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“Beloved by All the People”: A Fresh Look at Captain Moroni

Title“Beloved by All the People”: A Fresh Look at Captain Moroni
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsBoyce, Duane
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsAnger; Captain Moroni

In his well-known volume about the Book of Mormon, Grant Hardy focuses primarily on the book’s main narrators. However, he also makes a number of observations about other figures in the book that are of particular interest, including some about Captain Moroni. In addition to those I address elsewhere, these observations range from the assertion that Captain Moroni slaughtered his political opponents in one instance, to his claim that Moroni is not depicted as “particularly religious,” to his claim that Moroni had a “quick temper.” The question is: Are such observations supported in the text? Carefully examining this question both shows the answer to be “no” and allows a deeper look into Captain Moroni.