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Published: Monday, July 23 2012 3:41 p.m. MDT

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dotGone
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.

Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

@Jim. More information on Kapyong please. Sounds like an interesting story.

bountifulmomofsix
BOUNTIFUL, UT

It is true that there are some who will take offense with these amazing boys. Yes, some were bored, it was a very warm, muggy day. BUT they participated to show their support. My boys weren't forced to march, they chose to march.

The Book of Mormon has many wonderful examples of people who,"Did not doubt". This was the theme of this years parade. Only those who read the Book of Mormon will understand the implications.

I have found many kind people in every state my family has lived in who are supportive and positive with regards to the things we do. I am sorry for those who are not.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

Where in the company of the 2000 Stripling Warriors were the two Nephites, or is that not the same story.

xert
Santa Monica, CA

These are the stripling warriors that just may save this nation. Imagine an entire nation of stripling warriors, standing erect on our borders, spears ablaze in the sun, saying to all who would seek to gain admittance, "Thou shalt not pass." Manning our light rail cars and discouraging foul play while spearing bits of litter with their pointy weapons. Policing our slums and saying to those who would think to vote without paid for ID cards---"Vote ye here? I think not, old woman. My temper is steady, but my spear is ever at the ready."

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

momofsix, why would you feel sorry for people that are not supportive and positive in regards to the things your family does?

I could care less about what strangers think about what my family does, in fact I sure hope strangers aren't taking much time worrying what my family does. Why is it important to you what strangers think of your family? Oh, well.

I think skeptic and LDSareChristen had a good idea. It might be neat to make this a regular event for kids to march in this parade, and then afterwards perform a large scale charity event. The kids might really enjoy something like that. (And yes I know that these kids perform charity events already, and good for them. So relax)

The story that this is based on seems interesting: 2000 untrained, inexperienced youth fighting a superior, professional force, and the youth win and not even one is killed. Do I have it right? Cool.

I prefer the story of the knights of Rohan that hold off the hordes of Sauroman at Helms deep, though. Maybe the kids could dress up like the Rohirrim next year.

O'really
Idaho Falls, ID

@ xert- Funny!
@ chaliceman- War is sometimes necessary to counter evil and to defend one's freedom. Have you read the story in the Book of Mormon? It's less about the war itself and more about young men having courage to protect their parents, wise mothers who taught their sons to have integrity and loyalty, and young men learning obedience and discipline. You've missed the point if you think God was testing the faith of those young men and death was the consequence of lack of faith. I've heard the story 50 times at least and it's never come across that way to me.

@ skeptic It was three Nephites and yes- different story.

raybies
Layton, UT

A very fun idea. What mormon mom and dad don't dream of having a faithful son that serves valiantly and is miraculously preserved by the hand of God? It's one of the great dreams we all hope for--that we're all part of some great miracle.

Ironically every young man marching, and every spectator watching is just as important to God. We face different challenges and some of us fall, but God wants us all. He loves us all. His mercy and grace extends to all. And God hopes we'll all be just as faithful in seeking to obtain them.

One great way to obtain blessings for God, I've found, is to daily study the Book of Mormon, and ponder its messsages as they apply to me personally. Every day I get help in my life's direction from God.

May your cause be just and may you fight for the things that matter most.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

Through out history man has always used story telling and fables to teach, train and condition society to good conduct and avoid danger, etc. But grown up educated people recognize it for what it is: fiction, ie: Santa Claus, etc. Then how is it that some people in Utah parade fictitious story people down public streets and demand that they be taken serious. It can not even be established where the Book of Mormon was supposed to have taken place much less show one bit of physical evidence of a thousand year history. The BOM may be a beautiful, wonderful story, but it is not history, so why do Mormons get angry with people who see it for what it is: a marvels work of fiction.

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Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

You ask why do members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints get upset when someone portrays the Book of Mormon for what it is a fictional book. The problem is that it itsn't ficitonal. The individuals within the cover of the Book of Mormon are just as real as I am standing here today. It also wasn't written for yester year but for us today. It is another testament of the Divinity of Jesus Christ as Lord, Savior and Redeemer of the World. It is not bigger or better than the Bible but is on equal par with it. And as Joseph Smith so stated, "a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than any other book".

It has never been proven to be anything other than what Joseph Smith has already stated. The Book of Mormon proves without any doubt that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saints is the only true and living Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today.

mark
Salt Lake City, UT

Bill, you say the BOM is not a work of fiction. So prove it. Apparently the censors are afraid of this challlange. I wonder why. But prove it, provide any evidence that it is true. And, no, gut feelings don't count.

But as I was saying before, this should be easy. After all, we are dealing with a large, relatively advanced, society that exsisted for a thousand years, they would have left ample physical evidence of their existence. .

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