Moroni (/moroni/) is an angel that visited Joseph Smith on multiple times beginning on September 21, 1823. The angel , according to Smith, was the custodian of the golden plates, which were buried on the hill Cumorah near Smith’s house in western New York; Latter-day Saints believe the plates were the primary material for the Book of Mormon. Moroni is a key character in the Latter Day Saint movement’s theology and is shown heavily in Mormon architecture and art. Apart from Smith, the Three Witnesses and a number of other witnesses claimed to have seen Moroni in visions in 1829. Latter-day Saints believe Moroni is the same person as a Book of Mormon prophet-warrior named Moroni, who was the final to write on the golden plates. According to the narrative, Moroni buried them prior to his death following a major war between two pre-Columbian civilizations. Following his death, he was transformed into an angel entrusted with pointing Smith to their location in the 1820s. According to Smith, he then returned the golden plates to Moroni following their translation, and as of 1838, Moroni retained possession of the plates.