“Where is your focus?” Ensign, August 2020
Captain Moroni and Amalickiah focused their lives on different things. While “Amalickiah had … been obtaining power by fraud and deceit, Moroni … had been preparing the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord their God” (Alma 48:7).
What can we learn from the differences between Moroni and Amalickiah?
Was “appointed by the chief judges and the voice of the people” (Alma 46:34).
Swore an oath to defend his people, rights, country, and religion but did not glory in bloodshed (see Alma 48:13, 16).
Sought to dethrone the king of the Lamanites and make himself king (see Alma 47:8).
Was a “subtle man to do evil” and secretly “laid [his] plan in his heart” (Alma 47:4).
He also cursed God (see Alma 49:27).
Stirred the Lamanites to anger to cause a war and swore an oath to drink Moroni’s blood (see Alma 47:1; 49:27).