Angel Moroni with the Everlasting Gospel to Preach

Moroni had the privilege of seeing the modern day, hosted by Jesus! Jesus made sure that Moroni saw the depravity of modern society so that he could know what information he needed to include in the Book of Mormon to finish it off before depositing it. Moroni also saw the good of modern society that gave him the hope he needed to go forward in faith, though his own society crumbled.
As the first Apostle to testify on behalf of Christ for this dispensation, Moroni not only gave records, he introduced the record as a resurrected being to Joseph Smith, Jr. and proclaimed in prophetic function the last dispensation before the coming of Christ--fulfilling part of the prophecy in the Book of Revelations of the angel sent forth to proclaim the gospel for the last time found in Revelations 14:6.
Moroni is a key player in these last days from his mortal ministry and depositing of the record to his post-mortal ministry to Joseph Smith.
It seems almost a shame for Moroni to endure two depraved peoples--his day and the modern times. Fortunately, he saw the good of the present day also. As previously mentioned, seeing the good people of the earth helping and honoring the ancient and creating and sustaining the humanitarian organization such as United Way and the Red Cross provided hope that the love of Christianity still abounds in the earth. It is not enough, however. As a people in the last days where the Bible and the Book of Mormon amid living prophets and the Internet exists, Christians should be doing more!
Christians should be better united; yet,. Yet they strive, church against church--losing souls along the way to the adversary--all in the name of religious purity or arrogance!
Sometime after depositing the Gold Plates and his visit to the boy Joseph Smith Jr., Moroni received a glorious and Christ-provided resurrection so that he could fulfill his mission regarding the plates as its last mortal guardian.
Moroni would have one of the most important roles an angel of God could have, ushering in the gospel for the last days. Moroni remained faithful and true to his last day towards the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It is fitting that a person of his faithfulness would get to shepherd the restoration of the truths of the gospel. As evidenced in the writings of Moroni's book, he concerned himself with preserving purity of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The precious truths that he scribed in the record preserved the proper ordinances and functions of the priesthood as he details the prayers of baptism and the Lord's supper. Moroni included information about the regularity of church meetings and how the members supported each other before he deposited the record. Who better to proclaim the gospel with a trump in the last days than the Angel Moroni!

Moroni Visits Joseph Smith.

Moroni's behavior towards Joseph Smith can be viewed comically or urgently as we consider human nature.
So important was Moroni's message that he repeatedly visited the 17-year-old boy 4 times prior to showing him the location of the plates and once a year for four years before giving Joseph access to the plates!
Moroni wanted to make sure Joseph Smith knew his charge and what was required of him.
On that sacrosanct night of September 21, 1823, three years following the visit of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father to the 14-year-old Joseph Smith, Moroni in resurrected form made his way from the eternal realm to deliver his cherished message of the Gospel.
For centuries, Moroni knew the day would come that he would deliver the message he had been holding sacredly at the very command of Jesus Christ. He knew the importance of the message he bore as it was professed by numerous witnesses and prophets would come.
What were his feelings then as a perfected being made so in the image of Jesus Christ and the Father? He could remember with pristine detail the lonely years of his mortal life and that of his father Mormon who protected the plates of gold until both passed on to the other side.
Centuries of preparation came to his remembrance easily that he made as a spirit and eventually resurrected being for passing the responsibility on to Joseph Smith of preparing for the second advent of Jesus!
With revelatory power, the mission of Joseph Smith Junior unfolded before him as he brightened the room of the lad with his eternal glory. The knowledge that Joseph had seen the Father and the Son acutely present, he had faith to endure Moroni's glorious presence.
Moroni instructed Joseph Smith Junior that night in the things for the gospel to prepare him for what lay ahead of him. Calling him by name, Moroni told Joseph that God had a great work for him to do and that all nations, kindreds, and tongues would bless and curse his name.

Moroni's Post Mortal Apostolic Teachings

In the Joseph Smith History within thePearl of Great Price, Joseph details some of the things that Moroni instructed. One of the great prophecies Moroni told Joseph would be soon fulfilled, Isaiah 11, the entire chapter.
Moroni quoted to Joseph that it speaks of the Millennial reign of Christ and the condition of life at that time. In other words, Moroni instructed Joseph smith that the reign of Christ will soon be upon the world.
It could happen within the next 100 to 300 years if comparing the modern timeline to the pattern established in the record of The Book of Mormon. The everlasting gospel is that Jesus suffered for the sins of mankind so that they could return to heaven if they accept Jesus's atonement. This message is what Moroni delivered revealing that he is the angel mentioned in Revelations having the everlasting gospel to preach for the last time before Christ gathers His people and destroys the wicked by fire.
Just like Moroni's father Mormon, Joseph was a humble lad and easy to entreat. Moroni saw this and capitalized on Joseph's malleability to appear to him at the right moment to give him instructions about eternal things.
He also repeated himself five times (three at home, one in the field, and one at the site of the gold plates) to make sure Joseph did not forget at such a tender age, 17 years old, to record.
Moroni could have spoken these words to the 17-year-old boy Joseph:
I am a messenger sent from the presence of God to you, and my name is Moroni. God has a work for you to do; and your name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindred, and tongues—both good and evil spoken of among all people.
There is a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. The fulness of the everlasting Gospel is contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants.
There are two stones in silver bows—and these stones, fastened to a breastplate, constituted the the Urim and Thummim—deposited with the plates; and the possession and use of these stones are what constituted seers in ancient or former times.
God has prepared them for the purpose of translating the book. For behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall burn as stubble; for they that come shall burn them, saith the Lord of Hosts—that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.
And, there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. And, the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. And, shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord—and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears; but with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth. And, he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
And, righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins. The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together. And, a little child shall lead them.
And, the cow and the bear shall feed. Their young ones shall lie down together. And, the lion shall eat straw like the ox.The sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.
And in that day, there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people. To it shall the Gentiles seek; and, his rest shall be glorious. And, it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
And, he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off. Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But, they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west. They shall spoil them of the east together. They shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.
And, the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; and with his mighty wind shall he shake his hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams, and make men go over dry shod. And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria—like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
These words are about to be fulfilled. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, “A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people.” This prophet is Christ; but the day has not yet come when “they who would not hear his voice should be cut off from among the people,” but soon will come.
Moroni could see the things unfolding in the boy's face as he spoke directly on behalf of the Savior, revealing in great earnest his message to the boy--knowing that he would visit Joseph four more times to complete this very same message.
Two more times in a crowded bedroom of his siblings and parents, once in the field as he headed to his home to rest after the fatigue of the visits in the night, and another time after his father told him to follow the instructions of Moroni and go to the location of the gold plates.
Moroni continues his message.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I, God, will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also, upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And, I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered; for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.
The fullness of the Gentiles is soon to come in. Satan will try to tempt you to get the plates for the purpose of getting rich. You must have no other object in view in getting the plates but to glorify God, and must not be influenced by any other motive than that of building his kingdom; otherwise you cannot get them....
Much more was said to Joseph, since Moroni had four years to teach him. Which meant that Satan had four years to tempt Joseph. Fortunately, and in the words of the official record of Joseph Smith regarding the record Moroni loaned to Joseph,
"by the wisdom of God, they remained safe in my hands, until I had accomplished by them what was required at my hand. When, according to arrangements, the messenger called for them, I delivered them up to him; and he has them in his charge until this day," Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith History 1:60.


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