In his apology, Colt said, “I recognize my actions that have brought shame upon myself, my family, my friends, and my beautiful country. Will the LDS Church condemn the right wing’s Capitol violence? Some of his remarks then seem prophetic in hindsight. It feels like Colt offered the apology because he is now afraid he is going to wind up in jail — which he absolutely should — and not because he means it. Colt’s reprehensible involvement was not the only Mormon sighting at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Captain Moroni saving the constitution that’s hanging by a thread! Just so we’re clear: Someone who had literally just participated in an act of domestic terrorism in order to disrupt the functioning of the United States government then accused the Speaker of the House of being a traitor. What is St. Matthew’s, the church Biden will attend on Inauguration Day? In explaining his decision, Romney pointed to old-fashioned values like honesty and integrity, values he had learned as a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The question ahead is which one we will allow to define us. Thank God we also have Mitt Romney, who showed what people of our faith are capable of. liberties, property, wives and children . Noting that at least one Capitol rioter was dressed as Captain Moroni from the Book of Mormon and that a much-publicized participant, Josiah Colt, … Alma 46:11-13 “Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities. Along with dozens of others carrying Trump 2020 flags, Crapo, 64, carried a large flag replicating the “Title of Liberty” — a makeshift banner that a revered Book of Mormon military commander, Captain Moroni, used to inspire soldiers to fight for their religion. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta). Some have argued that Joseph Smith cribbed and spun names from stories about Captain Kidd, a famous pirate and treasure-hunter, to get Cumorah and Moroni in the Book of Mormon. He also stated the president “seeks not the praise of the world,” which could not be further from the truth in describing the self-aggrandizing Trump. Was a man of God, Alma 48:11–18. At the Capitol, we saw the best and the worst of US Mormonism ... a reference to the character of Captain Moroni from the Book of Mormon. “This is what you’ve gotten, guys,” he reportedly said as they were ushered to safety. Ex-Mormon missionary ‘sorry’ for breaching the Capitol and calling Nancy Pelosi a ‘traitor’ and a ‘bitch’ ... (not Colt) was “dressed as Captain Moroni. The mob proceeded to breach the Capitol. He has deleted his social media profiles, so it’s hard to tell. Sen. Lee says comparing Trump to Book of Mormon hero Capt. “...Now, rather than confront reality, he has encouraged his supporters to attack the United States Senate and House of Representatives.”, The statement calls out what Taber says are the “fruits” of Trump’s policies on display in the melee: “the Confederate battle flag being waved inside the U.S. Capitol today, something that never happened during the U.S. Civil War.”, Former Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and co-chair of Latter-day Saints for Trump, said, “Without any pause, caveat, or equivocation, I condemn the riots taking place at the U.S. Capitol.”, “Enough is enough,” he added. The thing is, LARPing ends when insurrection begins. What Americans believe about violence against the government, Conspiracy theories and the ‘American Madness’ that gripped the Capitol, How self-proclaimed ‘prophets’ from a growing Christian movement provided religious motivation for the Jan. 6 events at the US Capitol, © Copyright 2020, Religion News Service. I do not know whether Colt is a practicing Mormon today, or if he left the Church at some point. This is not the first time Trump supporters have attempted to claim this freedom-loving verse from Alma 46 for their own twisted political purposes. “I was the first one that hopped down into the chamber, and I was the first one to sit in Nancy Pelosi …” he bragged, going on to use a gender slur and then saying, “She’s a traitor, she’s treasonous.”. … What happened here today was an insurrection incited by the president of the United States.”. Postscript: @aMayzingAlyssaM’s take on Romney’s stink-eye view of Missouri Senator Josh Hawley won the Mormon internet yesterday, bringing a welcome chuckle in a dark time. Captain Moroni is presented as a righteous and skilled military commander. Among his accomplishments were his extensive preparations for battle and his fierce defense of the … According to the Book of Mormon, Captain Moroni was an important Nephite military commander and patriot who lived during the first century BC. Joe Biden’s family Bible anchors faith-infused inaugural events, The Rev. Let the consequence follow. While calling her the B-word. . … deductible. One protester at the Capital this week show up dressed like Captain Moroni carrying a copy of the “Title of Liberty” flag that character used in the Book of Mormon. . How honest is that? Oh, and while we’re at it? Let the consequence follow.”. Asked why: "the Church does not make statements on issues that are not global in nature." Did Captain Moroni actually storm the Capitol or is the picture meant to associate him with the guilty? Captain Moroni was a man of such integrity, sincerity, and passion that he would move Heaven and earth to fulfill his covenants, defend his country, and secure his people’s Freedom. . He would have had to have A) Seen a map of the Comoros archipelago with the Grand Comore island and Moroni as capital city (Moroni as capital city cannot be found as capital of Grand Comore until a few decades after the death of Joseph Smith) or, after looking at this map that supposedly would have the name Comoro and Comore, he would have to have B) Chosen the island of Anjouan out of the four … .” (David Ramsey 5): D&C 134:2 ” . All rights reserved. . In October, Utah Senator Mike Lee offered a fawning and outrageous comparison of the Book of Mormon” hero Captain Moroni to Donald Trump. ... Captain Moroni saving the … A high school girlfriend said on Twitter she had no idea the Idaho native “grew up and became a terrorist.” A man who knew Colt in high school told KTVB he was “shocked” and didn’t want people to think his actions represented their hometown. Do what is right. 580 votes, 189 comments. Acquaintances of Colt’s are registering shock. (RNS) — The man who “hopped down” into the Senate chambers during Wednesday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol has been identified as Josiah Colt, a former missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, according to East Idaho News. © 1996-2021 The Salt Lake Tribune. . In particular, he called out Trump’s approval of violence, his attempts to curtail the freedom of the press, and his claims to be a super-successful businessman while also refusing to release his tax returns. Thank you for standing for values that are supposed to define what it means to be a Latter-day Saint. He sought not power, but to pull it down. Man Dressed as Captain Moroni at Capitol: His Testimony and My Disclaimer UPDATED Man Dressed as Captain Moroni at Capitol: His Testimony and My Disclaimer UPDATED By Meadowchik , He said he had taken an oath before God to exercise impartial justice, and he had a duty to honor that oath. Mormon men still like Donald Trump. Inspired the Nephite soldiers to fight for their freedom, Alma 43:48–50. So, to Mitt Romney, I want to say: Thank you for being a voice of reason in the Republican Party and the nation. According to the church , there are 436,521 LDS members in Arizona. Its tone is sharply at odds with the boastful video he posted of himself just after storming the building on Wednesday. Even though emotions ran high \u2014 and despite the occasional verbal altercation \u2014 the rally at Utah's Capitol in Salt Lake City remained mostly peaceful. Sen. Mike Lee’s just one example. And I hope members of the Church will look to your example rather than the example of violence and white male rage on display this week at the U.S. Capitol. First, Moroni is made the chief captain at the ripe old age of 25. William Barber II to headline interfaith inauguration prayer service, In Biden’s Cabinet, Catholics and Jews dominate. “In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children,” the flag read. In an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News, Wallace cautioned, “Donald Trump will never forgive you for this.” Romney replied with the words of a classic Mormon hymn: “Do what is right. In a Facebook post, Lee explained the point he was trying to make, admitting that comparing Trump to Moroni was “perhaps awkward.” I may not agree with you on political issues, but you have earned my respect. Read the homily Joe Biden heard Inauguration Day morning. The Salt Lake Tribune, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity and contributions are tax We saw two American Mormonisms on offer on Wednesday, charting two very different possible futures. Like standing up for what’s right even when it’s not popular. Then Alma the younger (prophet of 20 years) disappears, leaving his post to his son Helaman. He also confused the House and the Senate. Members of Utah’s Congressional delegation have had mixed experiences with President Donald Trump. Also pictured in the crowd of Trumpublicans was a man carrying a “standard of liberty” flag, a reference to the character of Captain Moroni from the Book of Mormon. “Our institutions are undergoing a stress test that they can only survive if our elected officials show unity in this critical moment. Like honoring forgotten American values like truth and evidence and reason rather than lies and conspiracy theories. “We gather due to a selfish man’s injured pride, and the outrage of supporters who he has deliberately misinformed for the past two months and stirred to action this very morning. And on Wednesday, when armed insurrectionists surged into the U.S. Capitol building, he was quick to confront Senate colleagues who had enabled Trump’s conspiracy theories and played with overturning a legitimate election and undermining the norms established by the Constitution. After Capitol siege, LDS Church points to Dallin Oaks' General Conference speech that denounced any post-election violence. At the riot on Capitol Hill, a man dressed as Captain Moroni held up a homemade Title of Liberty. THUMBS DOWN: To the zealot, we presume a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who dressed as Book of Mormon stalwart Captain Moroni.Moroni carries a … We should all aspire to be like Captain Moroni,” Carroll said. 10 And thus he [Captain Moroni] was preparing to support their liberty, their lands, their wives, and their children, and their peace, and that they might live unto the Lord their God, and that they might maintain that which was called by their enemies the cause of Christians. Long before this week, Sen. Romney was already on record — repeatedly — as standing up to Donald Trump. Made a title of liberty out of a piece of his coat, Alma 46:12–13. In the moment I thought I was doing the right thing. In this episode we discuss: - Captain Moroni at the Storm the Capitol rally - Mitt Romney getting heckled on a plane - Who would win in a 12 apostle cage fight? "Also pictured in the crowd of Trumpublicans was a man carrying a 'standard of liberty' flag, a reference to the character of Captain Moroni from the Book of Mormon," Riess wrote. secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life.” Video screengrab. That was Mike Pence’s seat he occupied, not Pelosi’s — Pence, the vice-president whose execution was called for by some of the armed insurgents. Mike Lee compares Donald Trump to Latter-day Saint hero Captain Moroni Alyssa Roberts 10/29/2020 Capitol riot live updates: More arrests, violence … Top officials in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints declined to comment on Wednesday’s assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump, a siege that included a banner, “We peacefully accept the results of elections. Yes, I’m judging. The bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics,” Romney said. We will not participate in the violence threatened by those disappointed with the outcome,” said, “For the last decade, we have watched Donald Trump use baseless accusations to undermine the legitimacy of the United States government and to accrue power to himself,” Taber said in a news release. Utah Senator Mike Lee faced some backlash after he compared Donald Trump to Captain Moroni at a rally yesterday. Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana). Lee posted a video of his appearance at the Latinos for Trump rally in Arizona on Oct. 28, 2020. #lightoftheworld #coup #cnn Within 5 years, Nephihah (chief judge for 15 years) dies, leaving his post to his son Pahoran. Lee told a crowd that the president is like Captain Moroni, a hero from the scripture of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), sometimes called Mormons. Will they? Captain Moroni interviewed at the US Capitol. We are a nation of laws, not individuals — and the foremost responsibility of every member of Congress is to uphold our Constitution and the integrity of the democratic process.”, copying the “Title of Liberty” used by the Book of Mormon’s Captain Moroni, sermon at its October General Conference by Dallin H. Oaks, Oaks, a former Utah Supreme Court justice, national director of Latter-day Saints for Biden/Harris. In the spring of 2016, when it began to appear as though Trump was going to secure the party’s nomination, Romney sounded the alarm in no uncertain terms. Colt documented his actions Wednesday on his own social channels and has since begged his home state to forgive him and deleted his online accounts. All rights reserved. “To my Mormon friends, think of him as Captain Moroni,” Lee said. Sen. Mitt Romney, left, has a hard look toward Sen. Josh Hawley, Wednesday evening, Jan. 6, 2021. Top Mormon leaders get Covid vaccine and urge church members to do the same. "To my Mormon friends, my Latter-day Saint friends, think of him as Captain Moroni," Lee said at an LDS rally for Trump. In the Book of Mormon there is reference to the angel Moroni, son of Mormon, and to the hill, Cumorah. (Jose Luis Magana | The Associated Press) Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. Misleading reporting going on here. “In … Its capital city is Moroni and Moroni is located on the largest island of Comoros named Grand Comore. Moroni was appointed chief captain of all the Nephite armies, Alma 43:16–17. I realize now that my actions were inappropriate and I beg for forgiveness from America and my home state of Idaho.”. He should have also mentioned his actions have brought shame upon his church, which will inevitably be criticized for its connection to him. George Washington Captain Moroni “We have taken up Arms in defense of our Liberty, our Property; our Wives and our Children.” (George Washington 4) “. In the past year, trying to do his job as a U.S. Thank God Mike Lee and Josiah Colt don’t get to have the last word on what Mormons in America stand for. Thankfully, Pence had been ushered to safety just minutes before. “Captain Moroni was a government official, not a prophet. A forum for ex-mormons and others who have been affected by mormonism to share … Captain Moroni guy did enter the Capital building (C/o John Larson who posted this to r/exmo) Romney was correct about all that and more. 186k members in the exmormon community. In response, his office released the following passages of scripture about Captain Moroni to show that, with only a little tweaking, Trump is a perfect fit. Later, when the Senate reconvened to formally accept the election’s certification, he was equally clear about the danger Trump has posed to the nation. He knew that there is a price to be paid for Liberty and that everyone must pay it. “To my Mormon friends, my Latter-day Saint friends, think of him (Trump) as Captain Moroni,” Lee told Arizona supporters. He apologized on Thursday for his role in the armed insurrection, which brought terror to many, disrupted the actions of government and resulted in at least five deaths. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, speaks to reporters as he arrives at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 27, 2020, during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. In the last few weeks, as a faction of the GOP bought into Trump’s false narrative about a stolen election, Romney stood his ground and called it out for what it was: nonsense. He is first mentioned in the Book of Alma as "the chief captain over the Nephites." (photo courtesy The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) President Dallin H. Oaks speaks during the Sunday afternoon session of General Conference on April 5, 2020. Moroni wasn't meant to offend By Ryan Miller and Lauren Bennett, | Updated - Oct. 29, 2020 at 11:36 p.m. | Posted - … Senator in the chaos of the Trump administration, Romney has continued to be vocal in his criticisms — even to the point of being the only Republican Senator to vote to remove Trump from office in 2020 after he was impeached by the House of Representatives. Lee is a member of the church. SALT LAKE CITY ( KUTV) — A man photographed hanging from a balcony above the U. S. Senate Wednesday, in a widely distributed photo from Getty Images, is from Idaho and has been identified by several sources as Josiah Colt. Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our, whose execution was called for by some of the armed insurgents, Senator Mike Lee offered a fawning and outrageous comparison of the Book of Mormon” hero Captain Moroni to Donald Trump. The names of the islands and of the capital city in the Comoros, Moroni, has raised interest among members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Donate to the newsroom now.