In honor of those who have served their country, in 2017 the Tabernacle Choir released this moving performance and tribute to the Armed Forces.
Many Church members and even many prophets have served in the Armed Forces. In the 2003 April general conference, President Gordon B. Hinckley spoke of the wars many Church members have been involved in, including the war we all took a part in, the war in heaven. He then shared this beautiful story:
In a touching letter I received just this week, a mother wrote of her Marine son who is serving for the second time in a Middle Eastern war. She says that at the time of his first deployment, “he came home on leave and asked me to go for a walk. … He had his arm around me and he told me about going to war. He … said, ‘Mom, I have to go so you and the family can be free, free to worship as you please. … And if it costs me my life … then giving my life is worth it.’” He is now there again and has written to his family recently, saying, “I am proud to be here serving my nation and our way of life. … I feel a lot safer knowing our Heavenly Father is with me.”
We are so grateful for all those who serve and sacrifice for their countries and their families.
Editor's note: This article was originally published in May 2017.