Joburg’s Angels … the angel Moroni

One of the most visible landmarks in the Parktown area is the gold plated angel looking over the southern skyline (as we are looking North) on one of the spires of the Mormon Temple in Parktown.  I live close by and I love to catch a glimpse of him, especially in the evenings when the temple is brightly lit even in the light pollution of the big city.  There is something about being watched by an angel that is comforting, even if the angel belongs to a tradition that one does not follow.

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A brief history is that Mormons (Latter-Day Saints) believe that the angel Moroni appeared to their founder, Joseph Smith, in the 1820s and showed him where the gold plates which he translated into The Book of Mormon were buried.

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They believe that the angel Moroni is the angel mentioned in the Bible (Revelation 14:6-7): Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth-to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”

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Me?  I just look up and smile, enjoying the blessing.  A golden angel hovering in the sky is just one of the many, many things I love about the city of my birth.

Note:  The photographs used in this article are all taken from the website of the Temple of the Latter-Day Saints in Johannesburg. http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/johannesburg/gallery/.

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About moirads

Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).
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