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.
Today, I’m pondering the attributes of Captain Moroni, as he was described by Mormon in the passage above. Here are some of the attributes I see:
- Moroni was capable. Mormon refers to him as “a strong and a mighty man.” He knew how to be an effective soldier, and his people were willing to entrust the leadership of their armies to him because they knew he had the ability to lead them effectively.
- Moroni was wise. Mormon says that he “was a man of a perfect understanding.” His respect for freedom and his understanding of the limitations of force and violence are examples of his wisdom.
- Moroni was humane. He had a profound respect for human life. Even though he knew that there were some things important enough to fight for, he “did not delight in bloodshed.” Even as a military commander, he avoided bloodshed wherever possible.
- Moroni was respectful of the agency of others. His “soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country.” Unlike Amalakiah, whose goal was to become king and “destroy the foundation of liberty which God had granted unto them” (Alma 46:4,10), Moroni did not seek for power (Alma 60:36). And when the war was over, “he retired to his own house that he might spend the remainder of his days in peace” (Alma 62:43).
- Moroni was thankful. His “heart did swell with thanksgiving to his God, for the many privileges and blessings which he bestowed upon his people.” Moroni’s gratitude was a vital component of his wisdom and helped him to maintain perspective even during a bloody and agonizing conflict.
- Moroni was hard-working. He “did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.
- Moroni was faithful. He “was firm in the faith of Christ” and could be counted on to fulfill the things he had promised to do.
This is a remarkable list of attributes. It’s no wonder that, after this description, Mormon tells us that, if everyone were like Moroni, “the very powers of hell would [be] shaken forever” (Alma 48:17). Today, I will strive to follow the example of Captain Moroni by exemplifying the attributes identified by Mormon. I will strive to act with strength and wisdom, to be kind and respectful of the people around me, to be thankful for the privileges I have been given, and to be hard-working and dependable.