PROVO — On the brink of a possible war with Iraq, President Gordon B. Hinckley of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints offered words of compassion and support to the armed services during a devotional at Brigham Young University.
"It appears that the nation of which most of us are citizens is inexorably moving toward war. These are solemn and perilous times," President Hinckley said. "If there be any of our number in the reserve or National Guard who have been called to duty, we extend our great appreciation and our love and respect to them and the families they have left behind."
President Hinckley also prayed for the safety of the nation's soldiers.
"We pray with earnestness and faith that God will watch over them and preserve them and return them unharmed to those who love them most."
"In such times as this we feel the great inequality of sacrifice when men and women are called to active duty in behalf of their country. May those of us who are spared of such sacrifice never be proud or arrogant, but rather humbly grateful for those who lay their lives on the line in time of war."