Prophets and soldiers
It has been noted by author Stephen Mannsfield that the deepest yearning of the American soldier both in this war and wars past has been to know if their cause is just, or in other words, how they stand before God in their duty as soldiers. In past wars the Chaplains were allowed to follow the soldiers into battle, encourage them and, if so moved, confirm that their battles were just and approved of by God.
In our more recent wars, politics or cultural correctness has removed the Chaplain both from accompanying the soldiers into clashes and also from offering any consoling phrases as to whether their cause is just before God. This has left a serious gap the soldier is left to fill through his own spiritual determination or self-formed groups. Fortunately for those soldiers of the LDS faith (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), the leaders of their church have come out with a DvD for both the soldier and their families addressing this very concern called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled,Ã¢â‚¬Â made specifically with the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq in mind.
There is an introduction by Elder Boyd K. Packer, experiences, counsel, and wisdom from two General Authorities; Elders Robert Oaks and Lance Wickham, both of the 70 and both of whom served in Vietnam, and some final words by President Gordon B. Hinckley. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve decided to post some key quotes here to extend the influence of the powerful, comforting, and guiding testimonies available on the DvD. This will be an uncommonly lengthy post for me, but I think you will find it worth it.
Boyd K. Packer:
Boyd K Packer started out by promising soldiers Ã¢â‚¬Å“Great blessings come to those who serve and their families.Ã¢â‚¬Â Referring to scriptural Book of Mormon soldiers he said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“They were not fighting for monarchy nor for power, but for their homes, liberties, and their wives and children, and their rights of worship and their church, just as you are.Ã¢â‚¬Â He said further that we honor our countries by responding to our leaders in times of great difficulty.
Concerning a soldierÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s career, Elder Packer said Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is a difficult life but it is a good life and there is a power of inspiration that goes with it.Ã¢â‚¬Â Concluding Ã¢â‚¬Å“Many nations of the earth, particularly Asia, have been opened to missionary work by the service men and women who went there.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Elder Robert C. Oaks:
Elder Oaks opens his remarks in answer to a soldier in the war on terror who asked him, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Elder Oaks, how do I stand with God?Ã¢â‚¬Â ... [Read more]