Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Moroni and Prop 8: Raising the Title of Liberty

A friend sent me this poster by e-mail recently. I like it because it happens to be a visual depiction of the exact symbolism that came to my mind early last month while conversing with my husband about Prop 8. We were both lamenting the fact that so many people oppose the proposition, and I said that while I wasn't at all confident it would pass, the important thing for us to do as individuals and members of the Church was to hold up the standard of liberty, as Moroni did. Like him, we had a responsibility to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things and in all places, and if we failed to do all we could to share our beliefs about Prop 8, we would be held accountable.

We're told that the war in heaven is now being fought on earth. I don't know if we will win or lose this particular skirmish; that's in the Lord's hands. What I do know is that God's plan includes ultimate victory, and those who have sacrificed their time and energy expressing their support of marriage between a man and a woman will be blessed for their efforts in defending the faith.

"And it came to pass that he 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" (Alma 46:12).

"And he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty)..." (Alma 46:13).

"And it came to pass also, that he caused the title of liberty to be hoisted upon every tower which was in all the land, which was possessed by the Nephites; and thus Moroni planted the standard of liberty among the Lamanites" (Alma 46:36).

In the weeks, months and years ahead, may we resolve to do no less.


Heather Anderson said...

It has been tougher then I thought it would be 3 months ago when it all started and that pic describes it pretty well. I will be glad when I get to vote tomorrow and put this all behind us...

Tracy said...

I thought of the exact same thing after the first broadcast. I started another blog - www.protectingfreedomsprotectingfamilies.blogspot.com specifically to address Prop 8 and the first time I posted, I was thinking of Moroni.

I'm so eager for today to be over. And I'm hoping that Prop 8 is supported enough to pass.

Julie said...

Doesn't it all just make you think, "What in the heck are people thinking?!" I love the picture--"In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children." (Alma 46:12). Amazing how similar how plight is to that of Captain Moroni in what we fight for.

I was thinking about how God created man and then He created Eve for Adam--not Steve. It was a WOMAN, people!!! Not another man! But, I know as we all do that these people who are trying to change God's ways don't believe in Him anyway. Boy, are they going to have a rude awakening someday--when every knee bows and every tongue confesses.

I so hope and pray that prop 8 passes for all our our sakes.

Rebecca Talley said...

I, too, hope Prop. 8 passes but I'm worried it won't. I used to live in CA.

We all need to stand up for the right even when it seems like it's the unpopular thing to do.

I like that picture and pray that marriage will not be destroyed.

Cookiemonsterette said...

I found your post surfing the net. Thank-you for sharing your thoughts. I LOVE the picture of Moroni!

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