Wright Words: Founding member of SEAL Team Six shares journey to LDS Church

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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    April 29, 2016 8:18 p.m.

    I read this the first time around and loved it. I loved reading it again. Conversion stories are some of the greatest to read. Thank you to the all the great examples in the story.

  • John Locke Ivins, , UT
    April 29, 2015 5:02 p.m.

    He is a winner, all around. Would hope my grandsons can do as well in life. Welcome aboard and our prayers to you and all of those who bravely and unselfishly serve and protect our country. Thanks and congratulations!

  • LDSAZ Casa Grande, AZ
    April 29, 2015 1:38 p.m.

    To all:

    You will never convince donn of anything because of the limited choice of reading of the scriptures. It is very hard for some to understand that if you are in the midst of apostasy, you know nothing of the apostasy. And if you don't read about the apostasy, you will also not know of it. And if you don't read the old testament where temple rites are described in pretty clear detail, you would not recognize that they are there. And if you ignore the organization of the church scriptures, you would deny that they are there. And if you don't read about the restoration, you would not know of its need. If you don't read scriptures about how the apostles wanted to keep the authority alive, you would not know Christ's intent regarding prophets and apostles. Some will always deny. What a wonderful story of one being led to truth. Thanks for sharing this.

  • gwtchd Mountain Village, AK
    April 29, 2015 12:39 p.m.

    @donn: The gospel was given to all but the authority of the Priesthood was not. After the authority was taken from the earth (death of all apostles and prophets) the gospel teachings were twisted and changed to fit mans desire not Gods. This is why there are so many churches with such diverse gospel beliefs. Jude 1:3 talks about those who need to be careful no to lose their first estate by holding ton to their faith.

  • FT1/SS Virginia Beach, VA
    April 29, 2015 11:55 a.m.

    Wife's best friend the past 30 years is married to a retired Seal. She knew the name Frank Phillips when I shared the story. Should be a good conversation the next time we see this couple, their not LDS.

  • BrotherofJared Long Beach, CA
    April 29, 2015 11:29 a.m.

    Brilliant article, brilliant life. To me, this looks more like the next logical step and not really a change in direction.

  • robin138 springfield, VA
    April 29, 2015 10:55 a.m.

    I lived near Tullahoma, Tennessee back in the 80s and attended a ward with a former Navy Seal and his family. He was quite soft-spoken. And the most aerobically fit person I have ever met.

  • donn layton, UT
    April 29, 2015 9:56 a.m.

    RE: Brave Sir RobinThe chain of apostolic authority ended after the death of *Peter.

    “the Gospe,l was given to the saints "once for all"( Jude 1:3 "[NIV,NLT,ESV,NET,ASB, NKJV…)
    “As translated correctly”.

    The restoration is not needed. Jude is intended to confirm the truth of *Peter’s letter and encourage the saints to ground their faith in the written documents of the nascent church, rather than listen to the twisted gospel of the false teachers(JS). Jude illustrates the necessity of clinging to the authority of scripture as opposed to those who claim to be prophets.

    ,The Apostles(Peter)did not maintain any O.T. pattern of polygamy and they and the early church condemned it.

    Justin Martyr (c.160) rebukes the Jews for allowing polygamy: "Your imprudent and blind masters even until this time permit each man to have four or five wives." 2. Irenaeus (c.180) condemns the Gnostics for, among other things, polygamy: "Others, again, following upon Basilides and Carpocrates, have introduced promiscuous intercourse and a plurality of wives..." 3. Tertullian (c.207)-Marriage Lawful, But Not Polygamy.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 29, 2015 9:06 a.m.


    "Ignatius of Antioch, Eusebius, Clement of Rome, and Polycarp, had no conception of Mormon doctrine, and they knew nothing of a "great apostasy.""

    Just to clear up one thing: Those early Christian writers were part of the great apostasy. The chain of apostolic authority ended after the death of Peter - Linus was never called or set apart as bishop of Rome. Historical writings suggest he just kind of "assumed" the role in the absence of authority. With Linus not having apostolic authority, it follows that Clement - who succeeded Linus - also had no authority. And of course, that extends to people like Ignatius, Eusebius, and Polycarp who all came much later.

    Another thing: Early Christian writers had no idea that the great apostasy was coming because the New Testament books that speak of it (namely 1 Corinthians) weren't widely known during their lifetimes, and none were even canonized until after their deaths.

  • Jer-Bear Mapleton, UT
    April 29, 2015 9:02 a.m.

    An awesome story! Congratulations Frank!!!

  • donn layton, UT
    April 29, 2015 7:53 a.m.

    RE: Flashback, what is your point?

    He has saved(Christian) us and called us to a holy life--not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time( 2 Timothy 1:9)

    Restoration of the Gospel? As non-Catholic historians admit, it can be demonstrated easily that early Church writers, such as Ignatius of Antioch, Eusebius, Clement of Rome, and Polycarp, had no conception of Mormon doctrine, and they knew nothing of a "great apostasy." Nowhere in their writings can one find references to Christians embracing any of the peculiarly Mormon doctrines, such as polytheism, polygamy, celestial marriage, and temple ceremonies.

    If the Church of the apostolic age was the prototype of today’s Mormon church, it must have had all these beliefs and practices. But why is there no evidence of them in the early centuries, before the alleged apostasy began?

  • FT1/SS Virginia Beach, VA
    April 29, 2015 7:38 a.m.

    I've known a handfull of Seal's who were LDS, including a hometeaching companion. All very quiet, and always seem to be out of the area. I always took care of the hometeaching, companion was hardly ever home.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    April 29, 2015 7:24 a.m.

    So Donn, what is your point? Did not Paul himself say that the church was built on the foundation of Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone?

  • NeilT Clearfield, UT
    April 28, 2015 7:02 p.m.

    skeptic. I heard a Navy Seal named Kevin Williams speak at a church devotional. I beleive he had been the commander of team six. Don't quote me on that. I am sure there are other Navy Seals that are Latter Day saints. Let's not forget that many LDS have and are serving in the military. A have a high school friend who served in the special forces and is now an M.D. Nothing but respect for all who wear the uniform. Bin Laden would never have been taken out of not for the skill of the chopper pilot who played a critical part in the operation. I heard he was LDS. On a side note we recently read of the baptism of Senator Pressler who represented South Dakota for three terms. Inspiring conversion stories. Both due to the example and influence of others.

  • dogchow1 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2015 4:34 p.m.

    Re: Skeptic:

    There are lots of Navy Seals and the Lord will bless each one who comes to Him as He did with Frank Phillips.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    April 28, 2015 2:40 p.m.

    How many Navy Seals are there, and are all the Navy Seals Mormons.

  • MormonForever St George, UT
    April 28, 2015 1:53 p.m.

    @donn - I am referring to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints practices the same gospel that Jesus established when he was upon the earth. It is the true and everlasting gospel.

  • fani wj, UT
    April 28, 2015 1:19 p.m.

    Great story, thanks for sharing

  • donn layton, UT
    April 28, 2015 12:35 p.m.

    RE: MormonForever. The Gospel, ”Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel=( euaggelion/good news) you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 1 Cor 15:1-4 (NIV)

    Christians are saved by God, for God, from God. “You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. 1 Thess 1:9-10 VS, Gal 1:8,

  • Marigold Provo, UT
    April 28, 2015 12:08 p.m.

    To paraphrase some of our church leaders over the years, the Gospel net pulls in all types of people--all Heavenly Father's children--and, there's always a new kid on the block. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is just amazing! It takes a mix of humility and a go-to attitude to enter the waters of baptism and to be active in The Church until one is called Home. Thanks for a great story of two amazing people.

  • MormonForever St George, UT
    April 28, 2015 10:36 a.m.

    Thank you for this wonderful story Jason. it is so wonderful to see how the gospel changes lives.

  • WarmPost slc, UT
    April 28, 2015 10:20 a.m.

    Amazing story!