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12 Step Materials for the Latter-day Saint Community

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Here in the United States, on the last Monday in May, we honor those who have given their lives in active military service. This is the official observance of our Memorial Day.

For many of us, however, it has also become a day when our thoughts are drawn to other, non-military loved ones who have passed through the veil before us. While it bothers some that we include civilians in our observance of this day, it makes sense if we take a broader view.

While on this earth, we are all actively engaged in the battle between good and evil.  Whether we realize it or not, we spend our lives in spiritual military service—taking our marching orders from either Christ or the adversary. In the end, we all pass on while still active duty.

And so today, my heart is drawn to all those who have gone before me, and to those who are still here, still in active duty, who deeply feel the loss of those who were so important to them. I pray for those on both sides of the veil and take hope in the memory of the Atonement and the assurance that some day, we will be reunited with our loved ones.

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~Karlene B.

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