Doug Tales 93: Natural Law, Part Three

Correspondence is natural law principle number three. Doug Mendenhall discusses “as above, so below” in I See…Awake! (2015), on pages 43-44, and in I See…Arise! (2016), on pages 370-372. The correspondence aspect of our world and cosmos could be called a “mirror dimension” as so much on one level of living is literally reflected in multiple ways in other aspects of life. Of course, “seeing” requires that you be looking for such images. Which leads to the double meaning of the word, correspondence, which most think of as a letter being mailed from one person to another. Are you getting the message of natural law?

Natural Law Principle 3: Everything corresponds to everything else, meaning that which is above is like that which is below.

The macrocosm and the microcosm are reflections of each other.

Science has seen two things in relation to our reality: that our universe is “holographic” in nature, and reality is fractal in nature. Our universe is self-similar across all scales, from the macro to the micro. Quoting the apostle Paul, Joseph Smith said, “Paul says that which is Earthly is in likeness of that which is Heavenly.” (Words of Joseph Smith, p. 380)

Later in this book we will discuss the Fibonacci sequence of numbers and how they are represented in all of nature. Fibonacci spirals can be found everywhere in nature, from the shape of galaxies to the shell of a snail. Many flowers, ferns, pinecones, pineapples, hurricanes and even the tail of a seahorse have this sacred spiral. Nature grows according to this sequence of numbers. As above, so below.

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The earth has several motions. 1) It spins on its axis and gives us a twenty-four period we call night and day. 2) It takes 365 days for the earth to rotate around our sun which gives us our year, and because of its tilted axis we get our four seasons during this yearly cycle. These are the two known and accepted motions of our earth.

The far less known and understood cycle is the Precession of the Equinox. Nearly all scientists agree that it refers to a “wobble” our earth has and it takes anywhere from 24,000 to 26,000 years for our earth to “wobble” once.

If you go outside at 10 p.m. and look at the North Pole star (Polaris) and take a picture of the sky, and then do it again at 4 a.m. you will notice that Polaris is in the same spot and the rest of the sky has rotated around it. That is because of the earth’s spin. Our axis points toward Polaris at this moment. Every 72 years our axis moves one degree away from Polaris. In a complete circle there are 360 degrees. 72 years times 360 degrees is 25,920 years for our axis to go completely around the sky and come back to pointing at Polaris again.

This means that at the time of Christ there was a different “North Pole” star. Four or five thousand years ago the north pole of the Earth’s spin axis pointed to Thuban, a star in the constellation of Draco. In about 12,000 years from now our North axis will be pointing to a different star near Vega. This is the Precession of the Equinox. It goes backward through the Zodiac.

Our sky is divided up into twelve constellations that are the zodiac signs that this precession travels through. Anciently there were thirteen, which then would take about 2,000 years for the precession to go through each sign which totals the 25,920 years per cycle, give or take a few hundred years. This means that 4,000 years before Jesus Christ was born our axis pointed to a north star in the constellation of Taurus, the Bull. 2,000 years before the birth of Christ the axis entered the constellation of Aries, the Ram. When our Lord Jesus Christ was born it entered the constellation of Pisces, the Fish. We just entered the Age of Aquarius, the Water Bearer, around the year 2,000 AD.

One of the principles of natural law (which we discussed in the previous volume I See…Awake!) states that “everything corresponds to everything else, meaning that which is above is like that which is below. The macrocosm and the microcosm are reflections of each other.” The new age movement has termed this “as above, so below.”

 One of the meanings of this in relation to what we are discussing is that wherever the earth’s axis is pointed to in the heavens, that is the energy that is influencing us.

Anciently, worship of Taurus the Bull dates back to the Taurine Age (approx. 4139 BC to 1963 BC). What the bull represents would be an enlightening topic for your study. Then we had the age of Aries, the Ram. This would be during the time of Moses and the Prophets. Did God have them sacrifice rams and sheep on the altars of the Temple? At the start of the Piscean age (Fish) our Lord shows up as the “Fisher of men.” Some of his disciples are fishermen. They talk of throwing out the gospel net. That is the energy that was on our earth until just recently. We are now transitioning from the Piscean age to the Aquarian age. (Now that is a very interesting topic to research, too!)

What I am trying to say is that the heavens are fully involved and are an active participant in the evolution of our consciousness. The energy coming down upon us plays an important role in who and what we are. I will not go into it in this book, but our birth time and date are important and does influence what we are. If these things didn’t matter, I don’t think God would pay so much attention to dates.

The Great Year is also divided into cycles, similar to our earthly year which has four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. These four time periods were further divided into shorter periods that corresponded to the 12 constellations of the zodiac, similar to the year having been divided into twelve months. The ancients determined where they were in the Great Year by determining where the equinox rose relative to the twelve background constellations in the sky. So they had a way of keeping daily time, yearly time, and long cycle time. Each had a beginning and an end, all based on celestial motions.

The ancients also recorded all of this in their myths, legends, and folklore. They talked extensively of the past Golden Age and lamented the coming Dark Age. They called the ages, Golden, Silver, Bronze, and Iron. This knowledge got lost over time so that in our day we hardly know anything about it. Abraham of the Old Testament went to Egypt and taught Pharaoh all about the ancient knowledge of the stars and systems. Would this information of the earth’s “wobble” and the “Eras” have been included? If our planetary system started the way Joseph Smith drew for Philo Dibble, then how much more information is there? Do we have the whole story yet?

Doug Tales 92: Natural Law, Part Two

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” This quote by inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) shows that he understood many aspects of the second principle of natural law that relates to vibration. The theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) expressed a similar idea when he said, “Everything in life is vibration.” Doug Mendenhall (1953-2020), in turn, studied both the scientific and scriptural bases of vibration and natural law. Doug summarizes these concepts in I See…Awake! (2015), on pages 42-43, and in an excerpt from his May 27, 2017 blog post, “Unconsciously What? ‘Competent.’” The blog post is reprinted in Conquering Spiritual Evil Blog Posts 2017-2019 (2020), on page 49.

Natural Law Principle 2: Everything is in motion or vibrates. I had not contemplated this until one time a sighted friend said, “Even a dead body vibrates.”

At the most fundamental level everything is pure vibratory energy, from us here in a Telestial world to the Gods of Light dwelling in Celestial burnings. It may manifest in various ways, but it is still vibratory energy.

In D&C 88:11-13 our God tells us about the Light of Christ, how it is in the sun, moon, stars and in all things, everywhere. And then He says, “And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings. Which light proceedeth forth from the presence of God to fill the immensity of space—the light which is in all things…”

Light is frequency and that is vibration.

Science has told us that if we could see down to the atomic level, we’d see that it is mainly space. Matter is merely energy in a state of vibration, nothing is really solid. In order to become what we perceive as “solid” in this mortal condition, vibration rate must be decreased. We will show examples of this later in this book. We will look at what it takes for a Celestial being to be able to manifest itself in a Telestial world without his or her glory.

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There are reasons that people don’t become unconsciously competent in a good way:

[One reason is] people spend too much time in the how – techniques and skills. We have discussed this before in the book. We need to focus on the why. If we do, the how will take care of itself. People have too many excuses like, “I have no idea how to do this!” They associate with people of gospel “inaction” or negativity. Your vibrational frequency has a natural tendency to lower itself to match those you associate with. Think about a time when you learned some amazing things or concepts and started to share them with other people. As you share, you see them close down, stop listening and actually becoming afraid of you or for you. Do you soon feel deflated? That is because the adversary has worked his magic and brought you down to their level. Do you think the opposite might also be true? If you associate with those of a higher frequency, will yours increase? Might be something to consider.

Doug Tales 91: Natural Law, Part One

The terms divine law, hermetic law, and natural law all refer to a series of concepts foundational to understanding our world. In order to conquer spiritual evil, natural law must be comprehended and even more importantly, experienced and made part of one’s conscious life. Doug Mendenhall summarizes the eight principles of natural law in I See…Awake! (2015) with the first one on pages 41-42. In addition, here’s a related excerpt from Doug’s May 31, 2017 blog post, “It’s Your Choice” about literally changing our thoughts as part of true repentance. The blog post excerpt is reprinted in Conquering Spiritual Evil Blog Posts 2017-2019 (2020), on page 51.

“And unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto every law there are certain bounds also and conditions. All beings who abide not in those conditions are not justified.” (D&C 88:38-39)

 These principles of Natural Law have been taught in our books and especially at our workshops, but here they are described in one place:

Natural Law Principle 1: Everything is created first by thought. Everything is a manifestation of the mind or thought. Thoughts create conditions, what happens in the physical world, our state of existence, and our experience here on this mortal world. As we think and feel internally, that is the kind of world we will get. In other words, it is the way that God does His work. Everything is thought out and planned in the mind of God before anything else is done.

“For I, the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth. For I, the Lord God, had not caused it to rain upon the face of the earth. And I, the Lord God, had created all the children of men; and not yet a man to till the ground; for in heaven created I them; and there was not yet flesh upon the earth, neither in the water, neither in the air…nevertheless, all things were before created; but spiritually were they created and made according to my word.” (Moses 3:5, 7)

The Lord God said they were spiritually created and made according to His word. Before the “word” comes out of the mouth, the mind has to have the thought. Is this why He also declared in Alma 12:14 that “our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; we shall not be found spotless; and our thoughts will also condemn us.”

If we desire to change reality, we must change our thoughts and emotions. God tells us to cast away our idle thoughts and at the end times all things will be revealed, even the “thoughts and intents of their hearts.” Negative thoughts create negative things, and we will be judged for that. Positive thoughts create positive things. My friend Kitten told me years ago that I will not progress until I have control of my thoughts and emotions. Thought is where creation starts.

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Last year we did a portalcism for a family of two. Afterwards I laid hands on the woman of the house to cast off what was on her. As I cut the cords I heard a huge swoosh sound. I looked at my sighted friend and asked what in the world that “great flush” had been. “You heard all of the entities being sent to hell once the cords were cut,” she responded. I asked how many had been on her and the answer was 40,000. Now, I don’t type that well, but that is not a typo. She had been on medication for many years and had never heard of blessing her meds and casting off any dark entities that might be attached. Apparently there have been many. Afterwards many other things of a dark nature were also cast off this woman. She was warned and taught that she needed to change her very thoughts, her habits and negative patterns and become Christ centered in all her ways. I guess she didn’t listen as she is back to the way she was before the blessing/casting off. Actually she is probably worse off since the Lord God declared in Matthew that when the house is swept clean and the entities are invited back they come with friends. Usually what happens is stronger entities come back the second time and yes, they do bring friends. Dark, evil friends.

This is why in the last post and again in this one we are addressing the changes needed in ourselves before and after having work done on us. If we don’t “repent” and change our thought patterns, create new neural networks that are of a positive Christ-like nature, our negative habits and such, then what was cleared, changed, or even healed will in all probability come back. We have discussed previously why the Lord Jesus Christ didn’t heal in His own town due lack of faith and belief in Him. He most likely knew them and knew they wouldn’t change even if they saw a miracle. Miracles don’t convert, seeing angels doesn’t convert. Just ask Laman and Lemuel among others.

When the Lord Jesus Christ healed my L-4 in my lower back it required a changed mindset, a new set of beliefs that wouldn’t let in any negative thoughts about it not working or not being healed. The several times those thoughts started to come in I could actually feel that spot start to revert back to the injured status. I consciously stopped my thought process, accepted and believed what the Lord Jesus Christ had done and it stayed healed. It is still healed to this day.

Doug Tales 90: What Joseph Smith Said and Did, Part Five

Are written documents the only way to learn about past events? Joseph Smith once commented that the Bible is a “dead book” for us, unless we reach the point that we have used the principles in the Bible to connect to the Gods of Light ourselves. And at that point, we will have written our own “Bible” and can use that divine connection to continue to learn from. An example of such learning is included by Doug Mendenhall in his book, I See…Arise! (2016), on pages 42-43. He knew of a sighted individual who learned through the spirit many things about what Joseph Smith said and did, and Doug includes some of her learning in his book:

“Years ago, a young woman was shown Joseph Smith Jr. and his life. It was as if she was there, experiencing life with him.

“For the last years of his life, he was granted the gift of healing. Before going out to teach or heal, Joseph received brilliant, white light from Jesus Christ before, especially, going out to heal. Even with being pre-charged Joseph would be badly drained if there were many in need of healing.

“A time or two, in the great effort to save many, he forgot to find a place of solitude to allow the Savior to ‘charge the batteries’ again. Joseph was using his own life force energy to heal which caused him to nearly collapse. Most of the time it was purely the effort of bringing the Light of Christ through to mortality that was cause for most of the fatigue.

“He had the gift to bless an object to carry the healing light of Christ to others. Those with spiritual sight could see the mortal fibers or grains of the object were changed into something with an ethereal quality. Light glowed from them. Those who the blessed object were laid upon, in prayer, were healed.

“Joseph Smith taught that those with any gifts of the spirit of light obtain needed strength and/or life energy (also known as spiritual energy) from angels sent from God, or Jesus Christ. In contrast, those of great evil teach worshipers of Satan to take what is needed of strength and/or life energy from other mortals and even evil spirits.”

Doug Tales 89: A Healing Lesson

Doug Mendenhall’s sighted friend, Kitten, heard a man speak years ago about a healing he experienced when nineteen years old. She shares in I See…Arise! (2016), on pages 39-42 the unusual circumstances surrounding the man’s injury and what was learned from its healing:

In the late 1960’s, an adult returned missionary was speaking to a chapel full of people (of whom most were teenagers) at a Sunday church meeting. Due to an injury, he had to return home before completing the normal time of call.

The circumstances of his injury while on his LDS mission were that shortly before his 20th birthday, he and other missionary companions had gone out for some R&R for the day. As young men are want to do, they goofed off. They were mindful of nature and other’s property. Nevertheless, while enjoying life, running, jumping and in general expending excess energy, the speaker leaped up over a large object to land badly. There was instant pain in his left ankle. The affected part was examined. It showed a rapid progression of bruising and swelling. He became frightened it may be broken which would bring harsh reprimand and possible expulsion from the mission field. Perhaps it was only badly sprained. Effort to stand upon it only resulted in him dropping to the ground again. The pain was too great.

The group decided to lay hands on the injured missionary’s head for healing. Without any preparation, a simple prayer that the pain be stopped and the ankle healed, was pronounced. Amazingly the pain ceased! The injured youth stood up and walked around. Joy of joy the injury would not have to be reported after all! Oddly, the swelling remained. Shrugging it off, he and the group happily returned to their quarters.

For a week he performed in his capacity as a missionary, pain free. The only problem was, the ankle continued to swell. Nothing he did reduced the swelling or faded the bruising. At every opportunity possible, the affected part was propped up. Icing and cold soaking eased the swelling a little only to return, greater in size, during use. Finally, the swelling could not be hidden and the adult leader took note. When the leader examined the missionary’s ankle, it had swelled to the size of the calf and was quite badly bruised. The young man was promptly taken to the local hospital emergency room. The X-rays revealed the ankle and part of the leg had been broken. With all the walking on it, the wound had been exacerbated to the point surgery had to be performed to save his leg.

In tears the young man confessed what had caused the injury, the blessing and results. The entire group could not understand why the companion had not been healed. They had laid hands on his head and blessed him to be healed. The pain was gone! Granted the swelling never reduced, but still they had prayed with the expectation all would be well. After all they held the priesthood of their church. How could there be that much injury without pain? All the young men were beside themselves with consternation and worry.

By the grace of God, the mature adult leader happened to have the Gift of Revelation. In private, the situation was presented to the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The answer was quite startling.

Collecting the injured missionary’s companions, the leader returned to the hospital. In the injured man’s room, the answer to the conundrum of why no pain with such a bad injury was given. The young men had been in an unauthorized area performing in ways unbecoming of anyone on a mission for the Savior. There was no preparation for the voicing of the prayer. Theirs was quick and to the point. Nothing else. That type of injury required fasting, prayer, and holy oil before administration. To top it all off, after the pain “miraculously” vanished, no one thought to thank Heavenly Father or the Savior.

An evil Being answered the prayer! The pain was only blocked. No healing of any type was performed. That is why the swelling and bruising remained. The object of the evil was to prevent the missionary from completing the calling. That was accomplished.

As soon as arrangements could be made, the injured missionary was sent home. It was a year before the leg and ankle were fully healed. The leg was in a cast for six months, in a long leg brace for three months followed by three months of physical therapy. During that year, great repentance, much prayer, and a lot of soul searching was instituted. Pleading with the Savior, because of the mission having to be cut short, he begged for some type of work that could be viewed as “missionary.” Eventually, the Savior answered via an exceptionally strong impression. The young man (then almost 22 years old) was to go out to (as many as allowed) church groups and speak of the experience. He was to teach and warn others the adversary can and will affect the mortal body in ways never thought of. All who do any work under the call of Jesus Christ must be very careful to hold to the narrow path He puts each on. For many years, that man spoke and taught about the very unusual mission. His humility was amazing. All praise and honor was given to Heavenly Father.

The Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ turned the badly performed mission of a young man into a much greater one. Although the mission in his youth was thwarted, it paved the way for another one. However, the man admitted, the original mission would have reached others ready to hear the glad news but had to wait, several years, for another with the same message. It would have been far better to have been obedient to Jesus Christ. Many took the lesson taught to heart.

Doug Tales 88: Sacrifice

Knowledge comes after sacrifice. Doug Mendenhall talks about how our Savior sacrificed repeatedly in order to do His Father’s work, and he invites us to do the same in I See…Awake! (2015), on pages 49-53:

“And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

“Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:14-21)

Jesus and His disciples were 15 furlongs (less than 2 miles) away from Lazarus when he was informed of his death, yet he took four days to get there. In most of the commentaries on the Bible they say that He stayed away because of the Jewish belief that the person’s spirit lingers for three days and then leaves. So in four days it is gone for sure. Therefore, the Jewish leaders couldn’t make the claim that Lazarus really wasn’t dead.

I asked about this and the answer was no; that Jesus immediately started fasting and preparing Himself for the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. He had to prepare Himself and needed to fast for four days. So Jesus took time out to prepare Himself for what He was about to do, to renew Himself, and to commune with God the Father. The Savior did this several times as recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

“And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” (Matthew 14:23)

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35)

“And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” (Luke 6:12)

“And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.” (Luke 5:16)

He withdrew to pray to the Father. It is my belief that He also withdrew in order to “fill” Himself up again. Jesus understood energy. Daily He had contact with many people, people that drew from Him energy or light. Every time He healed, taught, manifested wine, fed thousands, disappeared from sight, walked on water, He used light.

In this next experience, notice the word used to describe what was “gone out of” Him: “And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.” (Luke 8:43-46)

The Lord perceived “virtue” had gone out of Him. He is talking about light or energy. He was totally aware of His person, inside and out. If energy has gone out of Him, does it automatically come back in, or was He like us in that He had to sleep, meditate, and refresh Himself?

In the next book I will discuss this in detail, but last spring, Kitten, Alyssa, and I went to close some portals at a ranch in south-central Utah. There were some very good friends down in that area that knew about the problem. They called and wanted to help. Previously I had called Kitten, and she was told the portals were strong enough that it would require four days of fasting, among several other things, to close the portals.

I informed my friends of this, but they felt it was enough of an emergency that they chose to go the next day to close them. They went, but all it did was stir up the entities on the property.

Kitten had informed me the Lord required four days fasting and I got confirmation by the Spirit that this was true. So the moment we decided to go, I started the four day fast. I have been around enough of this evil that I wasn’t going to make any mistakes or not do it the way the Lord wanted it done.

On the evening of the second day of my fast. I was preparing to take my wife and a few others out to dinner, and since I was fasting, I wasn’t planning on eating. On the way to the restaurant, the Lord told me that I was free to eat dinner with them. He then said, “I have accepted your sacrifice.”

Until then I had not contemplated that it was a “sacrifice” to fast for the purpose of helping someone, it was just what the Lord wanted. But I started to look back at events in my life in which there was a required sacrifice before there was an intervention by the Lord….

If you go to the University to learn, you make the sacrifice of money, time, and energy to achieve your degree. If you choose to attend the Lord’s university (No, it isn’t BYU), you’re going to have to pay the price of sacrifice, perhaps also in money, time, energy, attention, faith, etc. In relation to God, you obtain what you obtain from Him by sacrifice. There is no other way. Once the required sacrifice is made, then the wanted knowledge can be acquired.

If you want to be part of a healing that the Lord has authorized, then a price of sacrifice is required. Make sure to ask Him what He wants. Only He knows what an equivalent sacrifice would be for what we are seeking. The sacrifice will most likely involve both parties, the one being blessed and the one doing the blessing. It has been this way for all of the workshops we have taught and has become so common, we hardly discuss it anymore.

Doug Tales 87: What Joseph Smith Said and Did, Part Four

Besides Joseph Smith’s account of facing darkness in his First Vision, how much are you aware of Joseph dealing directly with evil spirits? In the last two decades of his life, Doug Mendenhall constantly had to deal with the lack of current awareness of how often Joseph Smith spoke about and dealt with evil spirits. Doug shares some of Joseph’s teachings on these topics in Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One (2012), on pages 60-63:

Joseph Smith said, “Try the spirits, but what by? . . . Who can drag into daylight and develop the hidden mysteries of the false spirits that so frequently are made manifest among the Latter-day Saints?” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 203-204).

He gave us the answer to his own question saying that a man cannot expose false spirits unless he has the priesthood and a knowledge of the laws by which spirits are governed: “We answer that no man can do this without the Priesthood, and having a knowledge of the laws by which spirits are governed; for as no man knows the things of God, but by the Spirit of God, so no man knows the spirit of the devil, and his power and influence, but by possessing intelligence which is more than human, and having unfolded through the medium of the Priesthood the mysterious operations of his devices; without knowing the angelic form, the sanctified look and gesture, and the zeal that is frequently manifested by him for the glory of God, together with the prophetic spirit, the gracious influence, the godly appearance, and the holy garb, which are so characteristic of his proceedings and his mysterious windings.

“A man must have the discerning of spirits before he can drag into daylight this hellish influence and unfold it unto the world in all its soul-destroying, diabolical, and horrid colors; for nothing is a greater injury to the children of men than to be under the influence of a false spirit when they think they have the Spirit of God.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 204-205)

Several years ago I met an individual that had an angel appear to him one night in the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah who taught him many things. From that point on he could see through the veil and had many spirits visit him. He had a very difficult time discerning between the false and true spirits. He said, “For the next eight years I went through hell learning how not to be deceived by false spirits.”

Many of us have the false notion that if our veils dropped, we’d all be fine, that we could then learn all the mysteries of God. It would be much easier for us to figure things out because then we could “see.” How wrong we are in that assumption. Having your veil drop doesn’t make it easier; it makes it harder.

One woman I met had prayed for over twenty years to have her veil drop and finally it happened. Now she prays for it to come back. We have no idea what is there. Many dream it is all light and wonderful. It is not. That is why Joseph described it as a “hellish influence, soul-destroying, diabolical and horrid colors.”

But have we been left unprotected? No. It is important to understand that it is something each individual must learn about. We will not be saved in ignorance. Have we not been told that with all our wisdom or learning we are to also get understanding? Understanding would be the knowledge of how things work in relation to us or others. We can spend all day at the library gaining much knowledge, but unless we understand how to implement those things we have been taught or learned, it won’t do us much good. We came to this earth life to get a physical body to learn such things, to learn by experience, to learn how to control it so we are not influenced by darkness, how to bind darkness and keep it bound.

“Joseph said that before foundation of the Earth in the Grand Councel that the Spirits of all Men ware subject to opression & the express purpose of God in Giveing it a tabernicle was to arm it against the power of Darkness.” (Words of Joseph Smith, p. 62, original spelling)

“All beings who have bodies have power over those who have not. The devil has no power over us only as we permit him; the moment we revolt at anything which comes from God the Devil takes power.” (Words of Joseph Smith, p. 60)

“God saw that those intelegences had Not power to Defend themselves against those that had a tabernicle therefore the Lord Calls them togather in Counsel & agrees to form them tabernicles so that he might Gender the Spirit & tabernicle togather so as to create sympathy for their fellowman—for it is a Natural thing with those spirits that has the most power to bore down on those of Lesser power…” (Words of Joseph Smith, p. 68, original spelling)

According to Joseph, one of the reasons we came here was expressly to get this tabernacle of flesh to learn to arm ourselves against darkness. Sounds like it might be something we need to consider more fully in our lives and learn how to use this body as a shield against the destroyer and his minions.

I am grateful for my daughter and all those like her who have endured so much and shared what they have seen and experienced in order to help us understand some of these things. Yes, they have been deceived and will continue to be at times. I am of the opinion that if someone claims to have never been deceived or can‘t be deceived, you might want to run in the other direction. We have all been deceived in the past.

I am most grateful for Joseph Smith and all he did to help us understand this subject. In his time Joseph wanted to share much more than he was able because the Saints just wouldn’t accept what he knew. He knew that the Saints would fly apart like glass at new doctrine. Joseph saw the other realms and understood the spirits much better than most people in this dispensation. He knew the importance of not being deceived, yet he also understood that it is through trying the spirits that we gain understanding and learn not to be deceived. Of course we will be deceived in this life; it is part of the experience, but we can learn from that experience and gain in light and knowledge.

Doug Tales 86: Dogs and Angels

Many people shared with Doug Mendenhall their personal experiences with the spiritual coming into the physical. In Possibilities: Lesson From the Spirit (2001), pp. 53-55, a woman who cares for dogs talks about what happened when guardian angels became involved in her work:

A good friend of ours is a dog groomer. One day she was having trouble with a dog. Finally out of desperation, she asked that her guardian angels help her with this problem dog. The dog started to behave instantly. Now she regularly asks for help and receives it.

We received this e-mail from her:

“I have a small dog grooming shop in my home. Every day I ask for my angels’ help and things seem to go better. If a cut is particularly hard I ask for a grooming angel. A cut can turn from bad to great and I can never describe exactly how it happened. But mostly I just ask my guardian angels for help and comfort, especially when the dogs are nervous, scared or mean.

“One day I had a huge, very overweight dog and I was there alone. The bathtub is waist level and I use a lawn chair for them to climb on and then jump into the tub. This dog sat down and wouldn’t budge, not even an inch. I pulled, pushed, begged and pleaded. Nothing. Finally I asked my angels to give him a boost. He immediately got up and jumped on the chair and into the tub. That was so exciting it took me about ten minutes to quit laughing and start washing the dog. This has happened on several occasions since but it only seems to work when I am alone. If my husband is within calling distance to give me help then my angels don’t seem to make the dogs move. Maybe they think he needs the exercise! Or maybe they only help when you can’t help yourself.

“One day was more stressful than most. I was doing four poodles, all belonging to the same lady in my ward. They were her little darlings, like her children. The last one was old and blind and could fit in the palms of my hands. It was the mother to the other three. I took her off her noose to shave around her neck and at that time my husband walked in and I turned to say hi and I heard a thud. Somehow the little dog jumped off my four foot tall table, went flying through the air and landed on the hard floor.

“I knew I was in trouble. There was no way she could have survived without at least a broken leg. I instantly pictured everyone in the ward finding out that I had killed this sweet elderly lady’s dog. I gently picked it up and set it back on the table and no matter how hard I looked I couldn’t find a thing wrong with it. It wasn’t even bruised or shook up. I had a definite feeling that my angel had put his hand under the dog as she landed to cushion her and keep her from harm. There was no other explanation.

“I’m sure that they do things for me throughout the day that I don’t even know about but it was fun to be aware of this time and how much trouble I was saved from.”

The one thing I have always appreciated about this friend is her faith. She will hear something and ask if it’s true or not. After she gets a confirmation that it is, she will then implement the concept into her life. She has tremendous faith in our Savior.

Doug Tales 85: The War, Part Two

Many people act as if the war with evil is happening overseas and far away from them. To them, it’s a foreign operation with no local impact. Doug Mendenhall knew from experience that the real battlefront is here in our homes and neighborhoods. He had many experiences talking to individuals for whom negativity and darkness were a daily literal reality. He talks about some of those on the front lines of spiritual warfare in Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One (2012), on pages 59-60:

“A man is saved no faster than he gets knowledge, for if he does not get knowledge, he will be brought into captivity by some evil power in the other world, as evil spirits will have more knowledge and consequently more power than many men who are on earth. Hence it needs revelation to assist us, and give us knowledge of the things of God.” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church 4:588)

So Joseph said we need to get knowledge of these things or it may not bode well for us in the other world. We should seek revelation to assist us and give us knowledge. I know the Lord is willing if we are. All of us are surrounded by evil. I for one do not want to be brought into subjection to some evil entity for lack of knowledge when it is available to me now.

With some effort it is possible to understand how they work and how they can be brought into subjection. If we bring them into subjection then Zion might not be far behind, as we will be standing in holy places, and the adversary will have no power over us—he will be bound in that he will have no power over the hearts of the children of men.

Joseph Smith has said that we must search into and contemplate the darkest abyss and the broad expanse of eternity. Might it be important to understand the opposite of God in order to understand Him completely? Just a thought, but did we not come here to experience what we choose to call opposites—light and dark, sweet and sour, pleasure and pain, joy and sorrow, etc. “And it must needs be that the devil should tempt the children of men, or they could not be agents unto themselves; for if they never should have bitter they could not know the sweet.” (D&C 29:39)

Much of the time many families in the church encounter a lack of priesthood direction in the home. One time I was talking with several women; who would be considered strong LDS with strong LDS families. I sat there amazed as each one talked about family members who were having problems with demons, possession and basically all kinds of darkness. They indicated that their husbands don‘t or won‘t deal with the problems. They are too busy with their sports, television, and video games.

One of them said, “When I try to talk about spiritual things with my husband, he just says, ‘yes Honey,’ as he turns back to the television set.” The other woman talked about how her teenage son who is so scared of demons and their influence on with him that he’ll get under his covers at night and reach out with a long stick to turn off the light.

All of these women wished their husbands would step up and figure out how to help their children and families in this war. Most of the people I have met are begging for help and don’t know where to find it. It is important for priesthood holders to get active in this fight. Their families are suffering as a result of their non-participation.

Just recently I chatted with a woman from a nearby State. She and her children are gifted in that at times they can see spirits, both light and dark. Her oldest son brought home books about witchcraft and did what was necessary to invite dark spirits into their home; he opened a portal to the underworld. The mother and his siblings were able to see what was now coming into their home. When he came home from being with his friends they could see the dark spirits that surrounded him and were also in him. They dedicated their home and it helped for several days, then the dark spirits took over again. They didn’t know of anyone in their ward or stake that might help them, so they have suffered in silence for years now. The youngest daughter just went off to college and called her mother telling her that there was the spirit of a four-year-old girl that keeps coming to her. She asked her mother what she could do about it and the mother had no help to offer her.

Doug Tales 84: The War, Part One

What are the ways in which spiritual evil can be conquered? Are there any ways which do not involve awareness, vigilance, struggle, diligence and work, in addition to constantly seeking direction from our Savior Yeshua the Christ? Doug Mendenhall in his writings constantly points out the reality of the war with evil all around us. Some of his thoughts are in Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One (2012), on pages 56-58:

Brigham Young said: “I know very well that, whether we are active or not, the invisible spirits are active. And every person who desires and strives to be a Saint is closely watched by fallen spirits that came here when Lucifer fell, and by the spirits of wicked persons who have been here in tabernacles and departed them, but who are still under the control of the prince of the power of the air. Those spirits are never idle; they are watching every person who wishes to do right, and are continually prompting them to do wrong. This makes it necessary for us to be continually on our guard—makes this probation a continual warfare.” (Journal of Discourses 7:239)

Wilford Woodruff made similar comments: “Where are they (devils)? Some are in Salt Lake, some in New York, some in Amsterdam, some in Constantinople, some in Jerusalem; in fact, they are in every city and hamlet wherein the inhabitants of the earth dwell, and especially where there are any Latter-day Saints. And whether there are one hundred or not to every man, woman, and child, there are enough of them, at least, to labor for our overthrow. I say to my counselors, to the apostles, to the seventies, the high priests, the bishops, and all men who bear the Holy Priesthood, do you suppose these devils are around us without trying to do something? Are they asleep? Have they not a work to perform?

I say to my brethren who bear the priesthood, we have got a mighty warfare to wage with these spirits. We cannot escape it. What will they do to you? They will try to make us do anything and everything that is not right. These devils would be very glad to make me and my brethren think we are great men, smarter than anyone else; to divide us one against the other, and to cause us to seek to confess our brother‘s sins instead of our own. We should, therefore, watch ourselves well.” (The Discourses of Wilford Woodruff [1969], page 239)

After many experiences with people being possessed, full of devices, implants, hexes, curses, and otherwise afflicted, I have come to know that we truly are at war. It is just a continuation of the war before this life. I have chatted with those that have seen it, and they have assured me it wasn’t just a “war of words.” Some of us seem to want it to be just that, a philosophical debate. It was and is a real war. I have a feeling that to those on the other side of the veil this war exists and is being fought there as well as here.

I don’t even need to ask the question if the adversary is at war with us. We all know he is. But is it important for us to know this? Do we need to know how he works and what he does or can do? Would it be plausible that the Lord might need us in this battle that is still being waged? If we are ignorant of it, does it still affect us? If it’s in the invisible light spectrum and we can’t see it, does it still affect us? YES! It affects us every day. We can sit with our head in the sand, or we can become cognizant of the enemy, of the battle and what to do about it.

After my daughter’s three day near-death-experience, she has said very little publicly about the Lord taking her to see hell. Privately she has told us that she saw the adversary and his armies. She saw places where they make the weapons they use to inflict us; she saw demons making darts, spears, arrows, battleaxes, and so much more. She saw the devices they make and place on us mortals to control and cause us problems. Maybe it’s time to become one of those “stripling warriors” we love to talk about from the Book of Mormon, only on both battlefields—physical and spiritual. I mentioned this scripture before, but it is worth stating again:

“Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they truly manifest from heaven—These should then be attended to with great earnestness. Let no man count them as small things; for there is much which lieth in futurity, pertaining to the saints, which depends upon these things.” (D&C 123:13-15)

What is the Lord talking about when He says that we should attend to these things with “great earnestness” for we should not “count them as small things”? Then He goes on to say that as far as the saints go, there is “much which lieth in futurity . . . which depends on these things.” Sounds like we had better get busy and get understanding and with that understanding get wisdom, or we may not be of much value in this battle that is being waged.