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Recently, I was surprised to learn that many of the girls didn’t realize that Captain Moroni (famous military leader who raised the Title of Liberty) and Moroni (the last righteous Nephite, last of the Nephite Prophets, who completed hid the plates and 1,400 years later appeared to Joseph Smith to teach him and later show him the location of the plates) are not the same person.
Captain Moroni was a great guy, too, but since Moroni (the Prophet) is such an iconic figure in our church (and to the world), I mean, he’s on almost all of our temples, right? I thought it would be help the girls to learn about Moroni and why he is such an important person to us (anciently and in the latter-days)
#1- Learn all about Moroni’s role in ancient times and latter-days (from the scriptures and referencing General Conference talks and Ensign articles). We also talked about Captain Moroni and his part in the Book of Mormon. I showed many examples of church artwork (like that is displayed in our buildings and in our manuals) and helped them identify which Moroni was which, based on clues in the pictures (ie, Captain Moroni is almost always shown with the Title of Liberty)
There are some Mormon Channel resources here
I printed out worksheets that I had made by copying and pasting pictures of both of the Moroni’s that we discussed (that I had found online) onto a word document. I gave everyone a worksheet and had the girls try to guess which person (Captain Moroni or Moroni) was being portrayed in the picture.
Here are some photos I took of the worksheets I made to give you an idea of what I did, but it is easy to make your own by searching for “Moroni” images on Google. Be ready to defend your answers, because even though this might seem pretty cut and dry, there might be some disagreement
Here is the picture that caused the controversy with some of our girls – it is a painting of Moroni (and Mormon), but about half of them were sure that this was Captain Moroni because it appears to be a war scene. I reminded them that Moroni (son of Mormon) was also heavily involved in the military, and that there is no Title of Liberty in the photo (a big giveaway)…and that the man seems be especially disturbed by the death of an older (gray haired) man:
- Bible Dictionary definition of “angel”: here
- Some additional information from an “I have a question” Ensign article (2nd half of the article – scroll down to the 2nd question…) here
#3- Find out why the Moroni statue is used on temples. I emphasized why Moroni was selected to be on the spire, and why (see resources below for info). I encouraged them to remember this whenever they go to the temple or see a picture of the Moroni statue
#4- Have a Moroni statue making contest (tin foil & gold spray paint) (YW can take home their statues)
I don’t have a photo for this yet, but I will post after we’ve done the activity. I was picturing making the Moroni statues out of tin foil, restaurant doggie-bag style…
and since I don’t have easy access to gold foil, I will attempt to spray-paint the regular aluminum foil “statues” with gold spray paint when they are done. I would try this out at home before trying it at Mutual – not 100% sure about the effectiveness of spray-paint on foil :)
UPDATE: I found some gold-foil paper (that is normally used to wrap cake-decorating boards) to use instead of regular silver foil and spray paint. It is made by Wilton and is available online and at larger stores that carry cake supplies (like maybe Michaels? JoAnns? Our local Walmart carries Wilton brand cake supplies, but only has the silver fanci-foil). Here is an online source: http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?sku=pg_fancifoilwrap. I also gave the girls regular silver foil to use as a base and give it more form.
Here are some of the statues that the girls made:
PURPOSE: Help the YW develop a greater appreciation for the scriptures and understanding of the temple.
COST: @$7.00 ($3.00 for a roll of foil, and $4.00 for spray-paint)