Updated on May 18, 2021
Doug Tales 16: Unpublished Appendix to Conquering One
Doug Mendenhall’s main book, Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One, was first published in October 2011. Five months later, in February 2012, he wrote out an appendix to the book, which he then shared via email with many people. This unpublished appendix to Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One, involves the topics in chapter 14, “Sending Demons and Devils to the Light,” which is a concept Doug disagreed with strongly, based on its misperception of agency. Here is that appendix:
Chapter fourteen of this book discusses the concept of sending demons and devils to the light where three categories of evil entities are discussed. These three categories have different status and therefore are governed by different laws. The first category is earthbound spirits and they are completely redeemable. These earthbound spirits are benign, confused, “stuck,” and of an evil nature. Those of an evil nature do work for the adversary though they reside on this plane of existence we commonly call mortality. They are men and women, like us, but now deceased, and still occupy their “second estate.”
The second category is the one third part that went with Lucifer and are called devils. They are not redeemable because they are perdition – those who knowingly and willingly rebelled and fought against the greatest light in this Kingdom, our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. They had the opportunity for redemption and made the deliberate and fully informed decision to reject it. They did not keep their first estate.
The third category consists of those evil entities who are created by Satan and known as demons. Since they are creations of Satan, made from his essence, they are not redeemable. Such a creature is usually created for a singular purpose and is trained to do that one thing (though there can be exceptions). There is not much intelligence in such a being and no potential for growth in light or going to the light of Christ.
There needs to be another category of spirits that reside in hell. They were included in the first category in chapter fourteen as earthbound spirits, but they really ought to be discussed outside of that area since they really aren’t earthbound. They do not appear here on earth, but are bound below still in their “second estate.” They can choose to repent and return to Christ and the light, but also can choose to join those from the “first estate” who rebelled. When they join this rebellion, they are the fallen angels who are opposed to God, and make war against the Saints. When they do this, they return to fight here, joining with the rebellious. Since they remain in their “second estate,” it is possible – although improbable – for them to repent. They are spirits of our brothers and sisters who have lived here in mortality and have merited being sent to hell immediately upon their death. These spirits can be redeemed, but most likely can’t be sent directly to the light.
In between the spiritual realms of light and dark there is an area of “gray” where both dark and light beings can go. It is known as the “Plane of Repentance.” Before we really get into it, I want to give some background to these dark spirits.
“And the glory of the telestial is one, even as the glory of the stars is one; for as one star differs from another star in glory, even so differs one from another in glory in the telestial world; for these are they who are of Paul, and of Apollos, and of Cephas. These are they who say they are of one and some of another—some of Christ and some of John, and some of Moses, and some of Elias, and some of Esaias, and some of Isaiah, and some of Enoch; but received not the gospel, neither the testimony of Jesus, neither the prophets, neither the everlasting covenant…These are they who are liars, and sorcerers, and adulterers, and whoremongers, and whosoever loves and makes a lie. These are they who suffer the wrath of God on earth. These are they who suffer the vengeance of eternal fire. These are they who are cast down to hell and suffer the wrath of Almighty God, until the fulness of times, when Christ shall have subdued all enemies under his feet, and shall have perfected his work.” (D&C 76:98-106, emphasis added)
Those of us that receive not the gospel, testimony of Jesus, gossipers, harden our hearts, willingly disobey Father after receiving light and knowledge, atheists, evil people, Satanists, those that love to lie and make a lie, those that knowingly murder, and the like “are cast down to hell” and “are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.” (Alma 12:11) These are those who “work wickedness and abomination before him.” (1 Nephi 14:4) There are many other scriptures that tell of the requirements to be sent to hell after we die.
As I was contemplating these things and wondering about the chains of hell and how the adversary “captures” us, I was told it is always our choice where we go, heaven or hell. We can choose eternal life or we can “choose eternal death, according to the will of the flesh and the evil which is therein, which giveth the spirit of the devil power to captivate, to bring you down to hell, that he may reign over you in his own kingdom.” (2 Nephi 2:29, emphasis added) I was shown people that had spiritual fetters on their ankles and the chain that came off of these fetters went down to hell. This is one of the ways the devil has power to captivate us and take us to hell.
“It is an iron yoke, it is a strong band; they are the very handcuffs, and chains, and shackles, and fetters of hell.” (D&C 123:8 emphasis added)
The next time my gifted daughter, Denise, was over to the house I asked her if she saw the spiritual fetters on people’s ankles that secured them to the adversary and hell. A fetter will have a chain or cord attached that goes down to hell.
“Yes, I see them,” she said.
I asked another friend who has the gift of spiritual sight and she confirmed they are very real and there are many people who have them. “When they transition from mortality the demons in hell are able to just pull them down. The fetters make sure they can’t get away.”
Once in hell they have the choice to be tortured or become “recruits” of Satan. (Even if they become a “recruit” they will still be tortured for failures, thoughts, and actions.) After choosing to become a recruit, they are then trained in what they will be required to do to torment and take down those of us still on the mortal plane. After they are trained they are called “Legion” and are placed into battle while being governed by Satan’s generals in the spiritual warfare taking place.
We have experienced generational healing sessions in which individual’s ancestors have been redeemed from hell during the session. Of course it is our Lord, Jesus Christ, who offers redemption and makes this available to this group that resides in hell. They are taken by the angels to either a spiritual hospital or to the Plane of Repentance spoken of earlier.
The Plane of Repentance is between the area of light and dark. Both sides have access to those individuals in this area and can influence them. It is always their choice which direction they go. Every effort is made to help them into the light. They cannot be commanded to go into the light as that is against our Father’s law of agency, because it is ALWAYS our choice.
This is a group that does reside in hell and does work for the adversary but can still be redeemed. In this mortal existence those candidates for hell can be seen because they have not repented of their sins and those with spiritual sight can see the fetters and chains that literally bind them to Satan and hell. Once they are transitioned they will be pulled immediately down there.