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Published: Thursday, July 4 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Virginia Beach, VA

"Andrew Rydalch, who graduated 27th in a class of 1,000 this year, explained that because MOST of his peers were not religious", at least he has some insight on how immoral he's going to find out about the rest of the Navy. Almost half are athiest or agnostic. I was stunned to findout one of my shipmates came home after a temple wedding. He had a big word of wisdom problem before and after. But, he did help convert one of our shipmates, the baptism was in THE Jordan River on a ship visit to Israel. Can be difficult to remain active in the church in the military. I admire those in my ward who balance the military, family, and church callings. Myself, for the most part during my time in the service I was inactive.

Ranch Hand
Bountiful, UT

I sure hope they'll forgive you for calling them "soldiers".

Dave in AZ
Snowflake, AZ

"Once you decide that you're going to be LDS and you're going to be true, then the decision is made." That is the key. It says you are committed. If you waiver and fall, then you are not committed. True commitment of anything in life is hard for a person to grasp. But it has to be supported with what that commitment was for, in this case, the Gospel. Studying the scriptures is one way to fortify it. IT is work, but it is what makes one happy in life.....you feel good about yourself, your ability to stay the course, and along the way your are blessed. It's one eternal round, so to speak.
I know. I was in the military and I didn't have any problem because I understood my commitment that I decided on when I was 12, and re-fortified it when I was 16. I just made my service to my country my mission to the Lord and that was that. And I've continued that practice ever since in what ever I have done.....family raising......church callings......work, etc. Period!!.

Happy 4th of July, .

cambodia girl
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

These young men are in my ward in Annapolis, Maryland. They are really great guys. You can see that they come from a very loving family. The mid-shipmen are a strong group in our ward. Elder and Sister Richardson have done a tremendous job keeping track of them and making sure none fall in the cracks. It's important that the youth (young single adults) are looked after and I know their parents appreciate the care given to them when they are so far away from home.


As a (LDS) Navy Veteran and former POW, I would like to just say, Thank You!
By serving in both the Navy and as an LDS Missionary you can impact so many lives!
"It won't be easy, but, it will be worth it!"
May God Speed and Bless You "Gentlemen-Elders!"

Tucson, AZ

My son-in-law is an Eagle Scout, returned missionary to Brazil and in the Arizona National Guard. While serving as commander of his unit in Iraq he applied to law school at UA. He was accepted and they told him they like Mormons and military because they both know how to work hard. Being both was a double bonus. Their mission experience and military education will serve these young men extremely well.

Provo, UT

I had a great productive mission to So.Cal. and joined the Air Force when I returned. My military service was another wonderful mission. Yes, there was a lot of immorality but there were so many opportunities to share the Gospel with people who would not otherwise be interested. Even my garments in the dorms became missionary tools. The brothers will be islands of faith in the Academy.

San Diego, CA

We are a proud Navy family and excited to see others from the church serve in our great Navy. Having lived in Annapolis and witnessed the awesomeness that these great midshipmen become as they journey from Pleb to Senior is great, and add to that the opportunity to serve a mission, wow! That you for sharing their story! Thank you for your service!!

Navy = sailors ;).


Good point Ranch Hand and trevsnavywife. I remember in the hymn books at the base chapel at Great Lake the words to "We are all enlisted" were changed from "soldiers in the army" to "sailors in the Navy". I still sing it that way by "accident"!

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