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An Autobiographical Collection of Observations and Investigations

by J. Wanless Southwick, Ph.D.




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Angel Moroni Icon

When searching for an icon to designate our Mormon convert ancestors, I finally chose the Angel Moroni symbol. Almost every Mormon temple has a golden statue of the Angel Moroni perched on a spire of the temple. Thus the image of a trumpeting angel has become associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In Mormon theology, the Angel Moroni is associated with the biblical scripture in Revelation 14:6 which reads "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people."

When our convert ancestors listened to preaching by missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they essentially heard the everlasting gospel heralded by that angel. Their response changed their lives, contributed to the growth of the restored Church of Jesus Christ, and impacted us, their posterity, in a major way.

Temple in Montevideo, Uruguay

"On most temples there is a golden statue of a man in flowing robes, with a long horn pressed to his lips. The statue depicts the angel Moroni, an ancient prophet and a central figure in the Book of Mormon. The statue is symbolic of the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world."  Quote from newsroom.

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