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By Kent Larsen

Church Promotes Hinckley Conference Address

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- In an unusual move, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is promoting Church President Gordon B. Hinckley's Sunday morning address to media throughout the U.S. and around the world. The Church has released his remarks as part of a news release titled, "President Hinckley Offers Counsel in the Face of War," and put the release on the new service P.R. Newswire, in addition to its normal submissions of releases to local media. The Church uses the news service only occasionally, for its most important press releases.

President Hinckley's address came at a unique time. For the first time since 1949, when General Conference was first broadcast on television, church-owned KSL-TV interrupted the broadcast for breaking news. Television viewers in Utah seeing General Conference on KSL saw General Conference interrupted to hear U.S. President George W. Bush announce the U.S. attacks on Afghanistan, and were directed to BYU's television station, KBYU, for the rest of the session of Conference.

But for those attending conference or listening to conference through the Church's satellite system or Internet broadcast, President Hinckley's remarks were the first they heard of the attacks, "I have just been handed a note that says the United States missile attack is under way," President Hinckley said at the beginning of his remarks.

The balance of President Hinckley's remarks addressed the attacks and the war that had just started. He said that the war could impact the work of the church in various ways, citing its possible effect on the Church' welfare system because of the decline in the U.S. economy. The war could also affect the missionary program and the church's ability to administer the church.

President Hinckley advised church members to be tolerant of Muslims, who some might blame for the attacks, "This is not a matter of Christian against Muslim," he said, and soon added, "We value our Muslim neighbors across the world and hope that those who live by the tenets of their faith will not suffer. I ask particularly that our own people do not become a party in any way to the persecution of the innocent. Rather, let us be friendly and helpful, protective and supportive."

He went on to compare terrorists to the Gadianton Robbers in the Book of Mormon, and condemned the use of religion to justify evil, "Religion offers no shield for wickedness, for evil." President Hinckley also recalled the counsel of previous church leaders to store food and supplies, and recalled the prophecies about the last days, but added, "I am optimistic. I do not believe that the time is here when an all-consuming calamity will overtake us. I earnestly pray that it may not. There is so much of the Lord's work yet to be done."


The Times in Which We Live
LDS Church News Release 7Oct01 N1

President Hinckley Offers Counsel in the Face of War
PRNewswire 7Oct01 N1

President Hinckley Offers Counsel in the Face of War
LDS Church News Release 7Oct01 N1


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