ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Shaker of Hell: Captain Moroni Part One

Updated on September 16, 2018
Rodric29 profile image

Leaders of integrity or infamy found in The Book of Mormon provide the fodder for spiritual growth and self-improvement. It was made for us.

One man changed his nation due to his conviction to freedom from oppression and freedom to worship God. He did not allow ANY person to stand in his way to keep his people free--even if it meant spilling their blood. Captain Moroni is an influential character in the Book of Mormon drama and a pivotal spiritual leader in the Nephite nation. Mormon included Captain Moroni's military/spiritual history in the Book of Mormon narrative to answer questions of loyalty, duty, freedom, and honor. He also used his experiences to answer the question of what to do with those who do not have loyalty and duty to freedom and honor.

Rendering of Captain Moroni bearing the Title of Liberty
Rendering of Captain Moroni bearing the Title of Liberty | Source

Setting the Cultural Stage

The Nephite and Lamanite nations had for centuries opposed each other by the time Moroni appeared. Bad blood festered between the founders of the major ethnic groups as Laman and his followers accused Nephi and his followers of stealing from them the rights of leadership and several sacred objects.

God informed Laman through an angel that Nephi was meant to be the ruler of all the people, the legitimate leader of their people. Laman, however, accused Nephi of using sorcery or magic to trick him into following him. Nephi being the youngest of the group of brothers, Laman expected to rule the family and taught his followers to hate Nephi and his followers from the time Nephi stole away in the night with the records and sacred objects.

The bitterness and hatred the Nephites and Lamanites held for each other were multiplied as people abandoned both sides to flee to the other. The Lamanites held a 50-year-old grudge against the Nephites when a small group of Nephite dissenters, the priest of King Noah, abducted women from the Lamanites and forced them into marriage. That caused a war.

Then those very priests of Noah joined the Lamanites to fight against their former countrymen. This group of priests and their descendants incited hatred for the Nephites among the Lamanites. As more people deserted the Nephites in disillusioned fashion for one reason or another, the stage was set for mass aggression when a community of Nephites called the Zoramites joined the Lamanites starting another long war.

Military Stage

The Zoramites had developed their own religious traditions that excluded the poor of their community. The high priest of the Church of Christ over the people of Nephi, Alma, went to this group of people to reclaim them to the faith. After he finished teaching with his missionary companion, Amulek, the people rejected their words and cast them and those who agreed with them out of the territory.

A group of people called Ammonites in the neighboring city of Jershon offered sanctuary to the refugees to the consternation of the Zoramites. After threats and intimidation to the people of Jershon for harboring the refugees failed, the Zoramites defected to the Lamanites in protest.

Moroni's military headquarters moved to Jershon in the beginning of this new war and the people of Jershon, the Ammonites, relocated so that the Nephite military could use the city as a barracks to defend against the Lamanites and Zoramites. This is where Moroni appears in the record according to the Book of Alma, chapter 43 until he dies as recorded in Alma chapter 62.

Character of Moroni


Captain Moroni took the position of Chief Captain of the Nephi military at the age of 25. Nothing is recorded in the record about his life before he ascended to his position. Nothing is told about his personal life regarding a family. What Mormon does reveal about this captain is that Moroni was the epitome of manhood.

Of him, Mormon wrote, "if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men," Alma 48:17.

Apparently, Moroni was such a fastidious person when it came to living righteous principles that Mormon compared him to Jesus Christ in estimation.

If any person was, is, or would follow the behavior and spirit of Captain Moroni the powers of hell would be shaken! What did Moroni do to warrant that epitaph?

Satan would NEVER have power over the hearts of humanity if they all were like Captain Moroni! What makes him such a shadow of Christ?

Effective Commander

On his first command, Moroni had the task of readying his warriors for a confrontation with the Lamanites and Nephite dissenters, Zoramites. Hypothetically, it would be like the United States fighting Russia and Alaska defects to fight the US with Russia to provide some perspective.

Not only did Moroni have to fight people that he probably associated with at one time, but also the leader of the Army that he fought was a former Nephite! In fact, all of the leaders of the Lamanite military were former Nephites. These dissenters' hatred for the Nephites preserved the Lamanites' white-hot hateful feelings. Lamanites were already culturally flammable, but the accelerant was disaffected Nephites; otherwise, the nation of Lamanites (or nations) would not have been so inclined to maintain aggression towards the Nephites without them.

Captain Moroni by Itzel-Nahomy

Moroni changed the art of war among these people. He armed his people with weapons and protective armor. Captain Moroni was an innovator.

The Nephites armed themselves with shields, breastplates, helmets and thick clothing for battle. This was uncommon among the children of Lehi. The Lamanites were virtually naked save for a loincloth and the Nephite dissenters had no armor.

The Nephites were outnumbered by the Lamanites, a possible conglomeration of many groups of people besides the descendants of Laman, who were numerous. The dissenters from the Nephites were almost as numerous as the standing army of Nephites as mentioned in the record. Moroni, therefore, had the task to think of ways to keep his warriors safe. Each death of a Nephite warrior meant a precarious situation to the Nephites. It appears as though there was a 2:1 ratio of Lamanites (including all dissenters) to Nephites.

To Defeat the Lamanites, Moroni used intelligence (spies) and strategy. He made sure to keep informed of their movements and numbers to determine how effectively to use the smaller army of the Nephites against the Lamanites.

Mormon indicated that Moroni knew the intention of the Lamanites, which was to destroy their them or to subjugate them that they might establish a kingdom over all the land; And ...knowing that it was the only desire of the Nephites to preserve their lands, and their liberty, and their church, therefore he thought it no sin that he should defend them by stratagem; therefore, he found by his spies which course the Lamanites were to take, Alma 43:29-30.

God had made a promise to the Nephite nation, and for that matter, every nation that subsisted upon the Americas (North and South presumably) that "Inasmuch as ye are not guilty of the first offense, neither the second, ye shall not suffer yourselves to be slain by the hands of your enemies," Alma 43:46. Armed with that knowledge Moroni prepared his nation to defend against the more numerous Lamanite army.

Next Time

In the next part of Captain Moroni's profile, the qualities that made him a follower of holiness will receive attention. The part of him that is good and wholesome is what makes him into the effective leader he was. Moroni was a rare breed of human similar to Job. These type of people stay true no matter what life throws their way. Follow the link below to keep reading.

© 2016 Rodric Anthony Johnson


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)