To the editor:

With recognition that we are poised on the brink of war, I am enriched by what the late columnist Sydney Harris would have called "Things I Found On The Way to Finding Something Else."General Omar Bradley, hero of "my" war - World War II - "We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount . . . Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace - more about killing than we know about living."

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, under President Spencer W. Kimball, Church News, Dec. 20, 1980: "We are dismayed by the growing tensions among the nations, and the unrestricted building of arsenals of war, including huge and threatening nuclear weaponry. Nuclear war, when unleashed on a scale for which the nations are preparing, spares no living thing within the perimeter of its initial destructive force, and sears and mains and kills wherever its pervasive cloud reaches.

"While recognizing the need for strength to repel an aggressor, we are enjoined by the word of God to `renounce war and proclaim peace.' We call upon the heads of nations to sit down and reason together in good faith to resolve their differences. If men of good will can bring themselves to do so, they may save the world from a holocaust the depth and breadth of which can scarcely be imagined. We are confident that when there is enough of a desire for peace and a will to bring it about, it is not beyond the possibility of attainment."

Ten years later, I thank all that's holy for someone else's words - along with many others - that say what I feel at this Christmas time, 1990.

Emma Lou Thayne

Salt Lake City