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Jude 4; “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Original drawing of the angel Moroni intended to be used over Nauvoo Temple.

By and large, members of the LDS Church today believe Moroni was the angel who showed up one night telling Joseph Smith about the golden plates buried in the earth near his home.

“He called me by name and said…that his name was Moroni…”

Today when members read Joseph Smith’s History in the Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants 128:20, the narrative tells them Moroni visited Joseph Smith. They also read the same thing in History of the Church 1:11. See image.

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moroni-2016Why Did Moroni Deliver the Gold Plates on September 22?

By Book of Mormon Central | Sep. 22, 2016 Mormon Life

“…Moroni’s annual visits occurred generally around the time of the Israelite harvest festival season. The initial visit on September 21 in 1823 coincided with that year’s celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles. In 1824, September 22 was the eve of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and the beginning of the fall festivals.”

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Today’s post is a look at what leaders of the LDS Church have chosen to do with their time. It also serves as a reminder of this church’s foundation.

In all sincerity may we keep Colossians 3:17 in the forefront of our minds –

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”

Cumorah's Cave Labans SwordWe all know the story of Joe Smith receiving gold plates from the angel of light, Moroni. What you may not be aware of is the collection of stories from early Mormons retelling Joe’s experience of when he went to Cumorah to give the plates back to Moroni.

 

 

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Angel Moroni in Mayan clothesWhile gathering info for a new article earlier this week, I came across an interesting story in Mormondom.

In 2009, the Deseret News published an article ‘20 little-known facts about the Mormon Angel Moroni statue’. They showed a different Moroni statue with each fact they shared, and one in particular caught my immediate attention.

 

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Moroni 3The story of Moroni goes hand in hand with anything to do with Joseph Smith. If there’s no Moroni, there’s no restoration of the gospel and no first vision. Ahh, but the story of the first vision includes the lesser known version that Nephi, not Moroni, showed up to tell Joseph about the restoration.

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Moroni the golden calf of MormonismMelissa sent me an e-mail with the link below to the online Deseret Bookstore Christmas decoration section.

Deseret Bookstore, Moroni Christmas Tree Topper

My first reaction when I saw this golden Moroni tree topper was the story of the Israelites making themselves a golden calf to worship while waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain.

I don’t know about anyone else and what they put on top of their trees.  My family has traditionally put an angel on ours symbolizing the angels who declared the birth of our Lord.

While the Christmas tree symbolizes many things we found ourselves sad for the Mormons who can’t seem to escape their religion even at one of the most holy Christian days of the year.

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Moroni a Symbol of the Gospel

Gordon B. Hinckley, Heroes from the Book of Mormon, pg. 195; 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…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…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…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.

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