Lessons 31 and 32 of BOM

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Lessons 31 and 32 Alma 43-63

President Charles W. Penrose, who was a member of the First Presidency said: “ It is not right for us to engage in the shedding of human blood, for vengeance or retaliation. But when the Lord commands or inspires his servants to counsel the sons and daughters of Israel to lend their aid in the work of righteous warfare, that is different.... We are to arise in our might and in our strength and go forth to victory; not with a desire to shed blood, not with the desire to destroy our fellow creatures, but in self defense and because we do want to maintain and hand down to our posterity those sacred principles of liberty that have been revealed from on high” (Conference report, Oct. 1971):

President Charles W. Penrose, who was a member of the First Presidency said: “ It is not right for us to engage in the shedding of human blood, for vengeance or retaliation. But when the Lord commands or inspires his servants to counsel the sons and daughters of Israel to lend their aid in the work of righteous warfare, that is different.... We are to arise in our might and in our strength and go forth to victory; not with a desire to shed blood, not with the desire to destroy our fellow creatures, but in self defense and because we do want to maintain and hand down to our posterity those sacred principles of liberty that have been revealed from on high” (Conference report, Oct. 1971)

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Elder David O. McKay said: “There are...two conditions which may justify a truly Christian man to enter- mind, I say enter, not begin- a war: (1) An attempt to dominate and to deprive another of his free agency, and (2) Loyalty to his country. Possibly there is a thrid , (namely), d efense of a weak nation that is being unjustly crushed by a strong, ruthless one” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1942)

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The prophet Joseph Smith made the following statement to a man who wondered why those who had left the Church often fought so fiercely against it: “Before you joined this Church you stood on neutral ground. When the gospel was preached good and evil were set before you. You could choose either or neither. There were two opposite masters inviting you to serve them. When you joined this Church you enlisted to serve God. When you did that you left the neutral ground, and you never can get back on to it. Should you forsake the Master you enlisted to serve it will be by the instigation of the evil one, and you will follow his dictation and be his servant” (in “Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” Juvenille Instructor , 15 Aug. 1892 )

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President Ezra Taft Benson said: “ You have been born at this time for a sacred and glorious purpose. It is not by chance that you have been reserved to come to earth in this last dispensation of the fulness of times. Your birth at this particular time was foreordained in the eternities.” “You are to be the royal army of the Lord in the last days.... “ In the spiritual battles you are waging, I see you as today’s sons of Helaman . Rember well the Book of Mormon account of Helaman’s two thousand stripling warriors” ( in Conference Report, Apr. 1986)

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President Harold B. Lee taught: “The power of Satan will increase; we see it in evidence on every hand... “ Now the only safety we have as members of this church is to do exactly what the Lord said to the Church in that day when the Church was organized. We must learn to give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give through his prophet, ‘as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me;...as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.’ (D&C 21:4-5.) There will be some things that take patience and faith. You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. I t may contradict your political views. It may contradict your social views. I t may interfere with some of your social life. But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the L ord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory.’(D&C 21:6.)” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1970)

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