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Church-endorsed chaplains serving worldwide work daily with a variety of people marked by both physical and emotional scars.
“You chaplains are a wonderful source of healing because you know where the Master Healer is who has the answers for every concern in life,” said Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Elder Uchtdorf’s instructive, uplifting counsel on Tuesday, Oct. 5, concluded the 2021 Chaplain Ecclesiastical Endorsement Training for Latter-day Saint chaplains. More than 200 Church-endorsed chaplains and their spouses participated, in person or virtually, in the annual seminar traditionally held in conjunction with October general conference.
The gathering is sponsored by the Church’s Military Relations and Chaplain Services office.
This year’s participants wore a variety of uniforms — including those of several branches of the United States Armed Forces, the U.S. Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies and fire departments. Church-sponsored civilian chaplains ministering in hospitals, prisons, schools and other locations also participated.
“Let me just express my gratitude to all of you for your marvelous work and for what you are doing for the Church and for the people around the globe who very much rely on your insights and your willingness to offer time, talents and love,” said Elder Uchtdorf.
Besides Elder Uchtdorf, a collection of Church leaders, educators and clerics offered instruction during the three-day conference held at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City. Among presenters were an Anglican scholar, the Rev. Dr. Andrew Teal, and the U.S. Navy chief of chaplains, Rear Adm. Brent W. Scott.
Elder Uchtdorf said he could think of no office “so delicately balanced between church and state” as a military chaplain. “On one hand, the military chaplains wear the uniform of their service. They are answerable to their commander … [serving in times] of war and peace.
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