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Published: Friday, July 20 2012 8:00 p.m. MDT

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Phoenix, AZ

Impressive two thousand strong men, perhaps they could do modern day good deeds like build a house for a poor family, or clean up a poor neighborhood, etc.

Anchorage, AK

Wow, what a cool idea skeptic. On the same day as the parade, they could do a couple flash mob appearances to clean up a park, or some other activity. Have someone plan out what every pod will do. Show up on que with everything each pod needs to do the job.... 30 minutes later all depart with a sparkling clean park (or whatever else).

Salt Lake City, UT

Being a moral citizen is a good deed and is not one good deed that meets someone's specific metric, but a life of good deeds. Perhaps that is a foreign concept in Phoenix.


Dear Skeptic,
They ARE awesome boys! My sons were among them. I happen to know that they do A LOT of service every year ranging from "helping build a home for a needy family" to "helping chop up trees in the community after a devastating windstorm came through". In fact, they chopped, hauled, cleaned up, more quickly than any government sponsored organization could have. They donate many, many hours of community service each year. (And these are just the boys, the men often do more.)
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints donate many hours to various church and community organizations every year, all over the world. We may not be perfect people but many of us sure try to make the world a better place wherever we live.

the truth
Holladay, UT

RE: skeptic

Why don't you demand that of the OWS and other liberal leftest protest groups,

rather than leaving tons of garbage and filth, vandalism and destruction in their wake?

Make the world a better place should be good for everybody. Not trying use good people and make them into hypocrites or to satisfy some hate or skepticism

Gram Cracker
Price, UT

How very inspirational to witness these great young men all together in one purpose ... to remind us of the 2000 stripling warriors and their history. I always love to read about the stripling warriors, and so too do these young men, I am sure. They will never forget this wonderful day, and neither will those who understand the BOM and what this signifies. I do so wish something like this had been done when my own sons were growing up. Wonderful, wonderful day!

kaysville, UT

It's certainly not inspirational for Christian believers. It is a story.

Mesa, Az

The 2000 Stripling Warriors weren't just a story, it was actuality, that was repeated at Kapyong during the Korean War, just ask anyone from St George or Cedar and the Surroundng area.

Provo, UT



Harwich, MA

@Jim, seriously?

I'm trying to figure out anything that this could represent that has any relevance to anything going on in the world today.
Are we insinuating that we should arm teenagers with spears to protect our homes and families from the evils of the world? Just saying.

ute alumni
Tengoku, UT

how do people find this article to be controversial? a lot of whiners and people that are negative towards anything LDS. get a life and do your own thing and do something good instead of criticize.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

The 2,000 srippling warriors of Helaman is a great story of faith and endurance in the face of great odds. These were young men who faced overwhelming odds to come out on top. Though many of the warriors suffered numerous wounds and loss of blood, not one of the 2,000 warriors were killed. In fact, they held where others faltered thus preserving their homeland, their religion and their families lives.

The battle of Kalyong of the Korean War was the most noted for Australians and Canadians of the war. Against overwhelming odds and against superior forces the Australians and Canadians held a vital road closed to the Chinese thus allowing forces to retreat and regroup. They kept the Chinese from over running the area and having a clear shot to the South Korean Capital of Seoul. Their actions basically stopped the Chinese in their tracts thus helping to bring about the armistice that is in effect today.

Don't mock something you have no knowledge of.

Altamont, UT

Skeptic, that's right, because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints NEVER does anything to help anybody, do they?

(Sarcasm button off)...seriously, this was such a cool idea. Seeing all these young 'warriors' just gives me chills! And great hope for the future!

Mesa, AZ

I believe the main point of the story of the Stripling warriors was the effect mothers had on their children in teaching them to trust in the Lord.

Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. Alma56:47

Idaho Falls, ID

Yes, Red Corvette...proudly in Utah! The parade was in conjunction with Pioneer Day, a holiday to celebrate LDS pioneers arriving in Utah. Since the 2000 stripling warriors is a well known and loved part of the Book of Mormon, why should they not portray it for a parade centered on LDS history. Far more inspiring than a whole lot of other groups portrayed in parades around the country. And also, lest we forget, this holiday is one that the WHOLE state benefits from, LDS or not.

Thank you pioneers (and young stripling warriors, ancient and modern!)

Phoenix, AZ

RE: MrsH,

I can relate to your getting chills at viewing your Stripling Warriors. I remember the first time I viewed the Chinese army of Terracotta warriors; I was amazed. I thought how could this be, and what were they thinking, and did it come to pass that it served the indented purpose. Excuse me, but I can not help but have some doubt. Perhaps all the lives and labor that went into manufactoring the clay solidiers would have been better spend building poor citizens homes and farms.


I watched a 7 minute video of the parade; It seemed to me more like 2200 Bored Adolescents.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

Skeptic: How much do you give to charity? When was the last time you served in a soup kitchen? When did you go and help build a home for the less fortunate? When did you actually serve someone just for the sake of helping them without any regard for a reward or anything? If you can't answer these questions then you have nothing on these youth or the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Even Vanka has admitted in many of his posts that he has given fast offerings and tithing to the LDS Church through his wife.

Many youth through out the LDS Church have helped paint or remodel homes, beautify lakes and many other service projects through out their communities over the past few months. They've done it because it was there for them today. Sure there may have been some who murmured because it was hot or they could have been doing something else but yet they still did it as a group. It was a group thing. I've watched youth do many things just because and not just as members of the LDS Church.

Salt Lake City, UT

It always seems ironic to me when stories are told about God sending young men to war. War is so against Christian values and beliefs. What message are we giving to these young men about Christian values and the nature of their God? Of all the themes and stories found in Mormon scripture, why chose one encouraging men to wear their battle gear, yell their battle cry and march in battle formation? Can't we see that when we glorify warriors, reenact old battle scenes and recall the glory of victory in war, we are supporting and promoting war? Not just any war, but war in the name of religion, in the name of God. Personally, I don't think God supports any war and would never stoop to the level where He would use it as a test of our faith with death as our consequence for not believing. An Allmighty, Omnisient, Loving God would never do that to His children.

Puyallup, WA

I would love to have seen this and get the visual of just how many young men add up to 2000+ We read the story and hear it referred to, until it seems almost ordinary, but to see all the young men would bring it to life. How did Helaman keep them all organized back then!? all that energy of the young. What a blessing they must've been to the tiring troops.

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