Come Forth by Walter Rane

Come Forth

“And it came to pass that [Moroni] rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it – In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children – and he fastened it upon the end of a pole…and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land – And…he went forth among the people, waving the rent part of his garment in the air, that all might see the writing which he had written upon the rent party, and crying with a loud voice, saying: Behold, whosoever will maintain this title upon the land, let them come forth in the strength of the Lord, and enter into a covenant that they will maintain their rights, and their religion, and the Lord God may bless them”  (Alma 46: 12-13, 19-20).

Captain Moroni, chief commander of the Nephite armies, was steadfast in his faith, and determined to preserve the noble cause of religious freedom against the threat of self-serving conspirators. His righteous motives, exemplary strength of character, and willingness to literally stand up to defend his ideals, are manifest not only in his makeshift banner, but also in his ability to inspire others to band together in solidarity.  Ultimately his recruiting efforts and moral leadership proved effective and the enemy was defeated.  The prophet Mormon recorded: “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).

 

Additional reading: “Moroni and His Captains: Men of Peace in a Time of War