Joseph F. Smith on War and Loving Thy Enemy

On 6 April 1917, as the Latter-day Saints met in General Conference in Salt Lake City, the United States formally entered the Great War, the unfathomably deadly and destructive war that had been raging in Europe and in the overseas possessions of European powers since the summer of 1914.

President Joseph F. Smith rose to address the Saints on their responsibilities as Saints during that awful time:

"In speaking of nationalities we all understand or should that in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there is neither Greek nor Jew nor Gentile; in other words, there is neither Scandinavian nor Swiss nor German nor Russian nor British, nor any other nationality. We have become brothers in the household of faith, and we should treat the people from these nations that are at war with each other, with due kindness and consideration. . . .

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