In the early 1830s, when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was less than three years old, the Lord invited members of the Church to seek wisdom by study and by the exercise of faith:
“And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118).
This is more than a simple exhortation to learn about the gospel. It is an invitation from the Lord to recognize that not all sources of knowledge are equally reliable. Seeking “out of the best books” does not mean seeking only one set of opinions, but it does require us to distinguish between reliable sources and unreliable sources.
Recognizing that today so much information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be obtained from questionable and often inaccurate sources, officials of the Church began in 2013 to publish straightforward, in-depth essays on a number of topics. The purpose of these essays, which have been approved by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has been to gather accurate information from many different sources and publications and place it in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org, where the material can more easily be accessed and studied by Church members and other interested parties.
The Church places great emphasis on knowledge and on the importance of being well informed about Church history, doctrine, and practices. Ongoing historical research, revisions of the Church’s curriculum, and the use of new technologies allowing a more systematic and thorough study of scriptures have all been pursued by the Church to that end. We again encourage members to study the Gospel Topics essays cited in the links below as they “seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”
- A World War II vet standing with President Donald Trump burst into song at a Pearl Harbor commemoration event.
- Retired Senior Chief Quartermaster Michael "Mickey" Ganitch sang "Remember Pearl Harbor."
- Ganitch has a pretty remarkable story himself.
To commemorate the 76th anniversary of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were joined by a group of World War II veterans to sign a presidential proclamation declaring Dec. 7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, commemorating the 2,300 service members who lost their lives during the Japanese surprise attack on the Hawaii naval station in 1941.
And while Trump has occasionally put his foot in his mouth during military-related ceremonies — I wouldn't necessarily call a surprise bombardment "a pretty wild scene" — nobody was paying attention to the commander-in-chief.
After Trump reminded spectators assembled at the White House to "remember Pearl Harbor," one of the five World War II vets who had joined the commander-in-chief, retired Senior Chief Quartermaster Michael "Mickey" Ganitch, burst into song:
Ganitch, who was assigned to the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) in August 1941, sang "Remember Pearl Harbor," a 1942 tribute to the service members who lost their lives during the attack, written by American big-band songwriters Sammy Kaye and Don Reid.
Graduates of Ohio University will absolutely recognize that tune as the same as "Alma Mater":
Don't get distracted by the song: Ganitch has a pretty remarkable story himself. With the Pennsylvania crew due to face off against the USS Arizona for the fleet football championship on that fateful morning, Ganitch and his shipmates were decked out in their football gear when the Pennsylvania sounded a general quarters alarm in response to the first air attack by Japan just before 8 a.m.
"Hearing the alarm, you report for your battle station immediately, in whatever you are wearing," Ganitch, now living in Alameda, California, recounted to Saluting Military Recruits when he was honored by the San Francisco Bay Area veterans organization in June.
"As my battle station was in the crow's nest of the main mast, I reported there in my football uniform, minus cleat, and helmet. The shoulder pads made it difficult to get through the trapdoor."
Of all the things to get frustrated over, don't flip out over Trump calling Pearl Harbor a "pretty wild scene" — based on his account of the attack, it seems like Ganitch might agree.