A war was fought between the forces of good and evil during our pre-existant earth life. This war has continued over the ages and is still being fought today. The conflict will rage on because it is the same war; the war for the hearts of the children of men. As part of his plan, God sets up rulers to assist his people and to guide them in the right way. However, due to free agency, evil and wicked men are also able to rule and to fight against good. This often stirs others up in rememberance of the Lord their God. While great men and women can be a light and example by following Christ, ultimately it is an individual choice as to who we choose to follow.
A prophet of this dispensation has said, “There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short period of time than there is of us. Never before on the face of the earth have the forces of evil and the forces of good been as well organized…The final outcome is certain—the forces of righteousness will win. But what remains to be seen is where each of us … will stand in the battle–and how tall we will stand…great battles can make great heroes and heroines.*
In the scriptures we can find models to guide our lives through the conflicts of the present world.
Captain Moroni was one of these models. The war fought between Captain Moroni and Amalickiah as leaders of theirs army’s can give us great understanding into the conflicts we deal with today. Notice the stark contrast between Amalickiah who represents Satan and Moroni who represents Christ.
Were do you stand in the battle… and how tall do you stand?!
(In walks Amalickiah dressed in armor with a proud look and haughty stride)
I am Amalickiah, a Nephite, a strong and mighty man, a man of cunning devices and flattering words. I have many supporters who would like to see me become king over this people. Moroni and his army think they can run us out of the land and put an end to this present conflict. However, through my cunning craftiness the Lamanites now call me king and will fight with me. And knowing of their everlasting hatred towards you because of the many wrongs which ye have done unto them, when I command my armies to come down against the Nephites, they will visit them with utter destruction. It seemeth a pity unto me that anyone should be so foolish and vain as to suppose that they could stand against so many brave men who are at my command. Yield yourselves up unto us, and unite with us and become acquainted with our works, and become our brethren that ye may be like unto us–partners of all our substance…. Or with my great army will I come upon you and destroy you in your fields and your cities, I will encroach upon your homes and steel away the hearts of your family members until all have become subjected unto me. And surely I will do it; wherefore give me the honor. Follow me and enjoy the immediate pleasures of life. Who will follow?
(No one responds and Amalickiah shakes his head with disappointment and sits down)
(In walks Moroni, also in armor. A passionate man, he is incensed with Amalickiah but is a humble and good man which reflects on his countenance. He has in his hand the title of liberty.)
I Moroni, chief captain of the Nephites seek not for power, but to pull it down. I seek not for honor of the world, but for the glory of my God, and the freedom and welfare of my country. Amalickiah seeks to take away the freedom of this people for vanities sake. He demands a land that does not belong to him and threatens to avenge the wrongs of those that have received no wrong except they had wronged themselves because of their wickedness. Therefore, being angry because of the hardness of his heart, I rent my coat; and took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it–in memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives and our children–and fastened it upon the end of a pole and went forth among my people, With this “title of liberty” and having poured out my soul unto God, I rallied the people to come forth in the strength of the Lord and enter into a covenant that they would maintain their rights and their religion… and that the Lord may bless us. Oh that all were like unto Helaman’s 2000 young warriors for they were true at all times to whatever they were entrusted. Ye they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness and even according to their faith, it was done unto them. Because of this faith, many maintained their freedom. You must also stir yourselves to a greater comprehension of the need for this kind faith. Will you stand idle while other fight in your behalf? Will you deny the power of God by not seeking His will? God has a work for each of you to do. Who will follow me?!
(The girls in the room answer in unison; “I will”)
Moroni; Then arise and come forth that your flag and your light may be a standard to the nations.
(They raise their flags which are the value colors, or raise a candle light, and walk to the front of the room. At this point Amalickiah stomps out of the room angry because of his lack of success. The girls sing a song.)
(The Young women president gives a talk about the theme for the year and introduces the young women as those who hold their flag/light high. The young women [or selected young women] take turns giving examples from their own lives of how they are living the gospel standards as an example to others or of someone they have witnessed doing so.)