This was said of Moroni (in Alma 48):
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.
How can we be like Moroni? The verses that precede the above excerpt give the answer:
And 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.
Now the Nephites were taught to defend themselves against their enemies, even to the shedding of blood if it were necessary; yea, and they were also taught never to give an offense, yea, and never to raise the sword except it were against an enemy, except it were to preserve their lives.
And this was their faith, that by so doing God would prosper them in the land, or in other words, if they were faithful in keeping the commandments of God that he would prosper them in the land; yea, warn them to flee, or to prepare for war, according to their danger;
And also, that God would make it known unto them whither they should go to defend themselves against their enemies, and by so doing, the Lord would deliver them; and this was the faith of Moroni, and his heart did glory in it; not in the shedding of blood but in doing good, in preserving his people, yea, in keeping the commandments of God, yea, and resisting iniquity.
He was a remarkable man, especially when you consider that he was only twenty five years old when he was appointed chief captain over the armies of the Nephites.
- Be strong and mighty.
- Develop a perfect understanding of truth and error.
- Do not delight in bloodshed.
- Find joy in the liberty and freedom of your country and of your fellows from bondage and slavery.
- Be thankful to God for the many privileges and blessings which he has bestowed upon His people.
- Labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of your people.
- Be firm in the faith of Christ.
- Defend your people, your rights, your country, and your religion, even to the loss of your blood.
- Defend yourself against your enemies, but never be the aggressor. Never raise the “sword” except against an enemy to preserve life.
- Be faithful in keeping the commandments of God.
- Do not glory in shedding blood.
- Glory in preserving your people, in keeping God’s commandments, and in resisting iniquity.
Then will it be said of you:
Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto [your name here], 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.