At the October 1986 general conference's priesthood session, President Gordon B. Hinckley, then first counselor in the First Presidency, spoke of the lives lost as nations go to war, and the bodies maimed and minds destroyed. He noted that some wars last a long time, stretching over many years.
"But there is another war that has gone on since before the world was created and which is likely to continue for a long time yet to come," President Hinckley said. He quoted John the Revelator's account of the war in heaven. (See Rev. 12:7-9.)"That war, so bitter, so intense, has gone on, and it has never ceased," President Hinckley said. "It is the war between truth and error, between agency and compulsion, between the followers of Christ and those who have denied Him. His enemies have used every stratagem in that conflict. They've indulged in lying and deceit. They've employed money and wealth. They've tricked the minds of men. They've murdered and destroyed and engaged in every other unholy and impure practice to thwart the work of Christ."
He said that war began in the earth when Cain slew Abel, and has continued into this dispensation. He quoted a challenge the Lord issued to those of this dispensation who are engaged in the war against the adversary:
"Wherefore, lift up your hearts and rejoice, and gird up your loins, and take upon you my whole armor, that ye may be able to withstand the evil day. . . .
"Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, which I have sent mine angels to commit unto you;
"Taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked;
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of my Spirit, . . . and be faithful until I come, and ye shall be caught up, that where I am ye shall be also." (D&C 27:15-18.)
"The war goes on," President Hinckley said. "It is waged across the world over the issues of agency and compulsion. It is waged by an army of missionaries over the issues of truth and error. It is waged in our own lives, day in and day out, in our homes, in our work, in our school associations; it is waged over questions of love and respect, of loyalty and fidelity, of obedience and integrity. We are all involved in it . . . each of us. We are winning, and the future never looked brighter."