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Do Mormons serve in the Military?

Posted on 03/10/2012 9:48:43 PM PST by 3boysdad

Just curious. I'm sure they do. I served for over 5 years and don't remember encountering any Mormons in the time I served.


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1 posted on 03/10/2012 9:48:48 PM PST by 3boysdad
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To: 3boysdad

I personally know and know of several Mormons who have served in the armed forces of the USA. They are very patriotic people in general.


2 posted on 03/10/2012 9:52:20 PM PST by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: 3boysdad

A quick google seems to indicate that they make up about 1.5% of the military, while comprising 1.7% of the general population.


3 posted on 03/10/2012 9:53:17 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: 3boysdad

Yes. Many Mormons serve in the military, all branches. Here’s a few more well known ones.

http://famousmormons.net/military.html


4 posted on 03/10/2012 9:54:41 PM PST by Allon
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To: 3boysdad; T Minus Four; 4mer Liberal

Some do. Many don’t. Most of the Mormons I knew in the military were either converts while in the military or ‘jack mormons’ not active ones. A big part of this is because the average age of joining the Military is 18-22 and active Mormon men are expected to serve an LDS mission from the ages of 19-21.

I have yet to personally meet a Mormon who joined the military after serving his LDS mission. However, I have pinged an ex-mo who might have some insight and 2 never Mormons who were in the Air Force for many years.


5 posted on 03/10/2012 9:55:23 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: 3boysdad

Romneys don’t. See tagline.


6 posted on 03/10/2012 9:56:29 PM PST by matthew fuller (A patriotic American would be ASHAMED to have 5 non-veteran adult sons.)
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To: Allon

Yeah, but are they ‘active’ Temple Mormons? Probably not.


7 posted on 03/10/2012 9:56:45 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: matthew fuller; 3boysdad

Statistically, there were increases in Mormon men serving Missions during WWII and Vietnam since they could get draft exemptions. That is what Romney did. Anything to avoid the draft.


8 posted on 03/10/2012 9:58:00 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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My brother is an active Temple Mormon, he is a captain in the U.S. Navy.


9 posted on 03/10/2012 9:59:30 PM PST by Texan Tory
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To: reaganaut

Did you read the list? Some of these guys are General Authorities and High Councilmen. I’m not sure where you’re trying to go with this, but it’s way off base.

My father was a very active temple Mormon, and he was active duty.


10 posted on 03/10/2012 10:01:34 PM PST by Allon
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To: 3boysdad

There were 2 mormons in my Army unit,one did not seem very serious about it, the other found Jesus, married a cajun girl and joined a Baptist church. My impression is that for every active mormon there is at least one former LDS. I go to an evangelical church in Colorado, and we have several former mormons in our congregation.


11 posted on 03/10/2012 10:06:07 PM PST by cookcounty (Newt 2012: ---> Because he got it DONE.)
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To: 3boysdad

I had a Mormon Army buddy in Viet Nam. He was a great guy and at the time was quite a partier or “Jack” Mormon.


12 posted on 03/10/2012 10:06:12 PM PST by unkus (After his discharge from the army he)
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To: Texan Tory

Thanks to your brother for his service!

Also, the LDS Church has an ongoing program to help it’s members serving in the military. There’s even a program for LDS military chaplains. A few resources here:

http://www.lds.org/service/serving-in-the-church/other-callings/military-relations?lang=eng


13 posted on 03/10/2012 10:09:57 PM PST by Allon
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To: 3boysdad
Yes they do. I'm wont vote for Romney but any question about Mormon's ib the military is pure bullsh3T.
Utah the most heavily populated Mormon state sends has more folks serving, like the other intermountain states, than any other region outside of the south..
14 posted on 03/10/2012 10:11:27 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Allon

In the case of my brother, he served a mission, then went to BYU and was involved in an ROTC program there, then he joined the Navy as a junior officer, eventually being promoted to Captain, his current rank. I’m not a ‘temple Mormon,’ but he still is.


15 posted on 03/10/2012 10:11:53 PM PST by Texan Tory
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To: Allon
I had 48 years military.
16 posted on 03/10/2012 10:12:05 PM PST by BlueMoose
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To: matthew fuller
I also seem to recall a comment from Willard about his boys that their serving as part of his campaign was equivalent to military service.
17 posted on 03/10/2012 10:20:48 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: reaganaut
I am an active “temple Mormon” I served in the Army
from 1958 to 1961. I was in Germany for two years.

I have a son who served a mission and has been in the Air Force for 20 years. He is an “Active Temple Mormon”.

He served one tour in Kuwait and two tours in Iraq as a
Weapons Director. He also served two tours in Korea.

He just returned from Korea.

Many of the General Authorities in the Church have a Military background.

My family has had 8 members serve in the military from WWII, Korea, the Cold War and Vietnam. They were my Brothers and a Sister.

18 posted on 03/10/2012 10:21:17 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: BlueMoose

http://www.lds.org/pa/display/0,17884,4890-1,00.html


19 posted on 03/10/2012 10:25:10 PM PST by BlueMoose
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To: reaganaut
Some do. Many don’t. Most of the Mormons I knew in the military were either converts while in the military or ‘jack mormons’ not active ones. A big part of this is because the average age of joining the Military is 18-22 and active Mormon men are expected to serve an LDS mission from the ages of 19-21. I have yet to personally meet a Mormon who joined the military after serving his LDS mission. However, I have pinged an ex-mo who might have some insight and 2 never Mormons who were in the Air Force for many years.

My experience as well. I think it is telling given that this country was not founded on mormonism. I'm sure there have been mormons that have served, but I doubt the ratio even compares on an equivalent basis to the descendants of Christian founders of this once great country.

20 posted on 03/10/2012 10:27:19 PM PST by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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To: 3boysdad

I knew several Mormons in the ‘Corps. All infantry.


21 posted on 03/10/2012 10:28:56 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: Dan(9698)

great info. I wondered this too..

And thank you and your family for your service to our country.


22 posted on 03/10/2012 10:29:52 PM PST by Palin_Rubio2012
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To: matthew fuller
Romneys don’t. See tagline.

Excellent point. Which is why I created the post.

23 posted on 03/10/2012 10:31:02 PM PST by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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To: Texan Tory

Was he born in the church or a convert? Did he serve an LDS mission at age 19?


24 posted on 03/10/2012 10:31:03 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: 3boysdad

Yes, they do,

but NOT the Romney’s.


25 posted on 03/10/2012 10:31:18 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Texan Tory

And I’ll be praying for your brother that he comes out of the darkness and into the light of Christ.


26 posted on 03/10/2012 10:31:36 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Allon

It is very unsual is what I am getting at and during the draft a lot of Mormons didn’t serve esp if they could get a draft exemption. Romney is proof.


27 posted on 03/10/2012 10:32:45 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: reaganaut

He was born in the church, and served an LDS mission when he was 19.


28 posted on 03/10/2012 10:34:25 PM PST by Texan Tory
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To: Dan(9698)

Did you serve a mission before you joined the Army?


29 posted on 03/10/2012 10:35:14 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: Texan Tory

Even more unusual. It isn’t as common as it is with other groups.


30 posted on 03/10/2012 10:35:57 PM PST by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian "I once was lost, but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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To: reaganaut

“And I’ll be praying for your brother that he comes out of the darkness and into the light of Christ.”

Well, whether I agree with you, I do appreciate your kind thoughts regarding the well-being of his soul.


31 posted on 03/10/2012 10:38:44 PM PST by Texan Tory
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To: cookcounty

“the other found Jesus, married a cajun girl and joined a Baptist church.”

No disrespect to anyone, but there is a good song in that story, somewhere.


32 posted on 03/10/2012 10:39:49 PM PST by jocon307
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To: reaganaut

Three of my Brothers were drafted. Two were married and it destroyed one marriage, and the other four years older than me almost starved with his wife.

I and my younger brothers joined to avoid the draft when we would have been drafted after we were married.

My son joined after serving a mission and the draft had ended.


33 posted on 03/10/2012 10:40:29 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: reaganaut

I didn’t but my youngest brother did.

Also my wife’s brother served in the Air Force after serving a mission.

There are many who join after serving a mission.


34 posted on 03/10/2012 10:43:55 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: 3boysdad
Do Mormons serve in the Military?

Some do. Romneys don't. Never have; probably never will.

35 posted on 03/10/2012 10:45:28 PM PST by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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To: reaganaut

Perhaps his serving a mission then going into the military is a bit out of the ordinary, statistically. Interestingly, BYU currently has ROTC programs for Army and Air Force, but does not now have an ROTC program for the Navy, and I’m not sure why. My brother graduated from BYU in the 80s, and there was a Navy ROTC program at that time, although I don’t know if it was on campus. I’m not sure when it was discontinued.


36 posted on 03/10/2012 10:46:42 PM PST by Texan Tory
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To: Dan(9698)

Hmmmm... well there you go. Mormons defeated the Nazi’s from all their service. So I’m wondering, if a mormon became President how would it be any different than the muslim we have now? I wonder about that. What exactly do mormons stand for? Do mormons revere Isreal as the true residence of the Holy of Holies, or does the “temple” in SLC trump that? What does it mean to be a “temple mormon” anyway? Do you get special pajamas? Are mormons, in general, required support Mittens?


37 posted on 03/10/2012 10:54:49 PM PST by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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To: 3boysdad
Mormons believe the Constitution was inspired of God.

We believe in Honoring Sustaining and Upholding the law of the land. Church members in general desire that the Constitution be followed. The Church does not advocate violating laws in the name of the Church.

There are some like Harry Reid who do not believe the same as the Church in general.

We believe that Israel is dedicated to the return of the Jews.

We believe that Christ's temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem

There is no designation of “Temple Mormons” in the Church.

That is someones description of active members who attend Temple Worship. I used the term because someone asked a question, and it was easier to use his term to describe myself as an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

38 posted on 03/10/2012 11:15:52 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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That's good to know. I would assume from your description that anyone off the street could walk into the “temple” in SLC and worship the one true God whose seat is in Israel. Do mormons try to convert Jews in Israel? Is there a missionary plan for this at work?
39 posted on 03/10/2012 11:32:10 PM PST by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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Are mormons, in general, required support Mittens?

The official church policy is that we should be active in political and civic affairs.

The Church does not advocate for, or endorse individuals or partys.

Political subjects cannot be advocated from the Pulpit.

Personally I would rather have Palin or Cain as president.

I am not if favor of Romney because he is a North-East Liberal like a lot of other RINO politicians.

I also opposed Harry Ried for re-election.

Being a member of the Church is not as important as following the Constitution.

Being a member of the Church is a personal decision and not for telling others what to believe or do.

40 posted on 03/10/2012 11:32:24 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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There are requirements to be able to participate in Temple Worship, but anyone who follows those requirements can attend the temple.

My Wife and I attended a session in the Salt Lake Temple last week.

The Church has BYU studies in Israel, but does not have a Missionary effort there. The Church does not Proselytize in Israel at this time.

41 posted on 03/10/2012 11:38:23 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: Dan(9698)

Thank you. You’ve been more than gracious in yor replies. My appologies for playing the role of “prick”.


42 posted on 03/10/2012 11:47:57 PM PST by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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Sometimes people need to be “pricked”.

I could tell you were serious in your queries.


43 posted on 03/10/2012 11:51:52 PM PST by Dan(9698)
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To: 3boysdad
Just curious. I'm sure they do. I served for over 5 years and don't remember encountering any Mormons in the time I served.

Better question:

Why do people clog up Free Republic with stupid posts instead of just doing a Google search?

44 posted on 03/11/2012 12:09:27 AM PST by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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>”Why do people clog up Free Republic with stupid posts instead of just doing a Google search?”<

Just a guess, because Google doesn't post back and ask them why they didn't check Bing?

45 posted on 03/11/2012 12:14:33 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: 3boysdad

a lot of LDS missionaries learn exotic languages and are very valuable in the military intelligence because of their knowledge of third world countries.


46 posted on 03/11/2012 1:27:31 AM PST by LadyDoc
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To: 3boysdad

Yes, I have two friends who are norman who served with me.


47 posted on 03/11/2012 3:52:33 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: 3boysdad

Yes, I have two friends who are norman who served with me.


48 posted on 03/11/2012 3:52:39 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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Yes, I have two friends who are norman who served with me.

What, they were both named "Norman?"

So you knew two Mormon corpsmen named "Norman?"

Regards

Reference to a schtick by Bill Daley in the old "Bob Newhart Show."

49 posted on 03/11/2012 4:13:20 AM PDT by alexander_busek
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To: 3boysdad

Heck yes. I served with several in Special Forces. 19th Group has a bunch....


50 posted on 03/11/2012 4:40:41 AM PDT by Shamrock-DW
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