Message of Peace Misinterpreted

Oct 07, 2002, 01:00 ET from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

    SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The following media advisory is
 being issued by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:
 
     Some news outlets have misinterpreted a recent general conference address
 by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  We encourage
 reporters and editors to consider the full text of Elder Nelson's remarks
 which can be found on our Web site at:
 http://www.lds.org/media2/letters/0,10599,1592-1,00.html
     Elder Nelson pointed to the example and teachings of the Savior as "the
 pathway to peace on earth and good will among men."  He also made plain that
 the scriptures "strongly condemn wars of aggression, but sustain obligations
 of citizens to defend their families and their freedoms."
 
     His remarks further explain:
     "Because 'we believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers and
 magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law,' members of this
 Church will be called into military service of many nations.  'We believe that
 governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds
 men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and
 administering them, for the good and safety of society.'
     "During the Second World War when members of the Church were forced to
 fight on opposing sides, the First Presidency affirmed that 'The state is
 responsible for the civil control of its citizens or subjects, for their
 political welfare, and for the carrying forward of political policies,
 domestic and foreign... But the Church itself, as such, has no responsibility
 for these policies, [other] than urging its members fully to render... loyalty
 to their country.'"
 
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SOURCE The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The following media advisory is
 being issued by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:
 
     Some news outlets have misinterpreted a recent general conference address
 by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  We encourage
 reporters and editors to consider the full text of Elder Nelson's remarks
 which can be found on our Web site at:
 http://www.lds.org/media2/letters/0,10599,1592-1,00.html
     Elder Nelson pointed to the example and teachings of the Savior as "the
 pathway to peace on earth and good will among men."  He also made plain that
 the scriptures "strongly condemn wars of aggression, but sustain obligations
 of citizens to defend their families and their freedoms."
 
     His remarks further explain:
     "Because 'we believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers and
 magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law,' members of this
 Church will be called into military service of many nations.  'We believe that
 governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds
 men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and
 administering them, for the good and safety of society.'
     "During the Second World War when members of the Church were forced to
 fight on opposing sides, the First Presidency affirmed that 'The state is
 responsible for the civil control of its citizens or subjects, for their
 political welfare, and for the carrying forward of political policies,
 domestic and foreign... But the Church itself, as such, has no responsibility
 for these policies, [other] than urging its members fully to render... loyalty
 to their country.'"
 
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