Courage and valor: 'The Mormon boy didn't need a drink'

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  • John Simpson ARLINGTON, VA
    May 28, 2013 1:39 p.m.

    The headline "courage and valor" doesn't seem to apply all that much to the story about the experience of Bro. Peterson (r.i.p.). Sure, it's an interesting anecdote of life in the Navy, and there's no question but that he served honorably. However, the article contains no indication that he was persecuted for his beliefs or that he exhibited unusual "courage and valor" in that regard. On the contrary, it would appear that his superiors did not disrespect him for being LDS, and indeed they reposed ample trust in him.

    In contrast, Bro. Kettley recounts an instance where courage and valor WERE required in living the gospel in a military setting. This should be developed into a DN article of its own.

  • william e. kettley SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    May 27, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    My experience as a young Marine was the discouragement we received as a Platoon to attend Church on Sundays. The Instructor held up the Marine Corps Manual and told us that was our Bible for the next 13 weeks. Several of us stepped forward to attend Church, knowing that we would be punished in some way when we returned. We were invited into the Drill Instructor's Duty Hut, were both threatened and abused, as no one could see it. We stuck it out each week. It ceased to take place in about 3 weeks. We were all glad we stuck it out, because it was our link to our spiritual life we needed to give excellent service in our countries protection. Trust in the Lord is vital to our success. It has always been the case.
    I've always been grateful for His protection and encouragement from His living prophets. . .
    William Kettley, USMC 1957-1963

  • JonathanPDX Portland, Oregon
    May 25, 2013 12:30 p.m. most cases, probably.
    They are, after all, human.

    Why do you ask?

  • Ranch Hand Bountiful, UT
    May 25, 2013 12:29 p.m.

    Wow, inspiring?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 25, 2013 10:45 a.m.

    Suzy...are they humble?

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    May 25, 2013 7:10 a.m.

    And that's the way most Mormons are....trustworthy - diligent - good friends.