Captain Moroni gave armor to his troops before he sent them out to war with the Lamanites.
What has been your spiritual armor is the war against evil? What has been undeniable in being a protection for you? Having felt it's effects. And you thought, I'm sure glad I did this, because if I didn't I would be a wounded soul today.
Having been a wounded soul.
The Atonement is so very real, but I do not want to go back there again.
You only need to touch a hot stove once to know that it hurts.
I think one of the most important lessons I've learned from Captain Moroni's preparations is that you can't wait until you see the Lamanites coming to start building up your defenses, and you shouldn't wait to put on your armor until after you get hit by something.
Similarly, our spiritual defenses need to be prepared well in advance during times when we aren't at battle, and we need to put on our protective armor well before we can be hit by any of Satan's attacks.
internet filters (even if we don't have a problem with pornography)
media rules decided in advance (not just "if it's bad we'll walk out," because then you may have already been "hit")
dating rules regarding physical affection decided in advance (because in the moment, you're not thinking about putting on armor or building up a wall)
heeding the prophet, even when I don't see the same thing he sees (because he's up on a watchtower, and can see the enemy coming when I can't)
Moroni was a popular name in the Nephite culture.
Captain Moroni was a military leader during the war chapters. He is described as a strong and mighty man, well, I’ll just quote:
Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of a perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery;
Yea, a man whose heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people; a man who did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.
Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion, even to the loss of his blood.
Mormon, who compiled the records of his people, named his son Moroni, hundreds of years later. This Moroni introduces Joseph Smith to the ancient records hundreds of years after that.
I always do well when I regularly have sufficient and thoughtful scripture study.
this isn't really the place for it.
Your post is now the political one.
OP never implied that liberals are "spiritual dissenters", but it's pretty funny that you did.
I agree. Moses 1 is an illustration of preparation. God tells Moses that he’s a son of God, and guess what happens after this? Satan tries to get Moses to worship him, calling Moses “son of man.” Moses recognized Satan’s lie and resisted with one of my favorite commands: “Get thee hence.” Moses was then rewarded with a vision and knowledge of God’s eternal plan.
God prepared Moses for this encounter, and He can prepare us for our experiences with opposition before they happen.
You missed the best verse about Captain Moroni!!!
Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, 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.
Mormons do not believe that angels are a race separate from humans. Angel Moroni could almost be described as "Ghost" Moroni as he was the spirit of Captain Moroni who appeared to Joseph as a heavenly messenger.