19 And when Moroni had said these words, he went forth among the people, waving the rent part of his garment in the air, that all might see the writing which he had written upon the rent part, and crying with a loud voice, saying:
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.
21 And it came to pass that when Moroni had proclaimed these words, behold, the people came running together…
There is power in a voice of courage speaking words of conviction. Here are two leadership principles I took from this chapter today:
- If you want to be persuasive, make sure you’re defending the right things. Before taking his message public, Moroni “poured out his soul to God,” and received a confirmation that he was making the right decision (Alma 46:17-18). In contrast, Amalickiah had to retreat from Moroni’s army because he saw that “his people were doubtful concerning the justice of [their] cause” (Alma 46:29).
- Remember that one person can have an enormous influence. Mormon reminds us of “the great wickedness one very wicked man can cause to take place among the children of men” (Alma 46:9). Likewise, in the passage quoted above, the Nephites come “running together” in response to Moroni’s testimony and challenge.
Today at work, I made an effort to maximize my influence by defending true principles with conviction. In my most important meeting of the day, I found that my advance preparation, together with my belief that I could make a difference, enabled me to speak with a quiet confidence which was well received. I didn’t “cry with a loud voice” like Captain Moroni, but I believe that I did have an impact because of following his example of true leadership.