“Sharing Time: Follow Righteous Leaders,” Friend, July 1988, 37
Captain Moroni was a righteous leader of the Nephite armies. He loved freedom, his home, and his family. He had great faith in Jesus Christ. A wicked man named Amalickiah wanted to destroy the Church and take away the Nephites’ freedom by becoming king. He drew many people away from the Church with his flattery and lies.
Angry with Amalickiah for leading the people astray, Moroni tore his coat and wrote a message on it to the Nephites: “In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children” (Alma 46:12). Then he fastened the coat to a pole and called it the title of liberty.
Next, Moroni prayed that his people would remain free as long as there were righteous people in the land. When he had finished praying, he went among the people, carrying the title of liberty and inviting them to covenant with the Lord that they would not forget their God or their families and that they would fight to keep their freedom. Many entered into the covenant, and they numbered more than the followers of Amalickiah. Moroni’s army captured most of Amalickiah’s army, and there was peace for a time.
Moroni had the title of liberty flown from every tower in the land so that the people would remember and keep the covenant that they had made with the Lord. (See Alma 46.)
Mount figures on flannel or lightweight cardboard, and cut out.
Use on flannel board, or make cardboard stands for figures. (See Friend, May 1988, page 39.)
Retell story of Captain Moroni in your own words.
Make title of liberty for each child. Have children write about or draw on it things that are important to them.
Locate story of Moroni in Alma 46. Point out other righteous leaders who served just before and after Moroni (Ammon, Helaman, Samuel).
Sing “Book of Mormon Stories” (Sing with Me, B-87). Include new verses found in Children’s Sacrament Meeting Presentation, 1988, page 3.
Discuss righteous leaders of today. How do we know that they are righteous and that we should follow them? (We will be prompted by Holy Ghost.)