Youth were generals in the War in Heaven

False / and even the Church says so

boyd-k-packer-largeA favorite saying that usually gets attributed to President Boyd K. Packer (or another General Authority) is that today’s youth were “generals in the War in Heaven” and in some future day will be worshiped by other eternal souls who will fall to a hush when they hear that the youth lived in the time of Gordon B. Hinckley.

This rumor is so prevalent that the Church even came out to deny it. The Church published the following statement in the Church News on April 28, 2001:

President Boyd K. Packer, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve, has released the following concerning a statement he is said to have made: “We continue to receive reports of the distribution of a quote attributed to me which begins, ‘The youth of the Church today were generals in the war in heaven,’ and ends with the statement that when they return to heaven ‘all in attendance will bow in your presence.’

“I did not make that statement. I do not believe that statement. The statement, on occasion, has been attributed to others of the First Presidency and the Twelve. None of the Brethren made that statement.”

President Packer has sent a letter to mission presidents requesting their help in clarifying this matter among missionaries and members, and has had posted on some Internet sites carrying the statement a notice that he did not make this declaration.

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