Janice, of West Valley City, was just getting off work Wednesday evening when she heard that U.S.-led forces were launching massive air raids on Iraq.
As she sat in her car and listened to the news reports, her thoughts turned to her husband, a soldier with the Utah-based 144th Evacuation Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia."It's hard to believe (war) came this soon," said Janice, 23, who did not want to give her last name.
"My husband is a medic but he is still in danger. I heard on the radio that in Riyadh bomb sirens were going off."
Though a military wife, Janice said she does not support the air strikes against Iraq.
"I know we should be doing something, but I don't feel war is the answer. It's not serious enough a situation that we need to go to war. Sanctions should have been given more time, especially when lives are in jeopardy."
Janice spoke with the Deseret News outside the Cathedral of the Madeleine, where she and her mother had gone to pray for their loved one and for the other soldiers.
They were one of a few dozen people who came to the cathedral Wednesday night to invoke divine intervention in the conflict.
Like Janice, Elbert Peck, 36, expressed opposition to the fighting.
"This thing saddens me very much," Peck said. "I don't think it was right for us to go to war, but we're in it and would like God to bring some good out of it."
John Pettis, 32, whose little brother was called up to active duty in the Coast Guard, said he is behind President Bush "100 percent."
"I said prayers for the guys (American soldiers) and for the Iraqis. I also said some prayers for President Bush. That guy has aged 20 years. He could use a couple of prayers right now."
Down the street from the cathedral, an unplanned anti-war demonstration was gaining momentum outside the Federal Building, where about 100 protesters sang songs and carried signs urging U.S. leaders to "give peace a chance."
One of those leaders, Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, was surrounded by protesters as he left the building en route to another appointment. As Garn defended Operation Desert Storm and compared Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to Adolf Hitler, the senator incurred the wrath of people in the crowd, one of whom yelled, "We are not in the 1940s anymore."
Siamak Khadj, originally of Iran, confronted Garn to express outrage over what he sees as U.S. hypocrisy.
"Where was the United States when Iraq attacked Iran eight years ago? (The United States) applauded Iraq at that time." Khadj said the United States only commits its troops when it is in the nation's own corporate interests.
Further south on State Street, motorists worried about possible higher gas prices stopped at service stations Thursday to top off their fuel tanks.
"I figure the gas prices would go up," said Ken Norman, 52, who put $5 worth of $1.20 gas into his car. "My wife's got a car and she's gassing up tonight too."