I just read Hugh Nibley’s talk on Scriptural Perspectives on How to Survive the Calamities of the Last Days (BYU Studies 25, No.1-1985) where he states, “Nor can the powers of hell be shaken by heavy artillery or nuclear warheads. The Devil does not care who is fighting or why, as long as there is fighting; the devil is the father of contention.” He then goes on and quotes 3 Nephi 11:29-32, “Behold this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away…”. My hope is that we can prevail upon our country’s leaders to be less aggressive, while still being defensive if needed, and let all who wish to concentrate more on bringing the joy of the gospel of peace to the world. Love this message you brought to our attention Ardis! Thanks.
Thank you, Cliff. I always hold my breath when I try something that isn’t quite standard — rah rah patriotism on a military-related holiday, for instance — and hope that people will understand that I’m trying to add to the discussion with a gospel perspective, not replace or disrespect the traditional. You’ve expressed it perfectly: war may sometimes be a necessary part of mortal experience, and we’re grateful to defenders, but let’s “let all who wish to concentrate more on bringing the joy of the gospel of peace to the world” have an honored place, too.
Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 11, 2010 @ 9:42 am