War, Conscription, Conscience, and Mormonism

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War I hate with all its mocking pageantry. . . It is a grim living testimony that Satan lives. It is the earth’s greatest cause of human misery, destroyer of lives, promoter of hate and waster of treasure. . . It is man’s greatest folly, his most tragic misadventure. —Gordon B. Hinckley

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is clearly against war. The Church has been somewhat more vague on conscription and the issue of the soldier who kills in war. The position of the Church was recently restated in a Memorial Service Address by President Harold B. Lee:

 

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