are minor in comparison to what is found in the Bible. Though accept and have an abiding testimony of the Bible, it is the Book of Mormon that converted me to Christianity. I eventually joined the church that produces it.

God does allow weakness. If you read in the scriptures He allows His people to rise and fail according to that people's willingness to listen to Him. It is not different for the Latter-day Saints.


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Rodric29 8 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I have not found that the Bible and the Book of Mormon contradict. If they did, however, I would go with what the Book of Mormon taught. It is what introduced me to Christ, not the Bible. I appreciate the Bible because it records the Mortal Ministry of Christ. The Book of Mormon is my most favored book of Scripture. Again, because it introduced me to Jesus Christ, the real one. I have a testimony not independent of both books of scripture. I have my own experiences with Christ I can read about and draw faith from.

I do lie KC. I do not know if I would call the Mormon lies, but I repent too each time I fall short of the covenants that I made to God. You cannot hijack Christianity. I know that Christ lives. I hope you do too. I support your faith in Christ with my own. You attack my faith. That is fine too. I just hope you pay more attention to the good parts of Christianity than what I have seen here.

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