Brigham Young made Thanksgiving Day official in Utah Territory almost twelve years before Lincoln declared it to be a national holiday.
In this pilot episode, Russell Stevenson and Kate Harline discuss the historical undergirdings for the Mormon position on war. Drawing on Mormon scripture and various episodes of Mormon armed conflict, they show that the Saints’ views on war have been more ambivalent than contemporary Mormon assumptions might suggest. Stay tuned for more.
For Hosea Stout’s 1846 response to the Mexican-American war, see here.
For the First Presidency’s 1942 statement on war, see here.
For Spencer W. Kimball’s 1976 condemnation of the military-industrial complex, see here.