Acts of Captain Moroni: Rise of Liberty - Freedom
United We Stand. Divided We Fall.
Moroni did not seek celebrity. This captain’s chief concern for his nation was to keep it FREE of those who sought celebrity. Moroni was horrified that some people wanted to change the political system from democracy to a subjugating monarchy.
In his memory existed the lesson learned from the wicked King Noah who caused the people to reject the Christian religion and kill the prophet who confronted him. Out of that tragedy, the Church of Christ formed under the direction of Alma the Elder (former high priest of King Noah) constituting a separation of church and state for the first time among the Nephites. Under the leadership of its third High Priest, the Church of Jesus Christ thrived. A king would destroy the church’s autonomy—possibly.
Moroni understood that the people could not afford to descend into internal turmoil with the constant threat of Lamanite invasion due to the frequent dissent of Nephite-disillusionment. The Nephites constructed the vehicle to destroy themselves! If former Nephites did not dissent to the Lamanites and incite them to war against the Nephites, that nation might have continued to exist in some form when Columbus discovered the Americas for Europe. Greed, the promise of power, and pride helped a noble nation destroy itself from within.
Moroni would not let that happen on his watch, however.
Let Freedom Ring
In his famed speech in Washington, D. C., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, intimated that until freedom reigns in every village or hamlet of the United States and for every race that there is no true freedom. Dr. King called it his dream.
Moroni also had that dream two thousand years prior. Unless all Nephites desired liberty, freedom was tenuous for them. Dr. King’s freedom dream added freedom to those denied by race. Moroni’s desire was to keep freedom against classism. Amalickiah and his followers wanted to gather up the freedom of the people and dispense it to those whom they desired.
Amalickiah did have a point. Power would always be in the possession of a few families due to inheritance. Not unlike modern politics in America, a certain class of people ruled society; though, the possibility that others could step into leadership did and does exist. Such an occurrence was slim then and now. It existed, though.
Amalickiah only wanted to change who held the power and what type of power leaders held so that he could have it all. No possibility of any others to lead would exist in his power structure. To stop this, the Title of Liberty Moroni started rooted out Amalickiah’s design. Unfortunately, it also led to one of the most bitter battles of Nephite history.
Moroni, in his angry determination, went in supplication to God with the understanding that He would not allow the Christians cause, which was freedom, to cease unless the believers themselves brought that end due to disobedience. Therefore, he petitioned the Lord to keep the Nephites free and dedicated himself further to the cause of freedom. Satisfied that he enlisted the aid of heaven, he went throughout his nation campaigning for freedom opposite Amalickiah’s campaign for a monarchy.
Moroni petitioned the people as recorded in Alma 46:20, “Behold, whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, and enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, that the Lord God may bless them.”
The people responded overwhelmingly in favor of this idea to the consternation of Amalickiah, who fled the land in response joining the Lamanites. Not unlike the American Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, the Title of Liberty oaths the Nephite citizens took represented a promise before God to maintain the rights of free men to act and worship with only God as their King. Those Amalickiah left behind and who could not flee either accepted the Title of Liberty and entered into a covenant to maintain that type of government or suffered capital punishment. In other words, it became a capital offense to desire any type of government other than one that offered freedom of religion and a democratic process. Each citizen took an oath to maintain freedom.
Capt. Moroni and The Title of Liberty
Unlike in the United States of America, Nephite citizens did not have the right to speak against the free government. Moroni effectively and lawfully made it illegal to try to change the structure of Nephite Government with the Title of Liberty, which became a recognized label throughout Nephite culture following akin to the US Constitution in power that kept Nephite government democratic until its defeat nearly 500 years later.
Any time God has representation on the earth where He institutes His laws in a nation, that nation will be a free nation to religion. The freedom to choose is a right God desires for all people in every land. Until all people are free to worship and exercise dominion over their individual lives, as Dr. King and Moroni believe, freedom is tenuous for humanity.
This helped me understand more about freedom among the Nephites.
The Book of Mormon is a record of modern-day scriptures about an ancient American culture thriving upon either the North or South American continents (or both) from 600 b.c. to about 420 a.d. Unfortunately, there is no conclusive proof where the events in the book played out; however, the truths and lessons revealed through the recorded events in this book provide illumination to modern problems—the intent for which it was written. This article covers the challenges faced by a nation, more particularly the commanding officer of the military of this nation and how he dealt with the political intrigue that threatened the liberty of his people.
- Acts of Captain Moroni: Rise of Liberty
This article covers the challenges faced by a nation, more particularly the commanding officer of the military of this nation and how he dealt with the political intrigue. Part A
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