For the Welfare and Safety of His People – Alma 48:11-13

11 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;
12 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.
13 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’s description of Captain Moroni in this passage teaches us a lot about the characteristics of a righteous leader. As I’ve thought about these verses today, one characteristic stands out for me: a righteous leader cares about his people and is willing to work hard to help them be safe and happy. I am reminded of the Savior’s admonition to his disciples that they not follow the worldly leadership examples they saw around them:

Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all (Mark 10:42-44).

Today, I will remember that a righteous leader is a servant to those he or she leads. As I consider the people I lead, at work and at home, I will follow Captain Moroni’s example and “labor exceedingly for [their] welfare and safety.”
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