Updated on August 10, 2021
For a number of years (before he started the Conquering Spiritual Evil blog in 2017), Doug Mendenhall sent out emails to many people about all kinds of topics. Here’s one of those unpublished emails written by Doug, this one from March 18, 2014, where he talks about two separate topics. The first subject covers when Doug saw some balls of light floating in the air at a friend’s home. The second topic is Doug’s musings and questions about D&C 76:25-28, which scriptures talk about Lucifer and Satan:
Just got back from helping my friend drive to Houston and am leaving again this AM, so I’m in kind of a rush to get this email out. Got woke up at 4 AM with what to say in this, so I know it’s not from me.
Last week a good friend called and said that his house was full of orbs and asked if I wanted to come up and “orb watch?” I called and asked Kitten if she wanted to go, knowing that she would only go if the Lord told her to. I was surprised when she said yes. We went to my friend’s home and the energy was amazing, a very high frequency. Kitten was like a kid in a candy store or maybe like a kitten in a dairy. She was watching them fly all over the place, talking to them, etc. We went downstairs to see what was there and my friend had four lights in the room. He had the new fluorescent squirrely bulbs. It was “retarding” the energy there and I asked Kitten if she felt it. She confirmed that they put off a bad energy and suggested he get the incandescent bulbs. Interesting, I never would have guessed.
The “orbs” were interesting. Some were spirits, while others were just balls of intelligence. They fly around the universe and were attracted to our earth and then to the energy of his home. They came out of curiosity, balls of intelligent energy, no spirit there. Something that we all were many many many many eons ago. Perhaps before we became spirits? Many questions and so little time……
Several more things…. At the home with the orbs the energy created a vortex that caused these other energies to come and see and feel and experience. The home is built on an artesian well. They have a huge sump pump that keeps the water out of their basement. The flowing water under the home creates an energy vortex that gives them natural protection against darkness, as long as they are Christ centered. The energy there is really wonderful and would be a great place to meditate, read and pray. Makes you wonder when Christ says that He is Living Water.
The last thing I wanted to mention is how the gospel is really simple and basic in the scriptures when read at a cursory or basic level of understanding. But when opened up by the Spirit it can become quite the opposite. Then the possibilities and questions go off the charts. But that is when the gospel becomes very exciting.
One example is what we talked about in Conquering Spiritual Evil when it was mentioned briefly that Satan and Lucifer are two different people. Basically D&C 76 tells us that when read at a higher level of understanding. In vs. 25 it talks about Lucifer “who rebelled against the Only Begotten Son.” Then in vs. 28 it talks of Satan, “who rebelled against God and sought to take the kingdom of our God and his Christ.”
Before it was easy to conflate these two verses and “know” they are talking about the same person. But if you read carefully and understand the concept of opposition in ALL things, then it is easier to see they are two different people, and that it probably is required they be different since there must needs be an opposite in all things.
But what about the end of that last verse where it says Satan sought to take away the kingdom of our God and his Christ. I am positive that means our Heavenly Father when it says our God. But when it says that about “his Christ” what is he talking about? Is that our Jesus the Christ? Or could it be our Heavenly Father’s Christ, meaning the Christ that He had when He achieved His redemption on an earth many eons ago? Do you see the difference? Just another possible meaning to a scripture we have all read many times. If it means His Christ, does that mean there is a “connection” between us and our “Christ” that redeems us? More than we possibly understand at the moment? What are the other possibilities? Just wondering?
Updated on August 6, 2021
A lot can happen in two years. What’s the same and different in your life now compared to the summer of 2019?
Around fifty years ago, one of Doug Mendenhall’s sighted friends was shown a potential still-future event in Salt Lake City, Utah. Then in early 2019, she shared with Doug how, within her vision of the future, she was standing inside a destroyed high-rise apartment building, a specific building that was not yet planned or constructed when she told Doug.
Later, on July 27, 2019, the friend spoke about the building at a mini-seminar on “What is Upcoming in Our Area, Country, and More.” At the same seminar (held in Sandy, Utah), Doug shared how he confirmed which building she had seen.
Audio recordings of Doug’s friend and him at the seminar are online at “Talks” (August 19, 2019). In addition, Doug’s comments are printed on pages 334-335 of Conquering Spiritual Evil Blog Posts 2017-2019 (2020).
An update on the building’s current construction status follows Doug’s July 2019 comments:
Doug: Kitten, do you want the address of that building to be given out?
Doug: I don’t know what night it was – what’s today? Thursday?
Person in audience: Saturday.
Doug: About three or four days ago, because she shared her talk with me before then, I got woken up around three. The being says, go get on the Internet and look up the online article you read back in April. I was like, take a hike, and rolled back over. At four, he wakes me up again. I say, Take a hike. We’re having this conversation, and I’m telling him, Just get lost. And I finally realized, it was her guardian. I knew it was Seth.
Finally, I got up at seven o’clock. I turned the computer on, looked up the article, and there it was. It shows all the new high-rise buildings that have been approved for downtown Salt Lake. So I called Kitten up and asked her who was it that came and woke me up. She confirmed it was him.
(One time I did some things that were wrong, and he threw an actual hairball in my mouth. I don’t know how exactly, well, he’s a translated being, he can do whatever he wants.)
Anyway, I looked up the maps. I knew the buildings. I knew which one it was. I sent her a picture of the article, and she confirmed that was the building she’d gone up inside [in her vision of the future]. It’s a 24 story high-rise. It’s right next to the Maverick building on 151 South State. There’s been no construction started yet. So you got at least five months. How long does it take to build a 24 story high-rise? Well, it’s been approved to be built. There, you have the address and all. Now you can all drive downtown later in Salt Lake today and take a look at the lot. It’s between Maverick and the federal building. So, there you go.
We’ll do it on the blog, updates.
Person in audience: Get a live camera.
August 2021 update: The planned 24 story high-rise was modified to 21 stories when construction began in 2020. See “It’s Being Built” (June 14, 2020). The almost completed building is now called Liberty Sky Apartments, and is the first skyscraper in Salt Lake City to be only apartments. (It does not have offices, a mix of offices and apartments, or condominiums.) Liberty Sky has over 250 apartments on its 21 floors. Rental applications began in June 2021, and the first tenants can start living there before the end of 2021, according to Liberty Sky Apartments.
Here’s what the apartment building’s construction looks like now, including a crane over the top floors. This photo was taken August 5, 2021:
Doug Mendenhall spent much of his life seeking to know the truth of the past, present and the future through his personal experiences and following the Savior Jesus Christ. He constantly gave gratitude for what was shown to him, and he marveled at the differences between the world’s lies and God’s truth. Doug also was fond of repeating, “Don’t believe a word I say. Go and ask God yourself.”
The first seven pages of Doug’s final book, Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume Two (2020) focus on truth, based in the past and our beginnings. Doug’s observations parallel Christ’s prophecy that, “as it was in the days of Noah, so also shall it be at the time of the coming of the Son of Man” (JST-Matthew 1:41). All things from the ancient past will come full circle now and in the future, and our choice is whether we want to understand, prepare for, and participate fully in that revolution:
“And truth is a knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come.” (D&C 93:24)
The first four chapters of this book provide a view of our ancient history—even before we as a species came here—plus a look at while we are here and also where our world is going. It is important to know your history. Why? Because if you don’t know your history, you don’t know truth.
In Denver Snuffer’s talk from 2019 titled, “Civilization,” he is talking about Zion: “The Lord has every intention of keeping His promise to Enoch. There will be those who are gathered. There must be a people gathered to a place, a holy city that meets the description and fulfills the promises God made. The people must gird up their loins, or in other words must be living the godly religion that declares things as they really are. A religion founded on truth. Truth requires us to know things as they were, as they are, and as they are to come. Many past things that are hidden from the world must be revealed. God’s people must know ancient truths so their hearts can turn to the fathers. But it will be to covenant people, not individuals, to whom this outpouring will be given.” (p. 6)
When an evil force takes over a nation they will change that nation’s history or even delete it. We have seen that happen here in the United States. History is being changed, deleted, and perverted. As stated above, if you don’t know your history you can’t know the truth. It is impossible.
In our world of today they don’t give you the real news on television. Why? Because they are liars and don’t want you to know truth. If you don’t know how things are today, then you don’t know truth.
The real tricky one for me is the last part. If you don’t know the future, then you don’t know truth either. Truth requires all three, the past, present and the future. Is that one reason scripture is so important? It will give you the past, teaches you to be in the present, and reveals the future—truth.
If we don’t know our true premortal past, we can’t know the truth in our present mortal situation and how to deal with life here. Slaves are cut off from their true origins. Because they are cut off from their origins they can be enslaved and controlled.
It is bad enough that our government, schools, and universities dumb us down, change our past history, and keep us ignorant. The saddest thing of all is when our religions participate in this satanic practice. They will change their past history to provide a “better” or nicer narrative. Therefore they are not working in truth. Evil doesn’t want us to know our history and seeks to change, destroy, and distort it in every way possible.
These first chapters will give you understandings or truth that you may never have thought of before. Our hope is you will be open and take all things to your Father in Heaven and ask Him about all of this work. It might be wise to include the Savior in your searching. Please don’t let others control your search for knowledge and understanding. Recognize that there are many that use the lack of knowledge to control. Odds are you will be mocked, made fun of, and called names for daring to look into knowledge of how evil works. You see, if you don’t know you will not be able to defend yourself, your family or be able to overcome their fiery darts and what they will throw at you.
Knowledge and truth are required to overcome evil and to defend ourselves and family. All that being said, enjoy this first section about our history.
I have always felt the previous two books, I See…Awake! and I See…Arise! were extensions of the book, Conquering Spiritual Evil [Volume One]. All three books discuss evil and offer concepts on how to overcome it, though some may not see how some chapters are pertinent to “evil.” A good example of this might be the chapter about becoming a fully conscious human being. What does that have to do with overcoming evil? A lot. This book will take those concepts and expand on them.
In my mind it is all a huge tapestry that the Gods of Light are weaving for our benefit, so we can become like them. I don’t see any of these concepts as being compartmentalized. Learning how to overcome evil is as important as learning who our Lord Jesus Christ is. It is all part of one whole. It is something the Lord Jesus Christ Himself learned, is it not? If a person can stand back and see what the Gods of Light are about, on any level, it becomes this beautiful tapestry I mentioned. They work with this creation on all levels. Truly, their goal is as our Father stated: “For behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.” (Moses 1:39) His work encompasses many things, on all ends of the spectrum and involves all of His creation in doing that work.
The two previous books lay a foundation for what will be discussed in this volume. If they have not been read, I would highly recommend doing so first. To be honest, it might be good to review Conquering Spiritual Evil while you’re at it! With that being said, let’s get going!
Chapter 23 of I See…Arise! addresses “Celestial Mechanics,” another term for our Solar System, and why it was created, and what it is doing. Understanding these things will help us understand why we are here on this globe we call Earth and how spiritual evil plays into it. (If you haven’t read that chapter, it would benefit you greatly to read it, well the entire book actually.)
That chapter includes the drawing Joseph Smith did for Philo Dibble (p. 359). It shows the planets lined up similar to a shish kebab. This arrangement was created in the Celestial realms as our Solar System.
Furthermore, in this same chapter is information from Lynn M. Hilton concerning how the Milky Way Galaxy—our Father’s Kingdom—is set up. (Ibid. pp. 376–377) The hub or center is the Celestial Kingdom. The first donut-shaped ring is the Terrestrial Kingdom; the outer ring that surrounds the Terrestrial Kingdom is what God calls the Telestial Kingdom. Outer darkness would be beyond the Telestial Kingdom.
To add to this information is a thought provoking question of Denver Snuffer: “Ever notice how the pre-earth and the Millennium seem alike?” (Preserving the Restoration, p. 323)…
The heavens are fully involved and are an active participant in the evolution of our consciousness. The energy or energies coming down from heaven are quite important in the development of that consciousness or understanding.
Some of the most exciting events of our time were discussed relating to how the days of Noah will again play out in our day. All things will come full circle, pun intended, and the Solar System will return to the way it was, as will the Earth. Therefore, the quote by Snuffer. He also wrote in Preserving the Restoration: “…There is [a] body of knowledge God plans to give back to mankind in this dispensation. It includes a plan to restore things we have hardly yet considered.” (p. 41)
“Because the people gave of themselves, wanting nothing back, Heaven took notice.” Doug Mendenhall shares the backstory to the unique Country Gardens restaurant on pages 3-6 of I See…Arise! (2016). Around 15 years ago, this restaurant in Sanpete County, Utah, hosted six families who served the local community without any of the workers being paid, and “Heaven took notice.”
Around 2005, while I was traveling north to do a seminar, the Spirit told me to make a bid to take over a restaurant in Fairview, Utah. It was a place that my daughter and her husband were running for his parents. They were in the process of closing it due to many months of losses.
The Spirit told me to approach five other families and ask them if they would like to take over this restaurant and work it for the Lord, and no one would be paid to work there—not one dime. I had no idea how these families would view what the Lord was asking us to do. They still would need to work their normal jobs so they could provide for their families in addition to covering all shifts at the restaurant.
All five said they would do it. One said they would do it for me. That didn’t sit well with me, as I knew they needed to do it for the Lord and not for a man. Nevertheless, I made the offer to take it over, and it was rejected. As I knelt on my knees that night, I reminded the Lord that this was His deal, and it had been rejected. He told me to have patience and wait.
The owners called three days later and said they would accept our offer to just take it over; no money involved in the transaction.
The five (later six) families ran the restaurant, Country Gardens, for two years. We learned much. We fought, cried, laughed, learned, worked very hard together, loved and hated each other, and yet we tried to obey the Lord in what we were doing. Country Gardens was His restaurant, not ours. It was hard to put in forty hours there and then work another forty hours or more to provide for my family. But the lessons learned were priceless, and little did we know how Heaven felt about it.
We started each day with prayer. Shields were placed around the restaurant to keep darkness away from it. Love was consciously put into the food as we cooked it. For Thanksgiving we fed anyone who wanted to come for a free turkey dinner. At Christmas time we fed fifty needy families a free Christmas dinner of any item on the menu that they wanted to eat, including dessert. There was a Christmas room upstairs loaded with purchased and donated toys, clothes, and other items that were given to the families for Christmas. Some families that came had up to twelve children. It was an amazing time and incredibly hard work. I remember leaving the restaurant many nights at one in the morning.
One family that worked with us, the DeGraws, dressed up as Dickens Carolers and sang Christmas Carols in the restaurant and also outside at a Nativity we had built. We gave away free hot chocolate and apple cider.
One Thanksgiving when we provided the free dinner, we stayed open until 3:00 p.m. and then shut it down so we could clean up and go home to enjoy the rest of the day with our families. At 3:10 there was a knock on the door. I opened the door, and there stood a man and woman, a husband and wife.
The man said, “We’ve been traveling and tried to get a Thanksgiving dinner at the restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, but we got there at 3:05, and they wouldn’t feed us, so we traveled here and found you. Could we get a meal here?”
I told him sure and asked them to come in.
We sat them in the booth near the register. They both ate two plates of food and dessert on top of that. It was fun talking to them because they had really “different” accents.
My daughter, Denise, sat over in the corner and just watched and smiled.
After the couple left I called our friend, Kitten, who has spiritual sight and asked her if she noticed anything about the restaurant as she had driven off with her husband. She had left as they walked up to our door. She stated that she had seen a huge light descend on the place but had been told to keep going home.
We asked Denise about them because the Spirit had told us that it had been the Lord Jesus Christ and his Wife that had come to our restaurant. Denise laughed and confirmed that, indeed, it had been Them.
We felt Their presence for weeks, and some of us found ourselves sitting in that booth whenever we could. We marveled that They would come to our little place. Why? And then we’d ask ourselves if it really was the Lord and His Wife. Then the Spirit would confirm it all over again to us.
Later at Christmas time as we were feeding the fifty families, They came back. They listened to the DeGraws sing carols for thirty minutes inside the restaurant, carols to Him, about His birth, as He sat there. Then They went outside and listened to the DeGraws and others sing carols at the Nativity we had built.
Once again it was confirmed that They had come back to see the restaurant.
Years later a good friend called me and asked me to tell him of our restaurant experience.
“You mean my monumental failure?” I asked him.
“No, it was not a failure. It was a piece of Zion here on the earth for those two years, and Heaven took notice,” he responded.
He went on to say that Heaven took notice because a group of people listened to His voice and worked a restaurant for two years without pay, doing much good for the community while learning many lessons themselves. Because the people gave of themselves, wanting nothing back, Heaven took notice.
Updated on June 3, 2021
Can you learn something—anything—different from what you already know if you don’t believe anything could be different from what you already know? What if you visit a medical doctor who shows you a healing device you had never seen before? Or, you learn that Oliver Cowdery was originally told in revelation that he had the gift of using a divining rod? Or, God provides you with “training wheel” tools to prepare you for learning something everyone around you says is impossible based on their traditions?
Doug Mendenhall became acquainted with many tools for obtaining light and conquering spiritual evil. He shares his first exposure to one of them in I See…Awake! (2015) on pages 13-17:
I have found over the years that many things that are considered to be evil by mainstream Christianity or by LDS really are just misunderstood. God has given us tools to use and of course those have been taken and perverted by the Adversary, so much so that much of what was once “considered good” is now felt to be of abject evil.
For example, some years ago my aged mother had shattered her shin which required surgery to repair. Several months later the pain still remained, so we took her to my sighted daughter’s doctor. My daughter had told me that this doctor was not a regular allopathic physician who practiced only the traditions of Western Medicine. I was going to learn something new!
We arrived at her home office and told her of my mother’s accident and subsequent pain. She had my mother get up on the exam table and lay on her back. The doctor then left the room and came back with a crystal pendulum on a chain. I was surprised to see a doctor walk in with that in her hand.
“So what are you going to do with that?” I asked.
“I’m not going to do anything with it, you are,” she answered.
I didn’t know why she wanted me to do anything with it. I really had no opinion of pendulums, only what the average “Christian” might tell you, they are evil, something that witches and soothsayers used. Well, I guess that might have been my opinion, too. The doctor then asked me to hold on to the end of the chain and let the pendulum on the other end dangle over my mother’s injured shin. I was instructed to hold it very carefully over the shin and to not move my arms or hands, to keep very still and let the pendulum do the work. I smiled inside, thinking that this ought to be really good. We could soon get this over with and leave. All I can say is thank the good Lord that the doctor’s faith was intact, and God was not going to have to rely on the disbeliever who had been asked to hold the pendulum above his mother’s leg.
I really liked this doctor because she had helped our daughter many times. But this really stretched my judgmental box. I sat in a chair next to my mother and put both elbows on the edge of the examination table. I was not going to move. I grabbed the end of the chain and held it so that the pendulum was directly above my mother’s shin bone, making sure that when this did nothing for my mother, I was not going to be the one the doctor blamed. I held as still as possible; I could feel and hear my heart beating.
Suddenly the pendulum quivered and started to slowly spin in a counter clock-wise motion over her shin. It made a pretty big circle for about ten minutes. It then slowed down and stopped. It quivered again and started going clock-wise in a big circle. After a while it slowed down and stopped.
The doctor looked over and said, “It’s done now.”
I looked at my mother and asked her how she felt. “The pain is gone,” she replied. The Doctor explained that when it went counter clock-wise, it was taking out the negative energy. Then when it went clock-wise, it was putting in Christ’s healing energy. I was shocked and couldn’t respond in any way. Mom never complained about that shin again.
This was one of my first introductions to a tool, an instrument that can be used as the holder intends. It can be used properly and can be of great benefit. It can be used improperly and be a great detriment if the sender is evil and desires to cause problems. Any tool is not inherently evil; it is just a tool. These past fifteen years the Lord has introduced me to many different tools. They operate by God’s natural law.
Joseph Smith was given several tools when he secured the metal plates out of the ground. One was what he called the Urim and Thummim, and another was a tool called a seer stone. He used both to “see” other things. He used the seer stone for a while to translate the plates, which became the Book of Mormon. He’d put it in the bottom of a hat and put his face in the hat. By doing this he was shown many things. He saw into the “metaphysical” world, or we might call it the spirit realm. Others procured seer stones and Hiram Page evidently used his improperly. Once again it is just a tool. Can you tap into light with it? Absolutely. Can you tap into dark with it? Absolutely. What is your intent? Where is your heart with the Lord Jesus Christ? After a while Joseph didn’t need the tool anymore; he could just look and see. He had become a true seer and had the gift of sight. The seer stone was just “training wheels” that the Lord had him use until it wasn’t needed any more…
I had a “spiritual rebirth” when our daughter, Denise, came out of her coma and came home with spiritual sight, with her “third eye” open to the spirit world, both light and dark. Now I’ve had an ecclesiastical leader tell me that my belief that my daughter can see through the veil is satanic. I thought it was just a gift from God, like Oliver had the gift from God to use a stick to find things. I have to say that he is right only if my intent is to use the gift from God for evil purposes. If the intent is to do the Lord Jesus Christ’s work, then it is of the Lord. My rebirth has gone on for some 15 plus years now, and it keeps getting better as I learn new things and as my own spiritual gifts have opened up. The more I learn, the more I realize that I don’t know very much. What we have experienced and learned we are to share in books, and this is one of those sharing experiences.
Later I would learn about energy work and healing and how that also is based upon laws decreed from the foundations of this world. On my mission to Spain in 1976 my companion and I experienced the healing of a man who had not walked in 6 years. He jumped out of bed and started to shadow box, then ran up the street shouting that he’d been healed. We two young missionaries stood there dumbfounded, in shock. It worked. We had laid hands on him and in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ declared him to be healed, and he was. Was that a “metaphysical” experience? Some would say it was. For us it was a humbling experience showing us what faith could accomplish—one of God’s laws again.
Updated on June 3, 2021
Doug Mendenhall starts out his book I See…Awake! (2015) (on pages 11-13) by explaining how natural law is used by good to create freedom or evil to create slavery. He emphasized “natural law” whenever he was involved in a workshop, seminar, class, or writing books or on this blog. Doug looked for and saw natural law at work all around him, and constantly worked to increase his perception and understanding of natural law.
God has natural laws. These laws can be used for good or for evil; it is up to the individual to choose. No matter whether the actions of an individual are morally good or bad, they are brought about by exactly the same laws. The difference is solely one of intention. When we meditate or pray with gratitude and have faith that our God is working in our favor, we can co-create the world that we desire.
“There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated. And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.” (D&C 130:20-21)
Our Father in Heaven and the Gods of Light have given us natural laws (God’s laws) as the above scripture plainly states. If we operate by God’s natural law then we are fully conscious human beings. When we continue with that state of conscious- ness, we can become an “enlightened” being. From this point on, when we keep following the path of our Lord Jesus Christ, we can become a redeemed being, then a translated being, and then on to becoming a son of God. If we operate against God’s natural laws, we become dark and become enlightened in the dark arts. We then have the ability to travel that path to becoming an “ascended being,” and eventually all the way to becoming a son of Satan. A conscious person of light has the knowledge of what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior, which is surely enhanced by his or her connection to the Spirit and God. The world we get is the world we enact or co-create into existence.
For example, one of God’s natural laws is the law of freedom. It states that as the aggregate morality of a people increases, their freedom also increases proportional to that level of morality. The converse is also true, as the aggregate morality of any given people decreases, they become more enslaved.
The Book of Mormon puts this quite succinctly about “this land” we live in.
“Behold, this is a choice land and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ.” (Ether 2:12)
If we obey our God, we will be a free land; if not, we will have bondage and captivity. Ancient Israelites and Nephites are examples of this. Obey God = Freedom. Disobey God = Bondage/Slavery.
Have you ever considered that natural law works both ways—with light and dark? The God of Darkness will answer his follower’s prayers just like our Father in Heaven will answer ours. The natural laws are there for the choosing. When we receive a blessing, it is because we obeyed the law or laws that allows the universe to fulfill that blessing. If you send out a curse, whether inadvertently or with intent, you obeyed that law that allowed it to be sent out.
This book will show you in many cases how Light works and also how evil works. Through the eyes of my friend, Kitten, my daughter and other friends with spiritual sight we will get a “behind the scenes” look at Light and also Dark to see what they do and how they do it. Why? So you can get an understanding of how the dark operates in order to overcome it, which will be important in your life especially when you are being plagued by them—so you won’t be plagued by them. Also, because evil mimics light and by seeing how that works, it will be possible to understand how our Father and His Son work. If our Father or the Lord Jesus Christ does something, the Adversary will copy it in darkness and for evil. There is much to be learned on how light operates by understanding how evil has copied it. For most that might be a new concept; nevertheless it is true, and it will be shown throughout this book.
Is demonic possession fake or real? If you have not had experience with the adversary in this way, are you open to believing, or will you look to other explanations? And, how about dealing with or overcoming possession by evil spirits?
Doug Mendenhall wrote 370 pages of what he learned about our constant opposition in this world—and the fight with it—in Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One (2012). The following observations are from that book, in chapter 2, “Is Spiritual Evil Real?” on pages 15-21:
It seems that modern psychotherapy, modern medicine, and possibly even church members have reduced Satan to just stories from the Bible and from early church history. I have talked to many people that feel it is not something you are really bothered with unless you are extremely evil. As quoted [in this book] by LDS therapists, “At the time the scriptures were written, the people mistook mental disease and biologically based defects for possession by evil spirits.” If we persist in this belief, Satan will win many souls.
I have a daughter that works with wayward teenagers in a group home. She originally worked in a home for girls. She watched as the counselors worked with these girls, only getting them so far on the road to mental health recovery. One night she talked with the counselor and dared mention unclean spirits and demons. The counselor told her that she knew the girls had “possession problems” but that there was nothing she could do about it; it wasn’t a subject that could even be broached. She knew the girls could never be completely “healed” as long as this issue was not addressed.
Recently I spent five hours with a woman that had worked as a psych-nurse for over thirty years. The last few were with a group that handles mental issues for LDS missionaries. She stated that she knows most of the psych-problems she dealt with were a result of possession. She is blessed with discernment and carries much light and knows this is to be a fact. The problem was she was just a nurse and was never allowed to assess anything—her job was to hand out pills and do what the doctor ordered. I listened to dozens of stories about the people she had encountered that were possessed, and there wasn’t one thing she was allowed to do. As she told me, possession is not even in most doctors’ consciousness.
Even in one of our own recent LDS general conferences we are told, “Today the only power Satan and his followers have is the power to tempt and try us.” (Robert D. Hales, “Agency: Essential to the Plan of Life,” LDS General Conference, October 2010)
I’m not quite sure if Elder Hales really meant that Satan can’t possess us, enter into our bodies like he declares in the temple that he will and that he really only can “tempt and try us.” That would make things so much easier for all of us.
This is very similar to what Brigham Young declared many years ago: “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)
As Brigham Young said, “This probation is a continual warfare.” If we don’t know that or even ignore that fact, we will still be affected by it. The adversary never rests, never quits. He and his minions are always pushing at us.
Brigham Young also said that we never had an ache or pain that wasn’t put there by darkness or the adversary and his minions. (Journal of Discourses 4:133). They have the ability to possess us—something even declared by Satan in the temple ceremony. We will see in this work that they also have the ability to cause us physical harm, psychological harm, and like Brigham Young said, aches and pains and all kinds of physical discomforts. It appears that they do have the ability to do more than to just “tempt and try us.”…
We invite evil into us in hundreds of different ways, but the main ones are disobedience to the Lord, anger, and fear. These will be discussed several times in this book. Once we have allowed the adversary a foothold, he can really go to work on us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
We need to understand that “The devil cannot compel mankind to evil, all was voluntary. Those who resist the spirit of God, are liable to be led into temptation, and then the association of heaven is withdrawn from those who refuse to be made partakers of such great glory—God would not exert any compulsory means and the Devil could not; and such ideas as were entertained by many were absurd.” (Joseph Smith, May 16, 1841, Words of Joseph Smith, p. 72)
This book comes from the stance that these things are real. In this continual warfare it is important to know your enemy and how he operates. It might be important to understand, contemplate, and meditate on all aspects of spiritual evil…
I have talked with members that have experienced severe “poltergeist” activity in their homes and have asked for help from local priesthood leaders, who then came and said a prayer over the home. Nothing changed. If these people are open to asking others, they will usually be directed to a person that does “energy work.” Individuals that do energy work are familiar with dark entities and spirits because of the work they do in helping people become free of such problems. But our church membership by and large seems to be ignorant of the problem or refuses to believe it exists. Though some do know it exists because it haunts them daily. They just don’t know where to turn for help, and therefore remain silent.
One woman was so beside herself from the poltergeist/demonic activity in her home that she called the local LDS authorities, the local Catholic Priest, and anyone else she could find—all to no avail. She just wanted help in alleviating the problem, but no one seemed to know what to do or what they did had zero effect. I was so new in this area at that time that I had no advice to give her. She told me she was going to move…
Another woman became quite possessed with multiple demons, and her husband had no idea what to do about it. He called his ecclesiastical leaders, and they were also dumfounded. It wasn’t until her son showed up who had seen such things in the mission field in Brazil and supposed he knew how to deal with the problem that anything was done. He said that his mother was possessed, and they needed to cast the demons out. Unfortunately, even though he had the right idea, he didn’t know the total process. There were several things he needed to do before casting out. We will discuss those in this book, giving the reader practical knowledge to help take care of this problem or to help others.
It is your choice as the reader to accept or reject what is written in this book. If the Spirit doesn’t verify what is before you, feel free to throw it out. But be extremely careful about throwing out something that is of God. We should walk softly and seek the Spirit in these matters…
Doug checked in with the Savior about when and where he was to respond to different people who sought him out (after his first book was printed in 2001 telling of his daughter’s near-death experience). He learned quite a bit from visiting people about how the Savior responds to and loves each of us. Doug Mendenhall was willing to have others teach, not just himself, as shown in these events on pages 19-31 of Possibilities: Lessons From the Spirit (2002):
“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
It was just after Christmas and the roads were icy. I didn’t seem to notice, though, as I was deep in thought, wondering what in the world we were doing. I found the house and was amazed at how tiny and cute it was.
I kept telling myself to have an open mind, or even better yet, to have a “not knowing” mind, to put all in the Lord’s hand (as His hand is in all things). My mind drifted back to the e-mail I had received [about a woman asking for help with a problem in her life]…
I had sent her a return e-mail and set up an appointment to see her today. However, during the drive I felt as if Satan was working on me, telling me that I didn’t know a thing. I kept wondering what I was doing here, thinking I could help this woman? Was I way in over my head? Who am I to think I can do anything for her?
I agreed with most of my thoughts. I really was wondering what I was doing here. I knew I didn’t know a whole lot and probably was in way over my head. But, I did know this, it didn’t matter. I felt that Christ had told me to come. If I went in with a “not knowing” mind, (not knowing beforehand what I should do), kept my ego out of it and let Him do whatever He wanted, it would all work out for the best.
So with as much faith as I could muster, I knocked on the door hoping His peace would be with us. Denise was with me, along with Chad, a friend from Idaho…But we certainly were not counselors. How could we ever help this poor woman?
However as she finished her story, we opened our mouths hoping that the Spirit would speak through us. The Spirit told her that Christ stands at the door knocking, waiting to be let into our lives. However, He has said that it is up to us to open the door. We all seem to make opening that door so complicated, though it really is so simple that anyone can do it. It is opened with gratitude. We told them of a Methodist Chaplain that has talked of this principle for decades. If someone goes to see him with a problem, he will open the Bible and have them read all the scriptures which tell about gratitude and praising God for ALL things. Then he has them pray a simple prayer of thanksgiving, thanking God for the situation they are in, for the experience they are having. Then it seems that the miracles begin to happen…
I told Sue I knew all this seemed like a huge paradox, but I had experienced that it was a true principle nevertheless. In order to receive His peace, I explained that I felt Christ wants us to express gratitude for the experience of what we are going through. She still seemed doubtful. “How can I be grateful for the awful things done to me and my children?” she asked. Just then Chad spoke up and told his story.
“I’m eighteen years old. A friend of mine gave me Doug and Denise’s book a month or so ago. I had read about half of it. It offered concepts I hadn’t thought about before. It talked of receiving Christ’s peace, something I wanted, but could not understand how I could ever receive it.
“You see, I am a victim of Satanic Ritual Abuse or SRA for short. The perpetrator was my grandma and her new husband. I ‘woke’ up to it several years ago and have been healing from it ever since. I have been angry for many years with these relatives who had done these awful things to me. Countless times I have tried to completely forgive them of all the havoc and heartache they have caused me and my family. That anger and hate has been churning in my gut for the past years now and I have attempted many times to just leave them in Christ’s hands, but I knew I was missing an important element, that of forgiveness. I have never been able to forgive them. I can’t even call her grandma.
“Anyway, I had read about half of the book, My Peace I Give Unto You and was sitting in Church one Sunday. About twenty minutes into the meeting, the Spirit told me to leave and finish reading the book. I mentally argued with the feeling for a few minutes and finally left for my car.
“I sat out in the car and finished the book over the next few hours. As I read how Doug had lost his business and how his daughter was almost taken from him, I learned the great principle of gratitude for all things from Jesus. It gave me renewed power of hope and a key of knowledge, that of how to forgive those who had wronged me. I was told by the Spirit to pray and express gratitude for what my grandma had done to me. I had determined to do this, hoping that by expressing gratitude, all these years of anger, hatred, and tears would go away and I would receive His peace.
“So I went home and got on my knees. It was like chipping concrete out of my mouth, getting the words out. But I did it. As I continued to pray, my confidence and faith in the Lord grew stronger. I felt anger, hate, and bitterness leave my heart and stomach and I felt love and forgiveness replace them. I can’t express with words the feeling that came over me. Every cell of my body experienced the most profound peace. All the hatred and anger that I had harbored for these past years left! I was free of it. All from a prayer of gratitude.”
We offered several verses from the scriptures about gratitude:
“Thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things.” (D&C 59:7)
“And in nothing doth man offend God, or against none is his wrath kindled, save those who confess NOT his hand in all things. . .” (D&C 59:21)
We then told Sue that we would love to kneel down with her and her mother to offer a prayer of gratitude to our Heavenly Father for the experience of ALL the things she had gone through. We asked if she and her mom would kneel down with us right then? We knelt and they knelt with us.
I was in awe over the prayer that Sue offered. She was so specific about the experiences of abuse and thanked Heavenly Father for them, for each experience. She had been told that the more specific she was, the more powerful her prayer would be. It was indeed a very powerful prayer. She was weeping all the way through it, as was her mother. She also thanked Him for the experiences her children had gone through. She then ended it.
Afterwards Sue’s mother prayed. I could tell she was more doubting than Sue, but that was all right. She was at least doing it. What an exercise of faith!
After the prayers were completed we stood up. Sue looked at Denise and asked, “Is that Jesus that I feel standing next to me?” Denise confirmed that it was Him. I realized Sue had just opened the door He had been standing at. She stood there and cried, with joy and gratitude for every experience she had been through. She had received His peace.
We quickly left, giving them both hugs and asking that they keep in contact with us.
Nearly a week later, this e-mail arrived:
“Just a quick note to thank you and to let you know how I’m doing since I met with you. Thank you for being the instrument through which I received the gift of the Savior’s presence. After you left, I realized I had felt His peace before and heard His voice before, but I never knew that He was continually with me, or that I could have His peace with me always. The knowledge that He is with me has changed my life. Christ says that it is my job to teach my family. I was able to help Mom feel His Presence, and I have begun to teach my children about gratitude. I feel so good that I just had to share it with them, so they can have this experience for themselves.
“Thank you for bringing your friend. He said things to me that let me know God really does know me and hears my prayers. Abuse changes you. Therefore, there is a special connection between those that have been abused. Even though I don’t know a lot about him, I felt that bond with him…Thank you…”
The transformation from a frightened woman whose problems were about to “swallow” her up and “destroy” her to an incredibly “confident” person that now knows her Savior, feels His peace and is willing to do His will, still amazes me. All this and more came from simply kneeling down with a broken (open) heart and a contrite (teachable) spirit, expressing gratitude to her Father in Heaven for the experiences she had endured!
The Lord said in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”
I have experienced the lightness of His burden and the easiness of His yoke when I offered prayers of gratitude for experiences I have gone through. It works with both the little day-to-day experiences and the “horrible” ones as well. He truly has experienced all things, descended below all things. Perhaps, that is WHY He is able to succor us perfectly…
Is it possible that we got off course when we try to figure it out with our finite “human” mind or when we come to our own “hardened conclusions” about what God is doing to “refine” each of us? Do we transgress (misunderstand) when we try to reconcile in our mind the events that have transpired, forgetting that God has declared they “shall work together for (our) good”? I’ve found that when passing through “bad” experiences, many times we “think” that His hand could not possibly be in what we have endured. However, He has declared over and over again that His hand is in ALL things and that we must be grateful for ALL things. I’ve asked many of those with whom we’ve worked, how much is ALL?
I’ve experienced that as we begin to praise or give gratitude to Him, with pure intent, His Holy Spirit will fill our beings with a peace that passes understanding. To continually praise Him, I believe, means a steady decreasing of self (understanding our “nothingness” in God’s way) and an increase of Christ’s presence within us until we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. I believe this is the joy experienced and expressed by my friends and is available to everyone. But I’ve found that it can’t be experienced until we affirm His hand in our lives and give thanks for the experiences of life. Again through all of this, I’ve experienced that as Christ’s presence increases in us, we truly become “like Him.”
Doug Mendenhall voiced a blessing for his mother at her request, and explains what he learned from the experience in My Peace I Give Unto You (2001) on pages 41-44:
The phone rang.
“Hello,” I said and a familiar voice greeted me.
“I know you’re probably busy, what with trying to get the kids off to school and all, but do you have a minute?” she asked.
“Sure Mom, no problem, what’s going on?”
“Well, the doctor scheduled me for an angiogram tomorrow afternoon,” she started out, “and I was wondering if you would come over and give me a blessing sometime today? I think it would make me feel a lot better.”
“Of course . . . Mom, how long have you known about the angiogram?” I asked her.
“Oh . . . about three, maybe four weeks; I didn’t mention it before because it didn’t seem important,” she apologetically answered…
“Mom, I’ve got to go. How about if I come by tonight around, say, 7:00 to give you a blessing?”
“That would be fine, Doug. Good luck with Denise and have a good day son, love you,” Mom finished.
“Love you too, Mom.” I hung up the phone and headed for the kitchen…
“That was Mom.” I began explaining to Dianne. “She said she’s going in for an angiogram tomorrow. I know it has something to do with her heart but that’s about it.”
“Is something wrong with grandma?” Debi looked up from her half-finished breakfast.
“No dear, grandma’s fine, she’s just having a test, that’s all,” Dianne soothed Debi.
“Well, anyway, I’m going to call Mike. He’ll tell me what this is all about.” I gave Dianne a peck on the cheek and returned to the bedroom.
Mike is a good friend and a dentist. Granted, being a dentist isn’t the same as a medical doctor, but I figured Mike would know more about the procedure than I do. After a long conversation with him, I understood–it was a procedure used to diagnose heart problems; semi-invasive, painful and even dangerous.
Now I began to worry.
I went over to Mom’s at 7:00, as promised, to give her a blessing. She became calm as we hugged and started talking. When she was ready, I laid my hands on her head the way the apostles did anciently, and gave her a blessing.
“…I bless you that tomorrow’s procedure will not be painful and that you will recover from the discomfort you feel now. That your heart will be healed according to the mind and will of the Lord. He is very mindful of your trials and pains here and He loves you and is pleased with you. I bless you that you will rest easy this night knowing that tomorrow will bring you renewed health…”
As I removed my hands from her head, I marveled at what I could recall of the blessing. It felt like someone else had used my voice and I was an observer. I didn’t know what to think, so I said nothing about it to Mom. I knew from Mike that the procedure tomorrow would be painful, yet the words I could remember spoke the promise that it would be painless, that she would be healed.
Another hug and a few comforting words later, I headed home.
“I don’t know, Dianne . . . it was as if someone else was speaking through me tonight. They . . . I promised Mom there wouldn’t be any pain tomorrow.” I recounted everything to her as we lay side by side in bed.
“I would think you’d be happy knowing your mom will be alright,” Dianne offered.
“I guess so. I must doubt too much. My faith must not be what it should be . . .” I rolled over, disquieted.
“Good night dear. I love you.”
“I love you too. Don’t worry. Trust in the blessing and the Lord.”
Mom and I talked on the phone the day after the procedure. I had tried to reach her the night before, but couldn’t, and despite the blessing I’d given her and the confirmation that she would be just fine, I still doubted.
I needed to make sure she was okay.
Mom was in great spirits as she explained what happened. Apparently, as the physician maneuvered the camera toward her heart and after a few minutes of probing, he said, “I don’t know why you’re in here. You don’t need surgery, your heart is fine. There isn’t even a sign of a murmur.” And she felt no pain! As promised, the blessing had come—she was just fine.
At first I was a little stunned, but it quickly turned to gratitude as I considered how loving our Savior is, and how merciful His healing power. I also felt his gentle rebuke for not believing what He had told Mom in the blessing.
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.