On Sunday afternoon, October 9, 1921, “in general conference assembled,” the following resolution was adopted by the Latter-day Saints:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, brought forth and established by the power of God and dedicated to the mission of preparing the way for the glorious coming of the son of God to reign in the earth, in truth and righteousness and peace, beholds with deep interest every authoritative movement taken by the nations in the interest of world peace.
It is believed that the conference called in Washington to consider the limitation of armaments and questions concerning the Pacific and nations of the far east may, under the favor of Heaven, promote this great objective.
To the end that it may do so, the Latter-day Saints, in general conference now assembled, approve the appointment of a Sabbath day before the 11th of November, 1921, on which in all the wards and stakes of Zion, and in all branches of the Church in the United Stats and in the missions throughout the world, the members of the Church, shall be called together in their usual places of worship to engage in special, and solemn prayer for Divine guidance of the international conference on the limitation of armaments, that the cause of peace may be thereby enhanced, and an amelioration of the burdens of mankind secured.
Be political – but be civil. Do you think the Church should or should not make such expressions? Was it OK in 1921, but not today? Is it enough to pray for the success of “authoritative movements,” or should we do more? Is it OK to call for reducing armaments in far away places only, or should it apply to our own nations … to our police forces?