27 Now it came to pass that many of the Lamanites that were prisoners were desirous to join the people of Ammon and become a free people.
28 And it came to pass that as many as were desirous, unto them it was granted according to their desires.
A core attribute of Captain Moroni was his desire to preserve life as much as possible. His mission was simple: restore freedom among his people with a minimum of bloodshed. He wanted to avoid a loss of life among his own people, the Nephites and also among their enemies, the Lamanites.
After Moroni won a battle, he had to decide what to do with the Lamanites he had conquered. Fortunately for him, he had a fantastic option. In the land of Jershon, there were a group of former Lamanites who had been converted by the preaching of the sons of Mosiah and who had made an oath never to fight again. They had demonstrated a courageous willingness to take in refugees, even at great personal risk (Alma 35:6-9). They were the perfect community for a group of defeated Lamanite soldiers who didn’t want to be prisoners.
As I think about this event, I am impressed with all of the participants. I’m impressed that Moroni didn’t hate the people who had attacked his country and forced him to fight. I’m impressed with the people of Jershon who were willing to accept their former enemies as neighbors. And I’m impressed with the Lamanite soldiers who were able to quickly shift from a soldier’s mentality to a life of peace because of their desire to be free.
Today, I will follow the examples of Moroni and of the Lamanite converts by trying to do what is best for the people around me. I will remember that all people are children of God and that the commandment to love my neighbor is not limited to people who are easy to love.