Highest Civic Duty


Called Unto Liberty, 20th Century Sermons, Boyd K. Packer


A message of the First Presidency dated April 6, 1942, states: “. . . the Church is and must be against war . . . It cannot regard war as a righteous means of settling international disputes; these should and could be settled—the nations agreeing—by peaceful negotiations and adjustments.

“But the Church membership are citizens or subjects of sovereignties over which the Church has no control. The Lord himself has told us to ‘befriend that law which is the constitutional law of the land’ . . .

“. . . When, therefore, constitutional law, obedient to these principles, calls the manhood of the Church into the armed service of any country to which they owe allegiance, their highest civic duty requires that they meet that call. If, harkening to that call and obeying those in command over them, they shall take the lives of those who fight against them, that will not make of them murderers, nor subject them to the penalty that God has prescribed for those who kill . . .”


Source: Boyd K. Packer, “The Member and the Military,” Conference Report, April 1968, pp. 33-36  Elder Boyd K. Packer is a member of the Quorum of The Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. View Elder Boyd K. Packer’s full address here.


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