While war permits stomping out of a man’s heart the reverent and tender virtues that exemplify true manhood, military services does not require it. You can serve and yet be exemplars of righteousness.
“It is a disgraceful thought,” said President Joseph F. Smith, “that a man to become a soldier should become a rake and abandon himself to crime and wickedness. Let the soldiers that go out . . . be and remain men of honor. And when they are called, obey the call, and manfully meet the duty, the dangers, or the labor, that may be required of them, or that they may be set to do; but do it with an eye single to the accomplishment of the good that is aimed to be accomplished, and not with the blood-thirsty desire to kill and to destroy.”
Source: Boyd K. Packer, Conference Report, April 1968, pp. 33-36. Boyd K. Packer serves as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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