General Moroni, one of the great men of the Book of Mormon, raised the “title of liberty” and on it he inscribed these words:
“In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children.” (Alma 46:12.)
Why didn’t he write upon it “just live your religion, there is no need to concern yourselves about your freedom, your peace, your wives or your children.”? The reason he didn’t was because all these things were a part of his religion as they are of ours.
Listen to what The Book of Mormon had to say about the man who raised the “title of liberty”:
“And Moroni was a strong and a mighty man; he was a man of perfect understanding; yea, a man that did not delight in bloodshed; a man whose soul did joy in the liberty and the freedom of his country, and his brethren from bondage and slavery;
“Yea, and he was a man who was firm in the faith of Christ, and he had sworn with an oath to defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion even to the loss of his blood.” (Alma 48:11,13.)
And Then Moroni is paid this high tribute:
“Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, 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.” (Alma 48:17.)
Now part of the reason why we don’t have sufficient Priesthood bearers to save the Constitution, let alone to shake the powers of hell, is, I fear, because unlike Moroni, our souls do not joy in keeping our country free and we are not firm in the faith of Christ, nor have we sworn with an oath to defend our rights.
[by Ezra Taft Benson. Our Immediate Responsibility. BYU Devotional, October 25, 1966.]
There is a great and urgent need for men and women today to be like unto a modern-day Captain Moroni.