Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lovingly bold

I was talking with my husband about how bold Captain Moroni was. There are specific times throughout the war chapters in Alma where he doesn't hold back or beat around the bush at all. When he is chastising Pahoran about not sending sufficient resources or men in their time of need he says in Alma 60:7 "Can you think to sit upon your thrones in a state of thoughtless stupor, while your enemies are spreading the work of death around you?" That is so bold. Some people could get pretty offended and would even consider Captain Moroni's actions as rude, however, his boldness comes from his intense love that he has for the Lord, for his liberty and for his family. My mission president always honored Captain Moroni and he would try to emulate him. Something that he would always say to us was that being lovingly bold was the most undeveloped Christ-like attribute that people strive to have. He would refer to the scripture that says "use boldness, but not overbearance" and always show forth an increase of love. Captain Moroni was described in Alma 48:17 "If all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men." I think our Heavenly Father wants us to be bold but with love as our only intention in our boldness. Heavenly Father doesn't ever want us to be rude to others but we can follow the example of Moroni of to what intensity we should defend our rights, our liberties, our religions and our families. I am so grateful that that excerpt is in there and I hope that I can be like Captain Moroni in being lovingly bold. 

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