War

November 11, 2021 09:00 AM MST
During WWII, one American bomber pilot single-handedly saved the lives of 90 men by listening to the promptings of the Spirit. That pilot was my grandfather, Ronald S Beckstrom.
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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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September 30, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
*The following article previously ran on LDS Living in October 2015.
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September 23, 2019 03:32 PM MDT
I remember when a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles brought me to tears. He shed a few tears with me.
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July 08, 2019 06:00 PM MDT
Latter-day Saint women have always been able to hold their own. The doctrine and practices of the Church regarding women give us confidence born of the Spirit and teach us how to lead, teach, testify, rally others to a worthy cause, and express ourselves. And it has always been so. . . .
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These introductory paragraphs are excerpted from a 1995 manuscript by Herbert Kurt Ludwig and the author. Ludwig was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who served in the German infantry in World War II. His journey through World War II took him from the freezing steppes of Russia to the burning sands of North Africa, where he served as a motorcycle messenger in the headquarters of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. Along with a 136,000 other Germans, he was abandoned by his country in North Africa, facing new dangers, opportunities, and challenges throughout the rest of the war.
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By  LDS Living
June 06, 2019 12:51 PM MDT
Sergeant Hugh Nibley was among the first to land on Utah Beach in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, exactly 75 years ago today. “My fate seems always to have been first in line. Our ship headed the convoy, and as if that were not enough, our party was to be the first ashore when contact was made with the division,” Nibley remembers of that day. In Meridian Magazine, Maurine Proctor recently compiled Sergeant Nibley's memories of D-Day in "Sergeant Hugh Nibley’s Surprising Memories of D-Day."
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June 06, 2019 08:30 AM MDT
Editorial note: The following article includes quotes that include graphic descriptions of war.
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May 27, 2019 09:25 AM MDT
Eveline Marie Charlet Kleinert was born at Pully, Vaud, Switzerland, on February 9, 1878, the daughter of Marc Louis Charlet and Delphine Catherine Vionnet. She was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 1, 1896, at the age of 18, about a year and a half after her parents’ baptism.
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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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December 04, 2018 03:18 PM MST
The following recounts a true story from a Nazi prisoner of war camp in WWII.
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November 29, 2018 05:03 PM MST
I met a former German soldier, Joseph F. Beuchert of Heidelberg, who was a young man when he was conscripted into the German army. He spent four years as a prisoner of war, an experience filled with physical deprivation. In hindsight, he came to regard one of the POW camps as a gateway to an abundant and fulfilling life. In that camp, he found one of his greatest blessings: knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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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 12:00 PM MST
Exactly 100 years ago, men from all over the world were fighting for a cause bigger than their own.
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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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By  LDS Living
November 06, 2018 03:26 PM MST
War has long been a difficult part of our human history. But you can find inspiration in these 11 books and DVDs that chronicle real-life and fictional characters and their search for faith, courage, and valor amidst some of the most difficult periods of history.
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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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July 11, 2018 01:55 PM MDT
The following is an excerpt from President James E. Faust's April 2002 general conference talk, "The Lifeline of Prayer" during which he quotes from Elder Andre K. Anastasiou's October 1946 general conference address. We are grateful to Meridian Magazine for making us aware of this story. To read selections of the 1946 talk, you can read it on their site here.
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By  LDS Living
July 09, 2018 01:23 PM MDT
On a recent visit to Germany, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorfmet with the German Chancellor in a historic meeting and attended a wreath-laying ceremony for Holocaust victims at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp. While reflecting on his experience at Sachsenhausen, Elder Uchtdorf shared a touching message on Facebook about a Latter-day Saint who was executed by the German government in 1942 along with an unforgettable message about the power of love:
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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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July 01, 2018 10:00 PM MDT
After a reconnaissance mission in France during the closing years of World War II, Sergeant Benner Hall sat with his men along a small country road, waiting for his next assignment. A sudden feeling descended on Hall—a prompting to move his men out of danger.
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May 28, 2018 09:18 AM MDT
"And in that day shall be heard wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion" (D&C 45:26).
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April 24, 2018 12:20 PM MDT
During WWII, 17-year-old Albert Christman enlisted in the Marines, and after his service in the Pacific was awarded the Purple Heart.
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November 06, 2017 01:28 PM MST
What an inspiring story of missionary work, courage, and compassion.
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July 19, 2017 09:00 AM MDT
Warning: This article contains some war content that might be disturbing for some readers.
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May 26, 2017 12:03 PM MDT
"It is our heartfelt hope and prayer that they and many others have not sacrificed life in vain," LDS Chaplain Vernon A. Cooley wrote to then Elder Harold B. Lee. "In the present world-wide battles there have been some of our servicemen lost who were perhaps far more worthy than many of us who remain alive."
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Whether you’re a history buff or simply curious, you have probably collected a decent store of knowledge about important events in Church history. But no matter how well you thought you knew these stories, there are a surprising number of fascinating facts that you might have overlooked. Here is a look back at when the First Presidency stated the Church's position on war.
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May 20, 2017 08:49 AM MDT
There are examples of compassion all around us, but some are more obvious than others. And while extenuating circumstances such as war and depravation don’t seem likely places to find charity, one couple in Cedar City, Utah, has found a way to serve and love amidst tragedy and trials. They call it The Happy Factory.
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March 31, 2017 09:21 AM MDT
The first recognized conference of the Church was held on June 9, 1830, only a short few months after the Church was organized. The first several conferences looked more like a modern-day sacrament meeting, with an opening hymn, passing of the sacrament, confirming of members, and teaching from the Prophet. Though this was discontinued as Church membership grew, an exception was made in October 1942.
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March 21, 2017 07:57 PM MDT
What an incredible story! It's amazing how these members worked together to restore something so personal to another family.
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February 22, 2017 03:28 PM MST
When Royce Fuhriman arrived home from World War II, he weighed only 95 pounds, an incredible contrast when compared to the 150 pounds he weighed when he left to serve as an 18-year-old. No doubt the war took a toll on Fuhriman, but he was never one to make a fuss about his service. "He never talked about the war, but as I grew up learning about the war and realizing what he went through, he's been my hero all my life," his daughter Patricia Eckman said.
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February 19, 2017 06:15 PM MST
World War II hero Saiji Zakimi courageously served the U.S. after Congress granted Japanese-American men the right to serve in the military—even as more than 100,000 Japanese Americans were being held in internment camps throughout the country. And since he found the gospel so many years ago, he has honorably served the Lord with the same commitment and integrity.
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February 06, 2017 03:42 PM MST
Col. Gail Halvorsen, a WWII pilot known for dropping candy rations from his plane for the impoverished children of war-torn Germany, was honored for his compassion and service by Utah lawmakers on Feb. 3.
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January 27, 2017 10:10 PM MST
Known as the bloodiest war in American history, the Civil War affected hundreds of thousands of lives. And even though they were removed from the main body of the United States, the Latter-day Saints living in Utah were not immune from all of its consequences. In fact, the Civil War was the first military conflict in which there were members of the Church on both sides, and the first American conflict in which a Latter-day Saint died from wounds received in battle.
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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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April 08, 2016 05:40 PM MDT
On Sunday morning, President Uchtdorf shared a deeply personal story about his childhood in war-torn Germany.
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March 11, 2016 02:35 PM MST
Here are a few lessons one author learned while struggling with the questions why is there so much war and yet there are so few women in the Book of Mormon? The remarkable insights she gained taught her that she might have been wrong about these assumptions all along.
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January 26, 2016 10:15 PM MST
After a small plane carrying Latter-day Saint Joseph Tippets and 5 others crashed in the harsh Alaska wilderness in January 1943, the tiny group of survivors—presumed lost at sea—would spend the next 29 days fighting for their lives.
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January 20, 2016 03:40 PM MST
To his children, he was Pa. His co-workers at Kennecott knew him as Ernie.
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November 16, 2015 07:01 PM MST
MR says: “It takes empathy and action to influence the future of mankind based on dignity, honesty and eternal values — regardless of differences in politics, religion, race or cultural traditions,” President Uchtdorf said, speaking out for peace at a "Volkstrauertag" gathering. After the event, he shared this touching message on Facebook.
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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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September 01, 2015 08:16 PM MDT
MR says: We all know this well-beloved story, but is it myth or is it fact? Check out the evidence and read this surprising letter to find out for yourself!
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August 27, 2015 05:59 PM MDT
MR says: As a marine in WWII, Elder L. Tom Perry arrived at Nagasaki weeks after the atomic bomb hit. Read his memories of the carnage and how he helped the Japanese people.
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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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March 15, 2015 04:37 PM MDT
During the height of the Cold War, from 1977-1982, I was a U.S. Air Force pilot stationed in Germany. Our squadron had the responsibility to verify on a regular basis that the Berlin air corridors were kept exactly on track for Western Allied flights in and out of West Berlin. These corridors were established at the end of the second World War to assure Western Allies would have air access in and out of Berlin across Russian-occupied East Germany, and were made famous during the Berlin Airlift from 1948-1949.
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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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December 17, 2014 05:18 PM MST
This Christmas Eve, December 24, 2014, marks 100 years since a Christmas truce took place in Belgium during World War I. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is commemorating the anniversary by participating in the release of a video in a joint project with other faith groups.
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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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Some years ago Sister Packer and I were in Czechoslovakia, then behind the Iron Curtain. It was not easy to obtain visas, and we used great care so as not to jeopardize the safety and well-being of our members, who for generations had struggled to keep their faith alive under conditions of unspeakable oppression.
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July 23, 2014 02:42 PM MDT
Dear President Albright,
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July 06, 2014 02:56 PM MDT
Elder L. Tom Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, shares personal experiences during World War II, a family fights for a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease and an old teaching idea gets new traction around the country. Segment 1
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Fun
July 02, 2014 12:31 PM MDT
Devan Jensen and Paul Hoffman both told “an adventure tale and a love story, albeit one with a tragic ending” at the Mormon History Association Annual Meeting in San Antonio in June.
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Fun
May 26, 2014 08:01 AM MDT
August 15, 2014 is a day you may want to mark on your calendar for the release of the latest “Saints and Soldiers: The Void” film. This time a new issue will be tackled when, despite their prejudices, a mostly white Allied crew is forced to rely on a black tank driver, Jesse Owens, for their survival.
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September 11, 2013 04:10 AM MDT
“Where were you on 9/11?”
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August 15, 2012 04:05 AM MDT
Helaman 6-12
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July 25, 2012 09:08 PM MDT
Alma 43-52
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