Updated on May 18, 2021
Is there a connection between gratitude and the apostle Paul’s discussion of spiritual gifts and the parts of the body of Christ? Doug Mendenhall ponders these scriptures in 1 Corinthians 12:15-21 on pages 28-33 in My Peace I Give Unto You (2001):
The traffic light turned green, and the car jerked forward as I accidentally popped the clutch. Dianne glanced at me as she lurched forward in the seat.
“Dear, what do you think of gratitude?” I asked her. “And I don’t mean gratitude for this beat up old car.”
“I don’t know. Too many people give way too little of it.” She hesitated.
“Well . . . it’s important. We should be grateful for all we’ve been given . . . I guess even this car.” She eyed me somewhat warily.
I saw confusion in her eyes. She was trying to figure out where I was going with this conversation. I held her gaze.
“Do you think there’s such a thing as misplaced gratitude?”
“DOUG!” Her shout sent my eyes back to the road. “That was a red light you went through! Keep your eyes on the road.”
Adrenaline surged through me. Instantly I glanced in the mirrors to be sure there were no flashing red lights. Dianne continued.
“Misplaced gratitude? Do you mean like being grateful for not getting caught doing something wrong?” The jab was unmistakable; she smiled.
“Well . . . yeah, I guess that too,” I smirked back at her, and went on. “But what I was thinking of was feeling gratitude for the bad things that happen to us.”
Dianne paused. The momentary silence was punctuated by the “blink – blink” of the car’s turn signal as I steered into the right hand lane.
“Well, many times people feel grateful for trials they go through only after they’ve had a chance to sit back and reflect on how their life was changed for the better. Is that what you mean?”
“Well . . . kind of, I guess. I know we should be grateful for trials, and it’s much easier once we look back on them. But what I was thinking was feeling grateful for malicious, evil things that may happen to us.”
“Do you mean you think we should feel grateful for the evil in our lives as well as the good?”
“Yeah, that’s it.”
“Why should we be grateful for something that comes from the devil or his angels? Nothing good can come from them, and if it isn’t good, why should we feel grateful for it? Doesn’t that move us further away from our Father in Heaven?” she replied.
I understood her argument, but it didn’t convince me. There was something in it that didn’t feel right, something that bothered me. What?
“Yeah . . . I guess so. But there’s something that’s been nagging at me and I can’t quite put my finger on it. I thought it had to do with gratitude, but . . . I don’t know . . . .”
I went silent. The tangle of my thoughts was worse than the tangle of the roads in front of me….
[A while later,] we pulled into the driveway and I turned off the car. My nagging thoughts on gratitude returned and followed me into the house.
Later that evening…I was alone in the house. Again I turned to my books. For some reason my attention was drawn to the New Testament, in particular, First Corinthians. Thumbing through, I stopped at the 12th chapter and read Paul’s analogy of the body of Christ. I read specifically with gratitude in mind.
“If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? … If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? … And if they were all one member, where were the body? … And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.”
A pattern began to emerge from my tangled thoughts: If every man, woman and child that ever was, or ever will be, is a part of the body of Christ in some way that I can’t yet understand, then all things we do must be according to His will or plan. Christ is the head of the body, and the body follows the desire and commands of the Head.
Then if everything is done according to His will or His plan—for the benefit of the entire body—wouldn’t even the malicious and evil things people do be according to His will or plan—for some benefit I can’t comprehend? In other words, though I don’t understand the workings of the foot because I am a hand, the foot is part of the body, necessary and directed by the head even as the hand is.
Then, for the hand not to be grateful for the actions of the foot—whether those actions are good, bad or evil—would be like the hand telling the foot that it isn’t necessary, or it is bad for the body. That it should be cut off to improve the body.
Thus, the hand has set itself up as the head, by judging the foot. Neither knows the purpose of the other. So how can one judge the usefulness of the other to the body, regardless of whether it appears good, bad or evil?
Therefore, by being grateful for the evil and the good, we accept all that He has here prepared for us and recognize that His hand is in all things, and acknowledge that all things serve a purpose, in Him, which we cannot now understand.
And through this acceptance of Him and His will in all things, we open the door to true forgiveness and love.
Through gratitude, we then forgive. Not because we want to better ourselves or relieve our pain, but because we know that it is all according to His will, and that the wrong done to us serves a purpose in Him, even when we fail to comprehend it at the time.
And because we can now truly forgive all, we can truly love all, for all comes from Him.
And as we learn to truly forgive and love, then will we receive His peace, for we will understand His ways.
I knew in an instant that I had been given something of great worth. I also knew that not everyone would understand or benefit from it. His love filled my soul as I pondered again and again these thoughts. Gratitude should be offered to Him for all things, for He is in all things.
That night I slept peacefully and soundly for the first time in weeks.
Updated on June 7, 2021
A red cedar tree blew down in Doug Mendenhall’s yard four years ago. (Eventually, wood from that same tree would be used by friends for making his burial casket when he passed away in December 2020.) Doug shared in an unpublished email on August 28, 2017 some things he learned, and blessings he received, from his fallen tree experience:
The tree falling lesson was harsh in a way. The wind started blowing before I headed out to BBQ something for dinner. I had water on and headed out back first to change it. As I rounded the corner by the carport, now Daniel’s workshop for pyramids, a huge amount of sawdust came blowing out as the tarps were being thrown all over the place. My mouth caught more of it than I wanted to experience and I spit it out. Heading around the corner to the orchard I saw our yard was having a “brown out” with the dust from the construction across the street. Just us.
As I stepped into the orchard I asked permission to calm the winds and got it. So I raised my arms up and declared, “In the name of Yeshua the Christ I command the wind to be calm, NOW.”
It was like the Lord turned down the gas on the BBQ from high to barely on. It was calm within a few seconds. I noticed that there were a few swirls every now and then, but thought nothing of it. I went over and started the BBQ. It was then I looked up and saw a large bush on the property that I had never noticed before. Looking closer I realized it wasn’t a bush, but a huge tree had fallen over. I went over and inspected it and saw it was pulling down a live power line going from the cabin to the barn. I needed some help to get it off that line before it snapped.
Immediately I went over a mental list of whom I could call. I called my bud, Doug, and he told me to call the power company as it was their responsibility. I did and they came right over and said it wasn’t. It was a line inside our property and they had no call on it. Though he did turn off the breaker to the line so it wasn’t live. I tried calling Debi and Daniel but neither of their phones were working, so Dianne took off in the car to go get them to help with the tree problem.
Then I called Dale and asked him if he had a chain saw. He said no and asked why. I told him the problem and he said that he wasn’t of much use. Knowing it was about 90 minutes to dark, in my impatience I just hung up after his comment and dialed Kitten and asked if she had a chain saw. She said yes. I told her I’d send Daniel up to get it when he got here. I didn’t want her out here as she had been giving her back a rest the past few days to get ready for this next week’s portalcisms and clearings. I told her about the wind, etc.
Next thing I knew Kitten was here and she told me that the wind had worked its way up to her property, it had been sent to do damage to us. She went outside and destroyed the storm cell.
We then had Daniel, Debi and the girls come. Then Dale, Galen and Lori showed up. Limbs were cut and the line freed. It was nice to have friends here. At that point I’d gone and found a tree cutter who said he’d come the next day and cut it all up. But it was wonderful seeing these good people show up to help. Even my bud Dale who said he wasn’t of much use. I saw him drag off some pretty big limbs after they were cut. Yeah, right, not of much use. I didn’t care if he just came and told us jokes, he came.
My lesson was I didn’t ask about the storm or wind. Was it “normal” or had it been sent to destroy. If I’d known or had been aware enough to ask and He told me what was really up, could I have acted before the damage happened to stop the storm? Why didn’t my shielding work? Oh, I hadn’t shielded against wind or that kind of foe. And the demons laughed.
Is it about being aware of everything around us, even wind storms that might be sent against us that we can and probably should do something about? What else goes on in my life that I am oblivious to that I probably should be aware of? How much evil gets in our lives in ways that we are oblivious to? Sneaky buggers? Absolutely. And they laugh.
Might be wise to be ever vigilant in ways we had not thought of previously. Evil is ever creative, looking for an in wherever they can.
Kitten added: “That sneaky wind was also a test to see who would respond and who would not. The Lord and Savior Yeshua the Christ will allow trials to test our metal. It also lets us learn how we respond to trials and such.”
I was also told to slow down when things happen. I found I was in a rush to call and get help because it was going to get dark soon. But He told me to slow down and have patience and it will still get done in time. I should not have cut my bud, Dale, off when he made the comment he wasn’t of much help. If I’d had patience I probably would have heard him then say that he’d be here anyway. I apologized to him. It won’t happen again. Even then he came with Galen and Lori and my heart swelled. I know I could have called everyone one of you and you’d have come if possible. Now I know why you all came to my mind first. Love.
The Lord Yeshua turns fallen trees into blessings and lessons.
Take care and God bless,
Updated on May 18, 2021
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.
Kitten, a sighted friend of Doug Mendenhall’s, adds many observations to Doug’s book, I See…Awake! (2015). On pages 203-209 of that book, she shares an experience which she was aware of. She tells about when an earthbound spirit was aided by someone who could both discern the spirit and also knew how to encourage the spirit to turn to the Savior Jesus Christ:
Years ago there was a somewhat mentally challenged young man who had gone swimming with some friends. Due to curiosity from viewing things that were underwater, he dove down with the intent of retrieving some objects with the hope of presenting them to his friends. A couple of objects were retrieved and placed into a pocket of his pants. Unfortunately he was unaware his shirt had become entangled in the branches of a fallen tree within the deep water. No one knew his whereabouts until it was much too late.
Although he valiantly fought to swim back to the surface, in his confusion, panic, and lack of understanding, he drowned while struggling with all his might to reach the surface in time. Within about a minute or so he gave up realizing it was impossible to reach the surface. His remains were found several years later.
A gifted woman who was hiking along the small river heard a voice calling for help. Stopping the trek, she went down to the water near the fallen tree with thoughts that perhaps someone had been entangled and needed assistance. There was a shadowy figure below the surface with what was left of some clothing entangled among the branches. It was late summer and therefore the water level was at its lowest. She wondered why the person did not simply stand up. With the assumption the person’s face was just enough above the surface, to the side of the tree, enabling speech the woman sought to render assistance as best able.
As she was moving into the water inquiry was made how the person became entangled in such a situation. It was also pointed out the water was low enough if someone of reasonable height stood up they would be able to disengage from the circumstance. The young man, emphatically, stated he had tried very diligently to rise to the surface but had not been able to. He explained what had caused him to be entrapped. Within moments of reaching the shadowy figure, the woman realized it was but the remains of someone. Being a gifted personage she realized what she heard was not from a living person but from someone who had died. The sound and timbre of the voice was masculine.
Kindly, gently, she informed the young man he had long ago died. At first he disbelieved it. After some discussion, explaining it was impossible for a mortal body to stay underwater for several years, the young man finally realized he had indeed died but did not know what to do. After a little more discussion it was discovered he knew of Jesus Christ. She told him to look up and ask Jesus Christ to come for him. At first he was a little afraid, for he still was not quite completely convinced he had actually died. After comforting him, she assured him it would be all right and that he would be perfectly safe by going with Jesus. The last words she heard was, “He is here. I am going now. Thank you.”
There are recordings of soldiers who have died in the battlefields who were so well trained, that they continued in combat. It takes someone they recognize having authority who must command cessation of hostilities and leads the combat spirits into a much better place of existence.
There are some combat veterans who, experiencing a near-death experience, spoke of these experiences whereby those of greater authority than the ones who had died in combat led the others out. The ones who returned were told they had to return to their bodies for there was further work for them to do as mortals. Often combat vets would state they were unaware that they had actually died until being told they had to return to mortality.
There are people who have died, and knew it, but had not a clue of what to do afterward. Howard Storm was one such person. He has written a book of his experience whereby he did die but did not know what to do. He was met by a dark being who took him to hell. There are numerous documents and books giving much information pertaining to what people have done after death.
Unfortunately, too many really have no idea what to do other than to continue their existence upon the Earth as they did in mortality. These are the ones that are more especially termed “earthbound.” To them, all they ever knew is what is upon the Earth in the mortal existence. Hence they never move on until someone teaches them otherwise. Then again there are too many who choose to be earthbound…
As can be seen, it is very possible to actually leave the mortal body and either be unaware of the death or have no idea where to go or how to do it. There are people who are actually caught by their own addictions and learn how to feed their addictions by entering other mortals who have the same addiction. There are many types of Earthbounds just as there are many types of people upon this planet.
Updated on May 17, 2021
What would you do if your child told you someone they could not see called their name whenever they went by a particular location? Doug Mendenhall faced this circumstance with his youngest daughter Denise (not long after her NDE), and learned a few things about earthbound spirits in the process. He talked about that experience, and also had his sighted friend added some observations, in I See…Awake! (2015), pp. 200-203:
When Denise was young she had to go over a bridge behind our home to visit a friend. She always heard a young boy call out her name from under the bridge. It frightened her, and she never responded. Finally, she told me about it.
I felt impressed to call the friend’s mother who was gifted and thought she might be able to help. She agreed to meet Denise and me at the bridge along with her young son that was also without a veil.
At the bridge, her son called out to the spirit that was under the bridge and told his mother that the spirit was his friend that he played with him all the time. “But he can’t leave the water, Mom,” he told her.
The mother talked to the boy and told him that his parents missed him and that he should go to them. Denise made the comment that he needed to go to Christ. So the mother told him to look up to see the Lord, and he ought to go to Him. The boy spirit did, and her son said, “There he goes,” pointing upward. It was a great experience.
Denise made the comment that he was an earthbound spirit and had been there since pioneer times, trapped in the water.
I have related about the earthbound man that lived in our home in Taylorsville, Utah. He had been killed in an auto accident and told me that I was the one that was dead, and I should get out of his home. He followed Denise around because she could see him.
There was an earthbound spirit that I tried to talk to using an Irish accent. He thought I was making fun of him and was quite offended. He started to do all kinds of poltergeist activity around our home, throwing pots around, tipping things over, etc. These are just a few of the earthbound spirits we have encountered. Some don’t know they have transitioned, some are angry, still have addictions and don’t want to move on. Some are of an evil nature.
Back story on earthbound spirits: From our friend Kitten: “There have been quite a number of people that experienced NDEs who have returned stating they were unaware of transitioning until circumstances and/or others (usually Angels) spoke to them and pointed out specific types of physical features as well as help them recall events which led to the ejection from their body. Death can be instantaneous. If there is no phasing effect or sensations whereby the mortal and immortal are able to detect transitioning from mortal living to the immortal state, the person can become quite confused. Most people are so centered upon their mortal lives, they are totally unaware of anything beyond that. Therefore, if there is a sudden death, the person would be under the erroneous belief they are still in mortality.
“Because there are different levels of intelligence, a person who is naturally of a lower intelligence will have difficulty discerning if they are in the mortal or immortal state. Also the young with little life experience can have this same problem. This is not to say those who are born mentally challenged, or become mentally challenged due to illness, accident, or experience some type of insult to the brain which leaves them brain damaged are of a lower intellect naturally.
“There is an amazing number of intellectually low spirits being born upon this planet. It is through experience they gain greater knowledge and enhancement to their intellects. Sadly there are others who have been convinced they are intellectually inferior, to associated others, who carry that same belief upon transitioning (a.k.a. die). Hence whether they are mortal or immortal, they continue in the somewhat confused state with the belief there is nothing else other than mortal life.
“There are some whose transition is so violent they are literally terrified of moving from where they ended up. There are victims of violent crimes who were told they were to stay in the one spot or they would be beaten even more than what they had been previously. Although they actually died from the injuries, they are afraid to leave the area. Others become so locked to the situation they cannot think to move away from it, like the small boy that drowned many years ago in the stream behind Denise’s home.”
Updated on May 10, 2021
Doug Mendenhall’s paternal grandmother was a full-blooded Native American, so he was always interested in anything involving those of similar ancestry. Many years ago, he drove to the next county fifty miles south of his home in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, and ended up helping some Native American spirits who were still bound to this Earth. They, in turn, helped Doug in an unexpected way for a season, as he explains in I See…Awake! (2015), pp. 197-200:
One day I was at a gifted/sighted friend’s home chatting when the Spirit told me to drive to Salina, Utah, which was about a one hour drive from my home. She had heard the request by the Spirit and asked me what was in Salina and why the Lord wanted me to go there.
I responded that I had no idea. I left her home, went to my house to tell Dianne that I needed to go to Salina and didn’t know why.
While I was driving south on Hwy 89, a vision opened to my mind of a cemetery that was surrounded on three sides by hills. On those hills I saw thousands of Lamanites or Native Americans. The cemetery and surrounding hills reminded me of the old University of Utah football stadium, shaped like a “U” filled to capacity with these ancient people on the hills. I wondered where it could be.
As I drove through Salina, the Spirit told me to turn left at the stop light. I had been through Salina many times but never stopped there except to get fuel and food. I drove several blocks east and finally entered what I thought was a construction yard. On the other side of the construction yard was a cemetery surrounded by hills on three sides. It was exactly what I had witnessed in my vision!
I drove to the end of the cemetery and was told to get out and pray for the Lamanites that were on the surrounding hillsides. Finding the largest headstone at the east end, I got out and knelt down behind it, embarrassed that someone might “see” me kneeling and praying. Later I thought this would not be strange for others to see someone kneeling near a grave, but at that time I was embarrassed.
The prayer didn’t last very long. I prayed by the Spirit and by the power of the Priesthood released them from their prison. I really didn’t understand the words that were given to me to say. Instead of “Heavenly Father,” it was “Great Father.”
Afterward I got into the car and drove back to my home. As I drove I could feel most of these Lamanites following me home. When I got home, I told my wife of the experience but never mentioned it to anyone else.
A few weeks later my daughter, Denise, came up to me and said, “Dad, our yard is full of Lamanites. Do you know why?”
I told her my experience, and she was satisfied. I asked why they had followed me home and were staying in our yard. She said they were there to protect us, and she walked away.
Several weeks later some good friends were flying to Hawaii and wanted blessings before they went. I voiced blessings on both of them, a mother and her daughter. Both were told that half of the Lamanites in my yard would accompany them to Hawaii to protect them and be with them. I thought that was unusual, but didn’t say much about it.
After they had been home from Hawaii for about a week, Denise came up to me and said, “Dad, you remember those Lamanites that I told you about in our yard?”
“Yes, I remember them,” I said.
“Well about half of them are now wearing hula skirts and are doing the hula. They don’t do it very well.”
I told her about the blessings to our friends and how half of the Lamanites went with our friends to protect them.
“Oh, that explains the hula skirts,” she answered.
The back story: Denise explains the story behind the story: “These Lamanites lived in the Salina area during Book of Mormon times and were involved in a battle in which they had been killed. Like many earthbound spirits that die a sudden death, they did not know they were “dead” for a long time. Every day they would have battles again with their enemies. This went on for a long time.
“Somehow they realized they were dead and asked for help. That is when the Lord inspired my Dad to go to Salina and do what he did. After they “went to the light” some of them asked the Lord for permission to come and be a protector for our family. We progress on both sides of the veil by doing service for others.
“So one day I noticed that there were huge muscular Lamanites in our yard. I asked my dad if he knew why they were there and he told me about going to Salina, the cemetery, blessing and releasing them.
“I asked them what they were doing in our yard, and they said that they felt an obligation to my dad for releasing them at the cemetery. They were going to stay in our yard to protect our family. They actually stood shoulder to shoulder all the way around our yard. They were huge and powerful.
“Later I noticed that half of them were gone. I didn’t think much about it. They weren’t shoulder to shoulder any more, but still were protecting our property and family.
“Then two weeks later all of them were back in our yard again, but this time half of them were wearing hula skirts and trying unsuccessfully to do the hula dance.
“I asked my dad again and he told me about the blessing for our friends that went to Hawaii. That explained the hula skirts on the Lamanite warriors. They were funny and liked to play around. After a few months all of them had moved on.”
“How Doug Mendenhall lived his life” was the topic of Denver Snuffer, Jr.’s observations at the funeral service for Doug on December 29, 2020.
Denver’s remarks and those of the other participants at Doug’s memorial services that day in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, are online at “Doug Mendenhall Memorial Recording” (February 8, 2021), and printed in Conquering Spiritual Evil Blog Posts 2020 (2021). Denver’s comments are on pages 567-568:
I’m grateful for the opportunity to come and participate in this. I appreciate very much the comments that have been made. One of the things I really loved about Doug was his smile.
It—to me—always looked slightly guilty, like he had just stolen a cookie, and I’m going to miss that. I’m going to miss a lot about him.
I got a random call this morning from a Hawaiian living in Canada on an Indian reservation. He said, “Can you talk?” and I said, “Yeah, I’m driving. I’m going down to Mount Pleasant to Doug Mendenhall’s funeral.” And he said, “Oh, I love that guy! You tell the family that Rob Adolpho loved Doug Mendenhall.” I was looking at the program for the funeral and they list the relationship that people participating have to Doug, and the category “Friend” outnumbers the category of different family members. That’s exactly how Doug Mendenhall lived his life.
People who are wealthy in this world fear continually the loss of their wealth, because the more wealth they have, the more they realize it can be lost. It doesn’t matter how much wealth you accumulate. Really wealthy people are the most fearful about the wealth that they have. But there is another kind of wealth that is secure, and stable, and eternal, and that’s the wealth of having friends. When you have friends, you know that there’s never going to come a time when someone won’t step up to give aid when it’s needed.
Stubbornly, Doug wouldn’t ask for aid when he needed it—so it required the spirit to intervene and to inspire people to do so. Doug never asked me for help for himself, but he had no hesitation at all to ask for help for someone else. And so, I had the privilege—I assume Doug did a great deal of this anonymously—of helping him put shoes on missionaries, and coats on missionaries, and suits on missionaries, and get wisdom teeth removed from missionaries, because there was always a need. Doug was looking to fill that need, soliciting. For all I know, many of you here got benefited by Doug’s generosity, because he would solicit from friends on behalf of other friends, but he wouldn’t solicit for himself.
I had a watch that gave up the ghost after 25 years. It’s the only kind of watch I ever wanted to own, and they stopped manufacturing it. So I had to find a way to replace it. You carry a phone. Everyone’s got a clock in your car. You’ve got a clock on your phone. There’s a clock on the wall. There’s clocks everywhere. There’s only one time I really need a watch, and that’s if I’m giving a talk. I like to have a clock I can look at, to see how long I’ve spoken and be courteous about getting out of there. It’s a pocket watch. When it arrived, it had a little plastic thing stuck to the front and the back. When you peel it off, it’s just so shiny and pretty and stainless steel and not a mark on it. I carried it around for about a week before something else in the pocket rubbed on it and it got a scuff. The scuff on it was so noticeable—it just bothered me. When I looked at the watch, the only thing I could see was this scuff on the darn thing. I’ve been carrying it for months now. As it turns out, everything will scuff the surface of stainless steel. But over time, when there are enough scuffs to the metal, it all turns into this mosaic that looks just as finished, and even more interesting, than when it arrived at first looking like a mirror.
Doug Mendenhall had a lot of scuffs on him before I ever met him the first time, and his countenance reflected that. He had a patience for people. He had a wisdom and a way of carrying himself that reflected the graciousness of having been scuffed, and having been belittled, having been dismissed, having been misunderstood by people throughout life. Doug had a wealth of friends and I’m happy to say that I’m one of them. He came to participate and listen in today. He’s not in the box, but he is here, and I think he’s slightly embarrassed by the crowd that came, and even more so by the group listening in from a distance. But Doug was a man who loved others.
Misunderstood and dismissed by a lot of people, but my word! If a Hawaiian living on an Indian reservation in Canada on the morning of his funeral can remark, “Oh I love that guy! Tell his family I loved him,” then the family should rest assured that his life was one that was, is, and will ever be filled with love. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
On July 27, 2019, Doug Mendenhall spoke in Sandy, Utah, at a mini-seminar about “What is Upcoming in Our Area, Country, and More.” He began his portion of the seminar (which he was presenting on behalf of his sighted daughter), talking about an Old Testament event—the provocation—and applying it to our current attitude and actions towards God today.
The entire seminar can be listened to on this blog at “Talks” (August 19, 2019). The following comments of Doug speaking are from a transcript of the mini-seminar, which was printed at the end of Conquering Spiritual Evil Blog Posts 2017-2019 (2020), on pages 335-336:
You know, for years and years we did the Ezekiel seminars, the Jedi classes, and all types of stuff. In fact, in the Jedi classes, I was told to do a section on the provocation. Who here doesn’t know what the provocation is? It might be important to know what the provocation is. It talks about it in Jacob 1:7, Alma 12:36, Psalms 95:8, Hebrews 3:8, 15, and D&C 84:23-26….
Why does God have something called the provocation mentioned in five places in the scriptures? Do you think it might be something that is on His mind, and is so important that He has the prophets talk about it? A really quick synopsis is: Moses goes up the mountain and God says, “Okay, how about you cleanse yourselves for three days? Have Israel take a bath. Good heavens, those guys stink. They’ve been in the desert.” And so they do. They start going up the mountain. They see all the lightning and hear all the thunder and all types of noise. There’s a cloud overhead, and they get scared. They say to Moses, “You go up, and you talk to the Lord, we don’t want to see Him.”
They were offered to enter into His rest: “Moses, bring them up here and they’ll enter into My rest.” They were offered to receive the Second Comforter and meet the Lord face to face. And they rejected that.
All these years I thought, “Well, why did You want me to talk about this?” I never knew. We’ve mentioned the provocation in some of the Jedi classes. I was doing what I was supposed to do; I never understood it. This morning, I’m sharing what Denise is saying, and she’s talked about a lot of stuff. She mentioned a lot of things for today that she wanted talked about. And He wanted me to start with the provocation.
Have we provoked God today? Have we been offered to meet Him or see Him face to face, and we don’t talk about it anymore? About seven or eight years ago, in a Sunday School, they were doing D&C, and a former bishop was teaching our class…and I thought, “Yes! We’re going to talk about this.”…It was the section on receiving the Second Comforter (D&C 67:1, 93:1). And he skipped right over those scriptures. I raised my hand, and I said, “Why did you skip those scriptures that talk about the Second Comforter?” He looked at me, and pointed his finger at me, and said, “We will never discuss the Second Comforter in this class!”
Have we provoked God? For you people that are LDS, it hasn’t been discussed since 1979 in General Conference. Why not? Do you think those guys are doing the will of God? It’s in your scriptures. It should be your main goal in this life, which is to receive Him. So what’s going on? Do you think that’s why the Lord wanted me to talk about the provocation in all of those Jedi classes, because we’re provoking Him the way Israel provoked Him, and then they got cursed for forty years in the wilderness and on and on?
So how’s your wilderness experience?
Posted on April 20, 2021
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Here’s an overview of Doug’s writings:
Doug Mendenhall’s first two books are prequels to Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One (2012). My Peace I Give Unto You (2001) and Possibilities: Lessons From The Spirit (2002) share what happened when Doug’s ten-year-old daughter, Denise, had a near-death experience in late 1999 and gained the ability to see spiritually those of light and dark around her.
Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One (2012) is the foundational book for all of Doug Mendenhall’s writings. This handbook of tools, experiences and stories covers how to deal with dark and negative spiritual entities, weapons, and devices.
There are three sequels to Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One. The first two are I See…Awake! (2015) and I See…Arise! (2016). The two I See books distill the major teachings of a series of spiritual battle workshops called Jedi Seminars, which Doug taught from 2011-2020.
Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume Two (2020) culminates the prior writings of Doug Mendenhall. His longest and most comprehensive work, this book of his personal experiences and learning is split into five sections: history, the reality of evil, tools, ancestral healing, and next steps/looking forward.
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The work to put Doug’s words online here prompts me to include two statements from Denver Snuffer, the first from his 2017 Prayer for Covenant, and the second from the “Fruit” entry in A Glossary of Gospel Terms. These are taken from their online versions at: scriptures.info.
“We hope to repent and return to your path, and no longer be condemned and rejected as a people because of those who went before. Take pity on us all and have mercy for us, as we acknowledge and accept the condemnation and rejection of the latter-day gentiles, and petition that we may overcome it. We are mindful that in 1832 the gentile saints were condemned for vanity and unbelief because they treated lightly the things they had received, and they were warned by you that they would remain under condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments, not only to say, but to do. You commanded the gentiles that they bring forth fruit meet for their Father’s kingdom, and if they failed to do so, there remained a scourge and judgment to be poured out upon those who claimed to be the children of Zion.” (Teachings and Commandments 156:1-2)
“‘The Savior provided a test whereby one can easily distinguish between true and false prophets. ‘You shall know them by their fruits’ (Matthew 7:16 KJV, 3:46 RE). The question was, “Well, if there is a test to apply, in order to determine whether or not he [Joseph Smith] was a prophet, the presence of the test suggests the possibility of a prophet.” I thought that an interesting point. Why would you have a test if there is not going to be another prophet? So, “you shall know them by their fruits” suggests the possibility that there will, in fact, be someone you better apply that test to, someone for whom the test will become both relevant and important. So I couldn’t categorically dismiss Joseph Smith as a prophet for the reason there absolutely could never be more. Therefore, I needed to ask the next question: What are Joseph’s fruits?’ (Denver Snuffer, 40 Years in Mormonism Lecture 7 ‘Christ: The Prototype of the Saved Man,’ page 4)
“In Matthew 12:28-32 JST, 6:14 RE, Christ explained how to measure ‘fruit.’ ‘Either make the tree good and his fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and his fruit corrupt, for the tree is known by the fruit. And Jesus said, O you generation of vipers. How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man, out of the good treasure of the heart, brings forth good things; and an evil man, out of the evil treasure, brings forth evil things. And again I say unto you that every idle word men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment; for by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.’
“Christ determined that the test for ‘fruit’ is the words one speaks. But how should ‘words’ be measured? Anger, conflict, violence, war, and division amongst families were just some of the results of the words Christ spoke. If Christ’s words were measured by how people were affected by them, then Christ produced bad fruit. Therefore, the reaction people have to words cannot be an accurate measure of ‘fruit.’ It must be the substance, the truth, or the independent value of the words — separate from how people respond to a man’s words. Prophets and righteous individuals have been arousing anger, provoking violent reactions, and being called anything from foolish to vile because of their words, and that does nothing to diminish the goodness of their fruit. (Denver Snuffer, ‘Fruit,’ March 10, 2018, blog post)”
During the last two or three years of his life, Doug Mendenhall worked on finishing his seventh (and final) book, Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume Two (2020). Doug’s largest and most comprehensive work, this book of his personal experiences and learning is split into five sections: history, the reality of evil, tools, ancestral healing, and next steps/looking forward.
Putting the last first, Doug’s final words in his book are the following:
“Praise God for His kindness and all glory be to Him. The principles or laws talked about in this chapter—and in this entire book—are true. They will work for anyone that applies them. It is our choice to apply them in a Babylonian way, and you know who runs Babylon, or in a Christ-centered way. Both have been presented. I have seen both….As expressed, it is always our choice. May we choose wisely.”
Here’s Doug’s first words in his last book, Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume Two, on pages v-vi:
I am so relieved to have this second volume of Conquering Spiritual Evil done. It contains things that to me are a pure delight. From more about how evil works to tools to combat it, generational healing and looking forward. It has been wonderful to experience most of what is contained in this work. We’ve always said that the Lord Jesus Christ makes sure our books are “experiential” in nature. What we end up writing about is our life and what we go through.
There have been so many that have helped with this work. Always first and foremost is the Lord Jesus Christ. Without Him there is no work, no life, and no joy. I am grateful to Him for all things, easy and hard. The hard ones seem to stretch a person into more growth.
My sweetheart, Dianne is my rock. She endures so much time alone while these things are written and figured out. Thank you for your patience, love, and understanding. Thank you for being my sounding board. You bless my life abundantly.
There are many friends that were helpers with this project. I hope to remember them all.…There are a few that have no problem calling me to task or challenging concepts and ideas. They have no idea how much that is appreciated. It makes me dig deeper into the Spirit and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to make sure the ideas and concepts are of Him….
Please forgive any and all errors, typos, etc. We are not professional and only do this by request of our Lord Jesus Christ. All honor, praise and glory be to Him, our Mother and Father.
I really appreciate all those who willingly shared their experiences and stories. It takes real courage to share what you have. It will help many others.
Like in our other books, one of the hardest parts about writing this was how much of the material overlapped. Good lessons seem to be applicable to several chapters, concepts, and ideas. So please forgive me for that. This work is my own effort with much help from others. It is not of any church or organization. I don’t purport to teach LDS doctrine in this book. This book stands on its own. I am just relating our experiences with spiritual evil, those of others, while hopefully offering ideas that are usable in your life. This comes from my own understandings and experiences. I hold no position in any church or community that would warrant anyone giving me any notice. I like it that way and am grateful for my anonymity.
It is my prayer that through these four books, Conquering Spiritual Evil, I See…Awake!, I See…Arise!, and now Conquering Spiritual Evil Vol. 2 you will have many tools to use to keep you and your family safer than you were before. This world is getting darker by the day and it will be important for your family’s spiritual well-being to know how to combat evil. May God bless you in this effort.
As always it is hoped you will read with an open mind and heart. There are concepts in this book that you may never have thought of and that requires an open mind and heart.