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The Holy Ghost in the Book of Moroni: Possessed of Charity

TitleThe Holy Ghost in the Book of Moroni: Possessed of Charity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsWright, Newell D., and Val Larsen
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsApotheosis; Charity; Gift of the Holy Ghost; Holy Ghost; Moroni (Book); Moroni (Son of Mormon); Power of the Holy Ghost; Theosis

The role played by the Holy Ghost is an especially important connecting thread that runs through the Book of Moroni. The book illuminates the various ways in which the Holy Ghost transforms fallen human beings into redeemed members of the kingdom of God. Three phrases — “cleave unto charity,” “possessed of it,” and “that ye may be filled with this love” — are particularly revelatory of the role the Holy Ghost plays in our exaltation. But the positive process illuminated by these phrases has an obverse. Those who reject the Holy Ghost cleave to and are possessed of Satan. They are filled with his hatred. Though his message is primarily positive, Moroni has witnessed and describes what happens to those who reject the influence of the Holy Ghost.