President Gordon B. Hinckley - Moroni

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President Gordon B. Hinckley Moroni From my window I frequently look at the figure of Moroni on the tallest tower of the Salt Lake Temple. He has been there since 6 April 1892, the date on which the capstone was laid before the largest crowd ever assembled in Salt Lake City up to that time. When the capstone was placed, thousands of voices joined in shouting, "Hosanna to God and the Lamb." Later that day the statue was placed on top of the capstone. Today, strangers who see him wonder who he is. Some think the gleaming figure represents Gabriel, the biblical angel sent to Daniel, to Zacharias, and to Mary. Others are simply puzzled. But he is no puzzle to us. He is a symbol of the restoration of the gospel in this the dispensation of the fulness of times. He was guardian and deliverer of the golden plates, the translation of which became the Book of Mormon, another witness of the Lord Jesus Christ. We regard his coming as fulfillment of the vision of John the Revelator: "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters" (Rev. 14:6-7 ). Of all the characters who walk the pages of the Book of Mormon, none stands a greater hero, save Jesus only, than does Moroni, son of Mormon. He was skilled as the commander of an army of ten thousand warriors. He was concise as an editor and historian. He was prophetic in speaking of his own and future generations. He was a man who walked alone for years, a fugitive from his enemies who were unrelenting in their pursuit. Moroni was military commander, prophet-historian, the last of the Nephite survivors. He was a direct descendant of Nephi. He grew up in the household of his remarkable father, Mormon. His father had witnessed the glorious flowering of the Nephite nation when "the whole face of the land had become covered with buildings, and the people were as numerous almost, as it were the sand of the sea" (Morm. 1:7 ). Mormon had also witnessed the abject decay of that civilization. It became a season when wickedness prevailed throughout the entire land "and the work of miracles and of healing did cease because of the iniquity of the people. And there were no gifts from the Lord, and the Holy Ghost did not come upon any, because of their wickedness and unbelief." (Morm. 1:13-14 .) Moroni was a witness of this decay. The Nephites became embroiled in wars with the Lamanites, wars that were to result in their annihilation. He cried out to his people: "Who can stand against
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course BOM 201 taught by Professor Stuff during the Fall '11 term at BYU.

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