Titles of Liberty: How I Apply A Great Hero’s Message To My Own Creations

Jul 04, 2024 by S. R. Watts

Growing up in Utah, I was raised to value the liberties that so many American citizens across the country enjoy. From freedom of speech to the right to worship God as my conscience would dictate to living and working wherever I wanted to, the United States was a land full of opportunities, unlike any other nation on the face of the earth. 

Also, having been raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I read stories about great heroes who once lived on the American continent over 2,000 years ago, long before men like George Washington and Paul Revere were ever born. One such man was a great military leader named Captain Moroni, a man who led his people in a glorious campaign to preserve their liberties in the face of a totalitarian movement that threatened to destroy the free government of the land. To rally his countrymen, Moroni rented his coat and inscribed upon it what became known as The Title of Liberty. This anthem read, “In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children,” which served to remind all who spoke it of the source of their blessings as well as the means to their eternal happiness.

While I know that many outside of the Church may have never heard of Moroni or his Title of Liberty, I personally believe that he sets a good example for all of us to live up to. His faith and courage amid overwhelming opposition demonstrate how hope is never truly lost when there is one good man still willing to stand for what is right. He has certainly shown me how to stand against the forces of oppression, giving me the courage to take risks that, if successful, will help millions of souls attain greater freedom in this life and the life to come.

As everyone who’s been following my blog knows already, I have dedicated my life to writing what I believe to be the greatest epic ever told. A fantasy series called “The Divine Saga,” in which the hero, Harius, goes on a journey through an apocalyptic world in search of mystical keys with the power to unlock his divine destiny. The story’s central message about the power of faith has many layers of meaning, the chief being the power that our agency has to help us fulfill our divine destiny. The story has at its heart a theme about one of the core tenets of agency, and that is the freedom to choose. While I won’t give away any plot points here, I will say that many characters within “The Divine Saga,” including Harius, are given many opportunities to exercise their freedom to choose, producing consequences that either help them progress toward greater liberties or fall deeper into bondage.

While I do strive to entertain my readers with an epic plot and engaging characters, “The Divine Saga” was always meant to be something more than that. I wanted my story to empower readers with the knowledge that they, too, can exercise their agency, giving them greater opportunities to progress in life. It is to be a means of escape that, upon its conclusion, had forged the reader into a more confident, resilient individual who could stand up to the tyranny of the world without fear of reprisal. My books have, in a sense, become my Title of Liberty, making me a modern-day Moroni in the process.

Now, all that’s left to do is to finish writing the entire series, promote the books as I finish them, and rally my fans around what could be described as a unifying banner that few fantasy franchises have managed to accomplish. Some would say that I’m a dreamer and that my ambitions are too idealistic to ever come true. However, I know that it is the ideals that go against the grain of society that wind up changing the world, and I am determined to see the world become a better place before I am destined to depart it for the next life. This is the cause I will gladly give my life for, just as Captain Moroni was so willing to give his life for the Liberty of his people.