30 years ago today - Mar 10, 1991

Deseret News publishes a report by the national Associate Press of first counselor Thomas S. Monson's allowance for conscientious objection against the Persian Gulf War. Although emphatic that LDS church leaders and membership support national decisions concerning war, Monson adds that a Mormon conscientious objector "can serve in some capacity that will suit his conscience and country together." This contrasts with the LDS hierarchy's position during the Vietnam War when the only public statement was Boyd K. Packer's condemnation of conscientious objectors.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

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