The headline "courage and valor" doesn't seem to apply all that
much to the story about the experience of Bro. Peterson (r.i.p.). Sure,
it's an interesting anecdote of life in the Navy, and there's no
question but that he served honorably. However, the article contains no
indication that he was persecuted for his beliefs or that he exhibited unusual
"courage and valor" in that regard. On the contrary, it would appear
that his superiors did not disrespect him for being LDS, and indeed they reposed
ample trust in him. In contrast, Bro. Kettley recounts an instance
where courage and valor WERE required in living the gospel in a military
setting. This should be developed into a DN article of its own.
My experience as a young Marine was the discouragement we received as a Platoon
to attend Church on Sundays. The Instructor held up the Marine Corps Manual and
told us that was our Bible for the next 13 weeks. Several of us stepped forward
to attend Church, knowing that we would be punished in some way when we
returned. We were invited into the Drill Instructor's Duty Hut, were both
threatened and abused, as no one could see it. We stuck it out each week. It
ceased to take place in about 3 weeks. We were all glad we stuck it out,
because it was our link to our spiritual life we needed to give excellent
service in our countries protection. Trust in the Lord is vital to our success.
It has always been the case.I've always been grateful for His
protection and encouragement from His living prophets. . .William Kettley,
Hutterite...in most cases, probably.They are, after all, human.Why do you ask?
Suzy...are they humble?
And that's the way most Mormons are....trustworthy - diligent - good