New appreciation for Pahoran

After our lesson today in Elders Quorum meeting, I have a greater appreciation for Pahoran in the Book of Mormon. When things were getting rough for Captain Moroni, one of the greatest figures in the Book of Mormon, he sent a letter to Pahoran, the governor of the land, complaining that he and his troops weren’t getting enough support from the government as they were struggling against all odds to protect their land from the Lamanites.

Moroni was pretty hard on Pahoran. Here’s one line in the letter:

Can you think to sit upon your thrones in a state of thoughtless stupor, while your enemies are spreading the work of death around you?  (Alma 60:7)

Pahoran, as it turned out, was a very good man, and was struggling to stay in power because of evil and designing men who were trying to take control of the government. He responded quickly to Moroni’s letter. Here’s one of the lines in his letter: your epistle you have censured me, but it mattereth not; I am not angry, but do rejoice in the greatness of your heart. (Alma 61:9)

Captain Moroni, although a very righteous man himself, made some false assumptions about Pahoran, and wrongly accused him. I always felt that Moroni was overly harsh with the Pahoran. A lesser man than Pahoran would have responded in anger or not at all.

I have learned new appreciation and respect for this man because of my own letter/email/text message-writing experiences in attempts to fix things or mend broken relationships.

I have resolved to do my best to be more like Pahoran.


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