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Moroni - 1st attempt by raemanzu Moroni - 1st attempt by raemanzu
Moroni has always stood out to me as a person with a quiet kind of courage...the kind that defeats enemies like loneliness and the temptations to slip away because you feel like you're the only one on your side. This isn't anywhere near the kind of quality portrait I wanted to give him, but it's a start toward the road that'll take me to where I can draw what I have seen in my mind. The son of the abridger of the Book of Mormon...the last keeper of the Gold Plates...unheeded prophet, and servant of the Lord. He's one of my heroes.

(( the following quotation is kind of long... just as a warning... but it's good reading! ))

Mormon chapter 8, various verses

"Behold I, Moroni, do finish the record of my father, Mormon. Behold, I haev but few things to write, which things I have been commanded by my father.
And now it came to pass that after the great and tremendous battle at Cumorah, behold, the Nephites who had escaped into the country southward were hunted by the Lamanites, until they were all destroyed.
And my father also was killed by them, and I even remain alone to write the sad tale of the destruction of my people...
Therefore I write and hide up the records in the earth; and whither I go it mattereth not.
Behold, my father hath made this record, and he hath written the intent thereof. And behold, I would write it also if I had room upon the plates, but I have not; and ore I have none, for I am alone. My father hath been slain in battle, and all my kinsfolk, and I have not friends nor wither to go; and how long the Lord will suffer that I may live I know not.
Behold, four hundred years have passed away since the coming of our Lord and Savior.
And behold the Lamanites have hunted my people, theNephites...even until they are no more...
...And the whole face of the land is one continual round of murder and bloodshed; and no one knoweth the end of the war.
And there are none that do know the true God save it be the disciples of Jesus, who did tarry in the land until the wickedness of the people was so great that the Lord would not suffer them to remain with the people; and whether they be upon the face of the land no man knoweth.
But behold, my father and I have seen them, and they have ministered unto us.
And whoso receiveth this record, and shall not condemn it because of the imperfections which are in it, the same shall know of greater things than these. Behold, I am Moroni; and were it possible, I would make all things known unto you.
And I am the same who hideth up this record unto the Lord...the record thereof is of great worth; and whoso shall bring it to light, him will the Lord bless.
And blessed be he that shall bring this thing to light; for it shall be brought out of darkness unto light, according to the word of God; yea, it shall be brought out of the earth, and it shall shine forth out of darkness, and come unto the knowledge of the people; and it shall be done by the power of God.
And if there be faults they be the faults of man.
Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come, at that day when these things shall come forth among you.
Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.

Chapter 9, various verses
Behold I say unto you, he that denieth these things knoweth not the gospel of Christ; yeah, he has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not understand them.
For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no...shadow of changing?
But behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles...
And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do no miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.
Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in our eyes? Yea, and who can comprehend the marvelous works of God?
And who shall say that Jesus Christ did not do many mighty miracles? And there were many might miracles wrought by the hands of the apostles.
And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.
O then despise not, and wonder not, but hearken unto the words of the Lord, and ask the Father in the name of Jesus for what things soever ye shall stand in need. Doubt not, but be believing, and begin as in times of old, and come unto the Lord with all your heart, and work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him.
Behold, I speak unto you as though I spake from the dead; for I know that ye shall have my words.
Comdemn me not because of mine imperfection, enither my father, because of his imperfection, neither them who have written before him; but rather give thanks unto God that he hath made manifest unto you our imperfections, that ye may learn to be more wise than we have been.
And now, behold, we have written this record according to to our knowledge, in the characters which are called among us the reformed Egyptian, being handed down and altered by us, according to our manner of speech.
...and if we could have written in Hebrew, behold, ye would have had no imperfection in our record.

Ether 12, various verses.

And I said unto him: Lord, the Gentiles will mock at these things, because of our weakness in writing, for Lord thou hast made us mighty in word by faith, but thou hast not made us mighty in writing, for thou hast made all this people that they could speak much, because of the Holy Ghost which thou hast given them;
And thou hast made us that we could write but little, because of the awkwardness of our hands.
Thou hast also made our words powerful and great, even that we cannot write them; wherefore, when we write we behold our weakness, and stumble because of the placing of our words; and I fear lest the Gentiles shall mocka t our words.
And when I had said this, the Lord spake unto me, saying: Fools mock, but they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they shall take no advantage of your weakness.
And I, Moroni, having heard these words, was comforted, and said: O Lord, thy righteous will be done, for I know that thou workest unto the children of men according to their faith.
And now I, Moroni, bid farewell unto the Gentiles; yea, and also unto my brethren whom I love, until we shall meet before the judgment-seat of Christ...
And then shall ye know that I have seen Jesus, and that he hath talked with me face to face, and that he told me in plain humility, even as a man telleth another in mine own language, concerning these things;
And only a few have I written, because of my weakness in writing.
And now, I would commend you to seek this Jesus of whom the prophets and apostles have written, that the grace of God the Father, and also the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost, which beareth record of them, may be and abide in you forever. Amen.

....that was kind of long...sorry! I just...really love Moroni's words. They're so powerful...*Got wrapped up in them*
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ashestoApples Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! :thumbsup:
Mormon deviants, I like. ^^
We gotta stick together!
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thanks! :D
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Piki-chan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
Moroni is my favorite Book of Mormon Hero <3
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
thanks!
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meg-sway Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful rendition of Moroni. I love the emotion in his eyes. Bravo!
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Aw thank you so much! :hug: I'm glad you like it!
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meg-sway Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
No problem! I was thinking about doing a series of pencil drawings of people of the book of mormon.It's nice to know I'm not the only latter day saint! Man, I'm glad I found all of you guys on Army of Helaman.
:D...and thank you for the hug! :glomp:
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, I'm really glad introduced me to the army of Helaman after seeing my first vision picture, I really needed some spiritual boosting at that time and it's great to be able to meet fellow lds deviants :D :hug:
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SarsBot Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
I don't have anything against mormons, but being a Christian I don't believe what they believe, at least not all of it. ALl I believe is that Jesus is the only son of God and that he is the only way to heaven.

I never really knew anything about it besides people who came to our house trying to sell us a bible that they added things in.

:shrug: Our preacher has read the book to learn more about it. Pretty cool. ^.^
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Everybody's entitled to believe what they want to :D Mormons are christian too, we believe exactly what you said, that Jesus is the only son of God and that he is the only way to heaven. ^_^

A bible they added things in? That's kind of weird. *laughs*

Oh, that IS pretty cool. I'm always glad when people take the time to find out for themselves about us instead of just believing what other people say.
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SarsBot Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
I try to always hear everthing before making my judgements. From what I heard and what other mormons said < at least here in Georgia > they believe Jesus came here to America which I find a bit silly and egotistical < Sorry for bad spelling> There were never any proof of him coming here.

From what I heard is that they have the real bible then they have the Book of Mormon that is about Jesus coming here to America and some other stuff I suppose.

Of cource this is what I've seen and heard here in Georgia, but then my moms friend was brought up mormon and said her church focused on Jesus. Which shows I guess they're all different.. I guess it's like Christian Chrurchs you know?? They might believe the same things but then the screaming guys go and say you're going to hell if you're homosexual, which I believe is wrong but I think those guys are going to be going to hell because they're keeping them from ever knowing the love and stuff. we had one of the bull horn guys come to our chruch nd scream at us because we're not a formal Church, we can wear what we want listen to what we want. it's so silly.

Hope it doesn't sound like I was putting down mormons. Cause I'm not I'm just trying to understand things more. :)
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
well sounds like you haven't heard anything too wacky about us...most of that's true, about Jesus coming to america and us having the real bible and stuff. I've never heard about any screaming guys...o.0 we aren't supportive of homosexuality but we don't scream about it *laughs*

Lol I understand. Thanks for the comments.
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SarsBot Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2005
If there was actual facts of him coming to America I could believe it but there's nothing really.

Oh no no it's not mormans that do the screaming, it's these, I don't know what they're called. Not Babtists I don't thinkm they say they're Christians but they're terrible to people.
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
wow...sounds scary o.0
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SarsBot Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2005
It is, Eri-kun and I wanted to pretend we were brother and sister and go in front of them and start making out but when we were actually going to we got scared.
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Phrithish Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
... book of Mormon. :wow: wooww... you make me happy. Great idea... I love Moroni :)

:hug::rose::aww::sun:
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
:hug: I'm glad you like it! ^_^
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Animeshikanai Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005
That's cool. I've been wanting to learn a bit more about the Mormon's teachings but haven't gotten around to it lately. I've read a book regarding Mormonism, mostly dealing with the non-mainstream groups and such, but haven't gotten a chance to read anything from the book of Mormon. Also was attempting to read the Bible straight through, although that got put on hold as well. Perhaps I'll pick it up again tonight. Thanks.
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Wow...I'm glad...this has affected you! :D Although just as a warning, you have to be kind of careful about what you pick up to read about Mormonism, because there are alot of people and books out there against us. If you really want to learn about us, then it IS a good idea to read the book of mormon, since that's our defining book of scripture, and contains some of the most essential points of what we believe. Reading the bible is great too! ...so yeah, you should! :hug: It lifts me up to think I may have influenced someone with what I posted! Thank you for letting me know.

Also, if you ever have any questions about mormonism, you could always send me a note, and I'll try to answer it as best I can...if you want....*grin*
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Animeshikanai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
Yeah.*wipes dust off bible* Been busy with school and forgot about my goal to read through the whole bible. Think I got through the 2nd part of Kings before I stopped. Got it bookmarked.

And yeah, since I'm not Mormon, all I knew about it was what other non-Mormon people said, which normally wasn't that good. Basing my thougths off of people's random comments about the religion didn't seem fair to me so I thought I should read into it. I hope I can go to one of their church services some time and see what its like. *have no clue*

As an International Studies major I should know a bit about as many cultures and relgions as possible, even if my focus is East Asian. Holding bias opinions won't get me anywhere and since i'm going into Education too, I need to make sure I don't give kids the wrong ideas about anything. :nod:
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
*happy* that's really cool! Yeah, it makes me very glad when people actually decide to find out for themselves what we're like...going to one of our church services is definitely a good idea if you wanna learn more. The people there'd probably be happy to tell you anything you wanted to know! I know how frustrating it has been for me when people get the wrong idea about us because of what other people have assumed or spread around as rumor, so thanks so much for being so open-minded!

wow, that's really awesome...International Studies major...*nods* I try to find out exactly how other religions are also so I won't be jumping to wrong conclusions should I ever meet anyone of that faith.
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Animeshikanai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
Yeah, I'm majoring in Internation Studies, with a focus in East Asia, and Education. I've realized that even though I'm learning a lot about Japan/China/Korea ect.. I still don't know a lot about other places and people, especially the ones close to home. Thinks its good to have a broad range of knowledge. :nod:

Yeah, I'm sure the Mormons will be more than happy to give me information. Think I'll see if there is a Later Day Saint place on or near campus. I'm sure there is. :nod:
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
oh and! *feels like she's maybe overdoing it* here are the adresses to the church websites. I looked 'em up today and they've got alot of information that's easy to get to...it can even help people find out where the closest meetinghouse is! ^_^

lds.org and mormon.org
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Animeshikanai Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
LOL. Ok, I'll check it out later. Probably won't sit in on the church until early next semester. Lots of stuff and finals now, however, seeing the church at Xmas might be interesting. Also, if you have any questions about anything Asian just ask!
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
ahh thanks! *nods* I can't think of any questions right now....but I'm sure I'll have some later :D
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Coolness! I wanna learn more about asian stuff too :D

Okay! Good luck! :bounce:
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QueenZora Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice work.
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
thanks! :D
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QueenZora Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome :D
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Sunfur Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! *favs* It's such and awesome picture. Thank you for drawing it!
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raemanzu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
aww thank you so much! :hug: That makes me feel so nice and happy! :bounce:
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Sunfur Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you are! ^___^
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