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"!
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 ;).
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.
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.
"Gentlemen-Elders," 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
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.
"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, .
I sure hope they'll forgive you for calling them "soldiers".
"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.