“They Were Beloved” – Alma 53:2

What kind of relationships did Captain Moroni have with the people closest to him? We don’t know much about his family, except that his son Moronihah succeeded him as commander of the Nephite armies (Alma 62:43). But we do see him interacting with other military leaders, particularly Lehi and Teancum.

The following passage gives us a window into Moroni’s relationship with Lehi:

And Moroni went to the city of Mulek with Lehi, and took command of the city and gave it unto Lehi. Now behold, this Lehi was a man who had been with Moroni in the more part of all his battles; and he was a man like unto Moroni, and they rejoiced in each other’s safety; yea, they were beloved by each other, and also beloved by all the people of Nephi (Alma 53:2).

Strong relationships are forged by shared experiences, and Moroni and Lehi had been through a lot together. Their strong friendship contributed substantially to their effective collaboration.

Mormon’s relationship with Teancum, another commander who served under him, was also very strong. I’ve written before about Moroni’s trust in Teancum, including support for a decision which directly contradicted his instructions. And when Teancum dies, Mormon makes a point of emphasizing Moroni’s and Lehi’s sorrow (Alma 62:37).

Here’s the message I get from these passages: strong relationships are important. Leadership roles and hierarchical relationships may be necessary in a large organization like the army, but friendship, rapport, and trust are necessary to convert the org chart into a functioning team.

Today, I will ponder the strength of my relationships. I will strive to strengthen my relationships with the people I work most closely with at work, at home, and at church, remembering that those relationships are essential to our collective success.

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