This past week, I attended a meeting on how to protect our families from pornography, hosted by LDS Social Services. It was a great meeting that gave valuable information without dwelling on the overwhelming weight of this depravity.
I went home encouraged that we can all overcome this. We may become as the stripling warriors, who came back wounded, but not one was lost (Alma 56: 55-56). I particularly appreciated the vision of fortifying my home as Moroni did all of the Nephite cities.
As a child, I remember hearing people complain how long and boring the book of Alma was. The war chapters were often skipped, or casually glanced over. Today, I have discovered that there is much to learn in these chapters. We are in a war and Moroni shows us in great detail how to fight, how to protect, and how to win. Captain Moroni was fearless when it came to defending his liberty, his wife, and his children.
In Alma 48: 7-15, we can see how Moroni prepared “the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord their God.” He was not only physically capable and strong; he was also spiritually faithful. He built forts and walls of stone all around the cities. He knew where his weakest areas were and fortified them. Moroni “did labor exceedingly for the welfare and safety of his people.” His desire, above all else was to “defend his people, his rights, and his country, and his religion, even to the loss of his blood.” He taught his people to defend themselves. By standing up against the enemy we know that “this was their faith, that by so doing God would prosper them in the land, or in other words, if they were faithful in keeping the commandments of God that he would prosper them in the land; yea, warn them to flee, or to prepare for war, according to their danger.”
This is so necessary for our day. We are in the thick of evil and conspiring men who seek to take away our liberty, our families, and our religion. “If all men (and women) 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).
I believe we are the men and women spoken of here. We have the potential to be modern-day Moronis. Read this post, Pornography vs the Doctrine of the Family, and learn some valuable ways to build, fortify, and protect your homes. And most of all, follow the inspiration you will surely receive as you set your plan into motion.