Angel Moroni


After he died, he became an angel who was tasked with directing Smith to their location in the 1820s.


The Angel Moroni () is an angel whom Joseph Smith reported as having visited him on numerous occasions, beginning on September 21, 1823.

In the latter, an editorial referred to the 1823 vision and praised "the glorious ministry and message of the angel Nephi".

He saw his hands and wrists, and they were pure and white." ==Appearances to Joseph Smith and others== Smith said that on the night of September 21, 1823, Moroni appeared to him and told him about the golden plates that were buried in a stone box a few miles from Smith's home.


Besides Smith, the Three Witnesses and several other witnesses also reported that they saw Moroni in visions in 1829. Moroni is thought by Latter Day Saints to be the same person as a Book of Mormon prophet-warrior named Moroni, who was the last to write in the golden plates.

Three Witnesses said they saw the angel in 1829: Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris.


Thus, in an 1831 letter from Lucy Mack Smith to her brother, she discusses Moroni as the person who buried the plates, but does not identify him as the unnamed "holy angel" that gave Smith the means to translate the golden plates.


According to Smith, he then returned the golden plates to Moroni after they were translated and, as of 1838, Moroni still had the plates in his possession. ==Angel's name and identity== There have been two conflicting accounts as to the name of the angel.

In July 1838, Smith wrote an article for the church periodical Elders' Journal, in the form of questions and answers, that stated the following: Question 4th.

Moroni, the person who deposited the plates, from whence the book of Mormon was translated, in a hill in Manchester, Ontario County, New York, as a resurrected being, appeared unto me, and told me where they were; and gave me directions how to obtain them. However, on May 2, 1838, a few months before Smith's statement in Elders' Journal, Smith began dictating a church history that included a detailed account of his visits from the angel.

Smith's 1838 identification as "Nephi" was left unchanged when the 1838 history was published in 1842 in Times and Seasons, which Smith edited himself, and in Millennial Star.

In the version of Smith's 1838 history published by the LDS Church, as well as the portion canonized by that denomination as the Pearl of Great Price, the name "Nephi" has been changed by editors to read "Moroni".


Smith's 1838 identification as "Nephi" was left unchanged when the 1838 history was published in 1842 in Times and Seasons, which Smith edited himself, and in Millennial Star.


It was designed by William Weeks (architect of the Nauvoo temple) and installed in January 1846.


In 1851, after Smith's death (1844), the identification as "Nephi" was repeated when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) published its first edition of the Pearl of Great Price.


This angel was placed on the Salt Lake Temple during the capstone ceremony on April 6, 1892, one year to the day before the temple was dedicated.


Knaphus fashioned a replica of the Dallin angel in the 1930s, but the casting of his angel wasn't placed on a temple until many years later.


Malin's angel, which was placed on the Los Angeles Temple in 1953, is known as the second Angel Moroni statue.


Temple, dedicated in 1974.


The Seattle Washington, Jordan River Utah, and México City México temples each have a 4.6 meter casting of this statue. Karl Quilter sculpted his first Angel Moroni in 1978.


In 1983, castings of this angel were placed on the Idaho Falls Temple (8th operating temple) and the Atlanta Temple (21st operating temple). Millard F.


In 1998, with the construction of many new smaller temples, Quilter was commissioned to create a new angel.

The Bern Switzerland Temple's Angel Moroni is patterned after Quilter's 1998 design.


Statues of the angel stand atop many LDS temples, with most statues facing east. In 2007, the LDS Church stated that an image of the angel Moroni in an advertisement violated one of the church's registered trademarks. ==Theorized origin of the name== Commenting on the name of the angel Moroni, Grant H.


On March 18, 2020, the trumpet held by the statue of Angel Moroni on the Salt Lake Temple fell to the ground as a result of a 5.7 magnitude earthquake. Torleif S.

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