On each side, people believe that they are fighting for a just cause, for defense of home and country and freedom.
On each side they pray to the same God, in the same name, for victory. Both sides cannot be wholly right; perhaps neither is without wrong. God will work out in his own due time and in his own sovereign way the justice and right of the conflict. People who have lost their loved ones are ofttimes troubled by faith-promoting incidents of those who have been miraculously spared. While this question may never be fully answered in this life, we are given some illuminating observations from sacred writings.
Eternal law does apply to war and those who engage in it. This law was declared by the Master himself when Peter struck off the ear of Malchus, who was a servant of the Jewish high priest. In other words, those who are the perpetrators of war shall perish by the destructive forces that they have unloosed. In the Book of Mormon record, we have the words of the prophet Moroni, mistakenly reproving Pahoran for his seeming negligence while his enemies were murdering thousands of his brethren.
Somewhere along the road we become numbed with all the frustrations and dissatisfaction. Draw your strength from His grace, even if you simply cannot utter a prayer. Speaking for myself, and I assume for many others, the route to faith, and thus hope—of either the Platonic-Christian, Kantian or Kierkegaardian kind—seems closed off. God grant that we may live to be worthy to be among those who will be with him, I pray, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Catholic Exchange is a project of Sophia Institute Press. Michael retired after 36 years of service 30 active in the U. So where are we left?
Moroni wrote to Pahoran:. I say unto you, if ye have supposed this ye have supposed in vain; for I say unto you, there are many who have fallen by the sword; and behold it is to your condemnation;. God in his own due time will pass sentence upon such leaders. There is another question that is often asked: Why did he or she have to die? What is the purpose of life if it is to be so ruthlessly destroyed? Immortality is a free gift to all mankind, but eternal life must be won by deeds done in the flesh.
Recently I received a letter from parents in California whose son had written home just before last Christmas, and then shortly thereafter his life was taken in the war in Vietnam. It makes men do things they would not normally do. It breaks up families, causes immorality, cheating, and much hatred.
It is not the glorious John Wayne-type thing you see in the movies. It is going a month without a shower and a change of clothing. It is fear creeping up your spine when you hear a mortar tube in the jungle. It is not being able to get close enough to the ground when coming under enemy fire; hearing your buddy cry out because of being ripped with a hot piece of shrapnel.
dingladumbcalbeanc.gq You men be proud of your American citizenship, because many brave and valiant men are here preserving your freedom. America is the protector of our Church, which is dearer to me than life itself. If you have this gift, nothing else really matters. It is that hope and that faith that has sustained our Latter-day Saints in the military, both the living and the dead. President Joseph F. Smith, father of our present prophet, Joseph Fielding Smith, made an enlightening comment on this subject. I have come to the belief that the only reason I have been able to discover by which we should acknowledge the hand of God in some occurrences is the fact that the thing which has occurred has been permitted of the Lord.
It was not the will of the Lord, but it occurred by permission of the Lord. Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! And you mothers may have reacted as did that sainted mother of the young Royal Air Force pilot who was lost in an ill-fated flight over the North Sea. Here are the words of Sister Zina C. Brown when her young son, Hugh C. This lovely wife of Elder Hugh B. Brown, our beloved associate, wrote this, perhaps, as she remembered the words of the Master in Gethsemane:.
With my face toward the light I shall walk by faith until my summons come. Why are his blessings not permitted to be realized? I think now of a distraught father and mother who had just received that ominous and tersely worded telegram from the government, informing them of the death of their son. They came seeking an interview to see if some light and understanding could be given to ease their aching hearts and to bolster their faith.
Before leaving, he had received a patriarchal blessing in which he was promised that he would have a posterity of sons and daughters. Why did this promise fail? Akin to this is another incident of a sister who had filled a mission and had contracted tuberculosis.
Shortly after she returned home, she passed away. I was asked to speak at her funeral service.
She had received a patriarchal blessing in which she had been promised that she would be a mother in Israel. The family said that certainly no one had lived a more saintly life than had she.
quotes have been tagged as hope-and-despair: Dr. Seuss: 'When you're in a Slump,you're not in for much layfenzerita.tk-slumping yourselfis not easily done. In the face of an uncertain and chaotic world we will encounter difficult moments full of worry, stress, and frustration. It is exhausting to push through challenging.
I spoke of this, as it troubled me. The patriarch of the stake spoke at the funeral also. If we fail to understand this great truth, we will be miserable in time of need, and then sometimes our faith may be challenged. But if we have a faith that looks beyond the grave and trusts in divine providence to bring all things in their proper perspective in due time, then we have hope, and our fears are calmed. Life does not end with mortal death.
Through temple ordinances which bind on earth and in heaven, every promised blessing predicated upon faithfulness will be realized. There is another vital factor in rendering the final judgment, which only an infinite judge can take into account, as to the rewards to be meted out to one who is taken in death before the proverbial allotted time, three score and ten years. You may recall the incident when the Prophet Joseph Smith saw in a vision his father and mother and brother Alvin in the celestial kingdom. Alvin had died in , six years before the Church was organized.
Joseph marveled as to how Alvin could have been in the celestial glory, since he had not been baptized. Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim. It is, one is told, the unforgivable sin, but it is a sin the corrupt or evil man never practices. He always has hope. He never reaches the freezing-point of knowing absolute failure.
Only the man of goodwill carries always in his heart this capacity for damnation. Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing While there's life, there is hope.
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change.
Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. While there's life, there's hope. The difference between hope and despair is a different way of telling stories from the same facts. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair. Nevertheless, in this sea of human wretchedness and malice there bloomed at times compassion, as a pale flower blooms in a putrid marsh. Hope and despair ignore one another's cries. Anyone who deals with the climate crisis has an internal dialogue between hope and despair, because the challenge is so huge and the danger is so great and the stakes are so high.
But I have always resolved that in favour of hope, and actually I'm more hopeful now than I was a decade ago when the solutions were visible on the horizon, but you had to seek reassurance that the technology experts that they're coming, they'll be here.