Date: December 12, 2018 03:02AM
were mainly in the abstract.
None of the Mormon prophets has ever really spoken truth to real power. They are very unlike the "prophets" in the holy books who would go before a king or an angry mob and condemn them in no uncertain terms. The LSD church seems to always shake and tremble in the face of governmental power. (Too much to lose, I guess. The new and everlasting covenant was not all that important after all.)
Can you imagine any of the superannuated Mormon prophets doing anything like Samuel in the Book of Mormon? (Remember that Friberg illustration of Samuel being shot at with arrows?)
They have not concretely opposed any war in recent memory. (Or any war period, that I'm aware of.) If anything, they seem to encourage LSD boys to go off and fight -- as long as it doesn't interfere with full-time missions for the Church.
Nonetheless, I can see how individual Mormons inclined to oppose a particular war could take some modicum of comfort from the following words of Kimball:
"We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel—ships, planes, missiles, fortifications—and depend on them for protection and deliverance. When threatened, we become antienemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan’s counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior’s teaching:
“Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:44–45.)https://www.lds.org/ensign/1976/06/the-false-gods-we-worship?lang=eng