Military

November 11, 2021 07:00 AM MST
Many of our prophets and apostles have served in their respective country's military, including each member of our First Presidency. Here are powerful spiritual lessons these prophets and apostles learned during their military service.
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May 23, 2020 11:00 AM MDT
Jennie Taylor remembers the evening of November 2, 2018, so well. It was the first time she had seen many of her college girlfriends in what seemed like forever. Their overnight reunion included plenty of laughs and shared stories about each other’s kids and husbands. Jennie was convinced that her mom was right when she encouraged her to leave her seven children and take an overnight trip with the girls a few hours from their Utah home.
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October 18, 2019 12:58 PM MDT
For Howard Wimberly of Greenwood, Florida, being friends with Albert Lane, a 97-year-old WWII veteran, has taught him one thing: It’s never too late in life to come unto Christ.
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July 04, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
While training at the Army Operational Emergency Medical School, U.S. Army Special Forces Combat Medic Staff Sergeant Leo Jenkins noted:
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June 12, 2019 12:23 PM MDT
In February — and for the first time in more than 40 years — the State of Kuwait gave official recognition to a religious organization. That organization is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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May 27, 2019 03:10 PM MDT
"You obeyed orders. You did it precisely. You did it accurately, and if you didn't, then you paid for it."
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May 25, 2019 09:11 AM MDT
Latter-day Saints have a rich heritage of patriotism, going all the way back to the twelfth Article of Faith. Many have pledged their lives in military service as a part of that patriotism, and the Saints at War Project has collected the stories, photographs, and artifacts of their experiences. Here are just a few.
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May 24, 2019 04:16 PM MDT
“They killed him on a ruck march?” I heard myself say, almost as if I weren’t the one speaking.
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May 16, 2019 09:07 AM MDT
“I feel like I am constantly living in an alternate universe.”
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May 15, 2019 05:16 PM MDT
While visiting Brigham Young University's ROTC, US Army Brig. Gen. William D. “Hank” Taylor shared how the military helped him become a better Latter-day Saint.
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April 09, 2019 03:00 PM MDT
In the Anbar province, Iraq, near the end of March 2019, four Utah National Guard soldiers saw a surreal yet familiar sight: the Salt Lake Temple drove into view on the Al-Taqaddum Air Base. The men were 45 miles from Baghdad and 20 miles from Fallujah, Iraq's city of 200 mosques. In the heart of Iraq near one of Islam's ultra-conservative strongholds, the green trees and glinting angel Moroni of Temple Square was one of the last things any of these men expected to see.
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December 06, 2018 02:46 PM MST
"I hope it lightens their spirits and gives them some joy this Christmas season, because they've got a lot of pain going on right now," said Craig Mitton, president of Ben Lomond Landscape Maintenance, a local franchise of Christmas Decor, that put up the decorations in frigid temperatures on Wednesday.
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November 24, 2018 12:13 PM MST
While carrying out a mission as a B-17 bomber pilot during WWII, Lieutenant Wendell Bradford Terry (Mike to his friends) and his crew flew through thick flak and antiaircraft fire while passing over the French coastline. The left wing of Terry's plane was hit by an antiaircraft shell, causing a large portion of the wing to break off and both of the left engines to stop functioning, sending the plane in a downward spiral. In addition, the wing caught fire and the flames moved toward the aviation fuel tank, which would cause a deadly explosion. It was then Terry rang the alarm bell and screamed into the intercom: “Bail out! Bail out! Bail out!”
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November 10, 2018 02:00 PM MST
The first time I saw the LDS missionaries was through the scope of my sniper rifle—their white shirts strikingly visible against the intense green of the jungle. Who would dare be so visible in the middle of a war?
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November 09, 2018 09:02 AM MST
November 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting of the First World War, "the war to end all wars." At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the guns fell silent. Still, it would be another seven months before my grandfather, Samuel Thomas Roberts, received his discharge papers and his ticket home.
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November 06, 2018 12:40 PM MST
Veteran’s day is almost here, once again on November 11th, flags will fly and patriotic programs will prompt our remembrance of the service of our veterans. This year, Veteran’s Day coincides with the 100th anniversary of the close of the Great War, World War I. Touted to be the war to end all wars, World War I was one of the most terrible conflicts in history. At least nine million soldiers and nearly as many civilians died from war-related causes. This number does not include those who perished in consequence of the worldwide influenza pandemic near the end of the war.
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November 04, 2018 01:10 AM MDT
U.S. Army Maj. Brent Taylor was the mayor of North Ogden, Utah, a father of seven, and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Taylor was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday while serving what was expected to be a one-year deployment.
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September 29, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
I was a 29-year-old United States Air Force fighter pilot, hanging from a parachute, slowly descending into hostile territory. I looked below my dangling legs as I watched my doomed F-4 Phantom shudder, shake, and cartwheel its fiery way to the ground. Missing its tail section and a large part of the left wing, it was now totally engulfed in flames. It was hard to imagine I had been sitting in the cockpit, at the very center of the fireball, a few seconds before. Finally, I saw it hit the ground with a huge concussion that I could see but not hear. The fire and smoke reached into the sky several thousand feet. I thought for a few seconds how unlikely it was for a small-town Texas boy to be involved in such a monumental problem as this was turning into.
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September 10, 2018 04:26 PM MDT
What's the secret to a long life? According to Latter-day Saint twins who just celebrated their 100th birthdays, it's living the gospel. "The 89th section of the Doctrine and Covenants says keep the commandments, you’ll be forever protected, and that’s what’s happened,” Boyd Henderson said.
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September 03, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
I was fresh out of U.S. Air Force pilot training, struggling to find my place as the new guy in my first fighter squadron. All the other squadron members seemed so sure of themselves, full of energy and confidence. I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be part of the gang, a member of the club. I wanted my career to flourish. The last thing I wanted to do was make waves or highlight myself as a troublemaker. But it seemed that I couldn't escape it if I wanted to live my beliefs.
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By  LDS Living
July 04, 2018 12:48 PM MDT
Shortly after arriving in Vietnam as an Air Force pilot, Larry Chesley looked around at the other airmen in his unit, his eyes stopping on a young man. “And the Spirit said, ‘He’s not coming home.’ And I dismissed it and I looked around the room and my eyes stopped on another man, and the Spirit said, ‘He’s not coming home.’
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May 27, 2018 10:00 PM MDT
In the ranks of today’s Latter-day Saints, there are thousands who serve in the armed forces. Here are 10 ways we, as an LDS community, can best support troops and their families.
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May 25, 2018 09:01 AM MDT
Whether on the home front or the front lines, many LDS military families are making great sacrifices on behalf of their country. As husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters are asked to serve abroad, family members are left behind to carry on at home. Here is a look at some of their personal experiences, as compiled in the book Faith in the Service.
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March 12, 2018 01:57 PM MDT
After a rare disease derailed Talan Summers's plans to join the military and turned his life into a constant battle, the military decided to surprise Summers with a gift to lift his spirits.
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By  LDS Living
January 05, 2018 02:38 PM MST
On January 4, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs featured President Thomas S. Monson as the Veteran of the Day. Along with this honor, the department shared this touching tribute:
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By  LDS Living
November 10, 2017 01:21 PM MST
In a video posted to YouTube, LDS 14-year-old Easton Shane shares a touching tribute to his military father and all soldiers and their families. Watch as Easton sings about his experience as a young boy when his father left for war, and how his own understanding of duty and love grew during that time.
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November 06, 2017 04:40 PM MST
Kyle Fox, a member of the LDS Church, helped make 15-year-old Justin Rozier's dream come true when he helped find a car that belonged to Justin's father, a fallen U.S. soldier.
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By  LDS Living
October 05, 2017 07:06 PM MDT
Every day the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs chooses one veteran to highlight and feature on their Facebook page, telling their story of service. On October 3, they honored Elder Robert D. Hales.
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June 27, 2017 06:33 PM MDT
As the only active Mormon at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Becca Cotton celebrated her religion at her graduation.
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May 29, 2017 02:41 PM MDT
“After exhaustive search, it has been found impossible to locate your son,” the Larsen family received in a telegram. "He has officially been declared to have lost his life." Despite the finality of those words, the family continued to look for the body of their son—a search which has now come to an end 75 years later.
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By  LDS Living
March 20, 2017 02:00 PM MDT
Many prophets and apostles have served their respective countries in the military, including President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, who served six years as a fighter pilot in the German Air Force.
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December 07, 2016 06:12 PM MST
We are so grateful for heroes like Capt. Mervyn Sharp Bennion who have served our country selflessly.
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December 07, 2016 04:06 PM MST
On the morning of December 7, Elder D. Todd Christofferson offered the morning prayer in the United States Senate and paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor exactly 75 years ago.
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December 07, 2016 02:52 PM MST
As we honor the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we remember those who passed away as well as those who survived, many of whom found refuge in an LDS tabernacle.
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November 11, 2016 06:12 PM MST
"I picked up a stretcher and went around the beach picking up dead GIs. A bulldozer would dig a big hole, and we’d lay the bodies in there. The corpsman would take one dog tag and put it on his ring and leave the other tag on the body," Brother Darel Johnson recalls with tears in his eyes. “At night we slept on our bloody hammocks.”
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November 11, 2016 06:03 PM MST
Rachael Neff is a mother, a Mormon, and an officer in the Army. And that combination of things makes her a bit of an enigma.
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November 11, 2016 04:03 PM MST
We thank all the brave men and women who have served in militaries around the world to protect their countries.
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October 11, 2016 01:33 PM MDT
We're so grateful Carl Wagoner can finally have closure after his brother went missing during WWII.
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June 01, 2016 01:30 PM MDT
“Of course I am deeply honored, and no, I do not consider myself a hero,” Sherman Fleek says after winning the Secretary of the Army Award for Valor. "I just acted. I didn’t even think it through. Why all the fuss?"
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November 11, 2015 05:21 PM MST
MR says: Learn more about John and his remarkable conversion to the gospel and how, even in his struggle fighting against PTSD, he sees the needs of others and doesn't hesitate to reach out and help.
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November 11, 2015 02:02 PM MST
In Okinawa, Elder Neal A. Maxwell would often bless the sacrament while in foxholes. But he didn't realize that this act would bless not only members, but nonmembers as well. In fact, one in particular always remembered this touching experience, reaching out years later. Read the account in his own words.
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August 12, 2015 01:30 PM MDT
MR says: Even in the darkest and most terrifying situations, the Lord still extends peace and has much to teach us.
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July 08, 2015 05:33 PM MDT
LDS rockabilly legend Joe Bennett, frontman of the famous 1950’s band The Sparkletones, passed away on Saturday, June 27th, at the age of 75.
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January 09, 2015 10:04 PM MST
March of 1945, nearing the end of WWII, the Americans were preparing to cross the Rhine River into Germany’s heartland, the most direct route to Berlin. It was expected to be one of the bloodiest battles of the war. The Nazis said the river would run red with blood, and after the causalities of D-day, the Allies believed them.
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November 10, 2014 10:19 PM MST
United States Air Force veteran Gail "Hal" Halvorsen is known to the world as the Berlin Candy Bomber. He talks about hope, gratitude, and how sharing two sticks of gum changed the course of his life.
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Fun
June 09, 2014 02:16 PM MDT
When we asked for a faculty member with unusual hobbies, the ROTC sent us straight to recruiting and operations officer Dave Jungheim. As it turns out, building the Salt Lake Temple out of more than thirty-five thousand Lego bricks can get you noticed.
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April 22, 2014 06:40 PM MDT
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September 11, 2013 04:10 AM MDT
“Where were you on 9/11?”
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June 29, 2012 03:44 PM MDT
Decorated war veterans and members of the Utah National Guard filled a ballroom at the Little America Hotel on Wednesday evening to honor Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve and seven other Utahns with the Bronze Minuteman Award — an award granted to military members and civilians for their service to the state and their communities. "You are an example of people finding ways to serve," Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert said. "In the throes of adversity we see the character of the people. We've got challenging times; we've had some challenging times. It is not just the fires going on today ... it's been amazing to see the character of the people in these times of adversity as they've stepped forward."
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February 20, 2012 02:02 PM MST
It has been interesting for me to watch the reactions this past week as news stories illuminated yet again the contested territory where the free exercise of religion meets civic considerations and obligations. As I observed other LDS people comment on these stories, I realized that in our recent past, we have experienced something even more egregious and more threatening than being pressured to refrain from performing proxy baptisms for Holocaust victims.
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December 07, 2011 02:43 PM MST
On Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, Elder Wayne M. Winegar had just listened to the radio broadcast of "Music and the Spoken Word." The Mormon Tabernacle Choir had sung the words, "All is well." And all did seem well for the missionary serving his second year in the Hawaiian Islands. The day before, Saturday, he had joined with his mission president and others for a conference in Kona, on the Big Island. He was serving then in Hilo as a branch president. Back home in Utah, his girlfriend, Virginia Adams, was waiting for him.
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November 11, 2011 03:49 PM MST
It’s been more than a month since my last column. During that hiatus, some of my time was spent speaking to groups in Utah and Idaho. On Oct. 29 I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker at the Pocatello Idaho Branch of the NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet Honoring America’s Veterans. The theme of the event was “Fulfilling America’s Promise.” It was a very moving evening, especially the POW/MIA presentation, for all in attendance. I am a better person for having been there.
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November 07, 2011 03:33 PM MST
Being in the U.S. military requires a certain level of toughness; however, being an LDS chaplain in the military requires more than just toughness.
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August 08, 2011 02:53 PM MDT
Jason Workman knew since he was a young boy that he wanted to be a Navy SEAL. He knew the odds of making the elite fighting force were slim. Workman not only accomplished his goal, but he also became a member of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6.
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