U.S. military men and women "help people and nations find their way into the democratic society of the global family of nations," said President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, speaking at a special military fireside held in the church’s Draper Utah Stake Center last Sunday.

"Perhaps the most important lessons you will be able to teach as you are among foreign people, in dangerous locations, are support courage to do what is right, advance independent thinking and create a desire to stand up for moral values and freedom of religion that will transcend local traditions and nations’ history."

Noting that members of the armed forces reach out to many countries and encounter those that are friendly or hostile, the church leader admonished: "Remember, wherever you go, you always go as brothers and sisters to those whom you are going to meet. All human beings on this beautiful planet Earth are spirit children of the same Father in Heaven."

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