Doug Tales 94: Natural Law, Part Four

Doug Mendenhall often used a “back door approach” to understanding spiritual light, by looking at the parallel opposite of spiritual evil. If the adversary works according to natural law, Doug taught, then one can use those same principles to conquer spiritual evil and work towards truth, as he illustrates in I See…Awake! (2015), on pages 44-45. He also shares an example of the spiritual opposite of generational curses in Possibilities: Lessons From the Spirit (2002) on pages 122-126:

Natural Law Principle 4: Everything has its opposites; everything has a dual nature to it. Some call this polarity.

“And to bring about his eternal purposes in the end of man, after he had created our first parents, and the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and in fine, all things which are created, it must needs be that there was an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter.” (2 Nephi 2:15)

For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; wherefore, if it should be one body it must needs remain as dead, having no life neither death, nor corruption nor incorruption, happiness nor misery, neither sense nor insensibility.” (2 Nephi 2:11)

Without this polarity or opposites, God couldn’t bring about His purposes.


It seems that by repenting or not making the same mistake, it would purify our lineage or even our DNA. The Lord does state in the Bible and the Doctrine and Covenants that the sins are carried down generationally. Would He not then make it possible to heal it back the other way if we repent? Could that possibly be in our DNA?

It seems that all of our memories may be recorded in our DNA. If our memories are, then so are our ancestors memories, along with all of their hangups, sins, etc. I guess the Lord was right, they are carried down “to the third and fourth generation.”

I had the chance to witness this first hand with a therapist. She worked on an acquaintance of mine while I was present. We’ll call him Sam. Sam struggled with depression issues for years, as has his family. He was nervous about seeing the therapist.

She had Sam relaxed on the table in a short time. She had him “look inside” and see his DNA. I was fascinated. He said he could see it.

“Take a look up and down it to see if it looks dirty or is clean,” she told him.

“It kind of looks gray in spots,” he answered back.

“Now, I want you to unravel it, so it looks like a ladder,” she said. “Then start at the top and look down the whole thing and tell me what you see.”

“OK,” Sam said, “I have unraveled it. It looks like a ladder now. I’m starting at the top and going down.”

This was so fascinating to me. Apparently she does this all the time when she feels generational healing might be needed and it’s encoded in the DNA.

“Wow,” Sam almost yelled, “there’s a huge black ball right there. The sides of the ladder have to go around it.”

“I want you to look into it and tell me what you see,” she asked.

“It’s all dark,” he said, “it’s depression, and all kinds of negative emotions!”

“Now let’s go back,” she said again, “back in your generations to see where it started. Is it with your dad or mom?”

“It’s with my dad,” he responded.

“Good,” she said, “keep following it back until you find where it started.”

Sam went back eight generations. He said he found himself in Scandinavia. He didn’t know what the year was, but it was back well over one hundred years.

“I can see a woman,” he said, “She is outside her house or cottage. She had a young son with her, he must be around two years old. They are eating outside, having a picnic. She isn’t paying attention to her little boy. He has wandered off and has fallen in the canal by their house.”

Sam went on to tell us that he saw the boy drown. He then felt the guilt and remorse of this young mother. She felt horrible, and Sam felt all of it. Then to make matters worse, her husband blamed her and really let her have it. That made the guilt she was feeling even greater. She had a death wish, blaming herself for her son drowning.

Then Sam described how he “saw” this guilt imprinted on the young mother’s DNA, and how he saw all of his ancestors between her and him add to it with their depression, guilt and negative emotions.

The therapist then proceeded to tell Sam to bring Christ into the picture, and to ask Him to come. Then she said to take Christ to the young woman, where she is right now.

“All of my relatives seem to be in a large area,” he said, “Christ is there now. He is taking their pain, guilt and negative emotions away. Some of them are staying away, I guess they aren’t ready to be healed.”

It was so fascinating listening to him describe all of this. The therapist then had him look at his DNA and see if the “black ball” was smaller or gone. He did and indicated that it was pretty much gone. She then ended the session.

Needless to say it was quite an experience for Sam, his wife and myself. I had never experienced anything quite like it. The therapist said that many people have come to her just for generational healing.

I have not met one person that does alternative therapy (I don’t like that term) who had not told me that most issues they help people with end up having to do with generational healing. And I have met dozens during our book review meetings. In fact, I make it a point to ask them about generational healing when I find out they do other therapies.

Is it possible that in addition to genealogy and ordinances for those that have passed on, we can also be “saviors on Mt. Zion” by repenting and healing ourselves, thereby healing our ancestors in the process?

Through our experiences from talking to many people about this possibility of generational healing, we have found that the ones that seem to have the most success are those that bring Christ into it, make Him the focus of all healing that goes on, and allow their client or patient to give their pain, grief, sorrows, and negative garbage to Him. Jesus Christ has paid the price for ALL of us and had descended below all things. He is the only one that can truly heal any of us.

A friend shared an old saying with me. I wish I knew where it came from. It goes: “People tend to oppose that which they do not understand, and the greater their ignorance the greater the opposition.”

It is my hope that those who haven’t heard of or thought of a possibility like generational healing won’t oppose it because they haven’t heard of it or don’t understand. I would ask that they please study the scriptures and ask our Heavenly Father. Seek out someone that does other therapies and ask them to relate their experiences. If you don’t ridicule them, they probably will be able to relate many experiences to you. Even better yet, find one that works with Christ and let them work with you and then watch your own genealogy take off!

The possibility of helping our ancestors by helping ourselves is an incredible concept! To think that we may be able to help our families by stopping, changing or repenting is such a wonderful possibility. From our experiences I can understand why it is so important that our hearts be turned to our ancestors and their hearts be turned to us. What a wonderful way our Heavenly Father has provided for us to help them, not just by doing saving ordinances and genealogy, but by bringing in Christ to heal us, thereby healing them. He truly is the Master Healer in many ways. I am grateful His atonement can be effective in my life, the lives of my ancestors, and all of God’s children to help all of us heal.