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God and country: Mormons mix missions, military service

October 01, 2012
source: Deseret News

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MR says: "We see missionary service as an asset. When I watch these kids come back from missions, they are a great addition to our force. They tend to be more stable and mature." -Lt. Col. Michael J. Turley

Twenty-year-old Brady Knowles doesn't look the part of a lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps specializing as a field radio operator. With glasses, freckles, a bookish demeanor and a shock of red hair, he looks more the part of Harry Potter than Captain America.

But these days you won't see him in either fatigues or a red, white and blue superhero costume. Instead you'll see him wearing the white shirt and conservative tie of a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

While some in the LDS Church have felt Mormon young adults have to choose between serving full-time missions for the church and enlisting in the military, Elder/Lance Cpl. Knowles is part of a significant number of Latter-day Saints who are finding meaningful ways to serve both God and country.

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