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Comment about a video clip

Posted by on 26 Jun 2021 | Tagged as: blog

Comment about a video clip
6/26/2021
Today I watched a video clip of an actress on a late night talk show.
It was from several years ago.
The actress said that genetic testing showed she was more Irish that she had been told by her family who said the family was mostly Scottish and Welsh, She said they were thus proven wrong.
She obviously doesn’t know much about the connections between Scotland and Ireland.
At one time the kingdom of Ireland was the west coast of Scotland and the northern tip of the island of Ireland. And the Welch don’t live millions of miles away either.
And genetic testing? How many gene pools was she tested against?
I’ve found from genealogical records that she is a 10th cousin of mine. I Didn’t need genetic testing to show that.
I did some online searching:
SIL Ethnologue lists six living Celtic languages, of which four have retained a substantial number of native speakers. These are the Goidelic languages (i.e. Irish and Scottish Gaelic, which are both descended from Middle Irish) and the Brittonic languages (i.e. Welsh and Breton, which are both descended from Common Brittonic); these are Insular Celtic languages-Wikipedia
There is a shared root between the native languages of Ireland (Irish) and the Scottish Highlands (Scots Gaelic). Both are part of the Goidelic family of languages, which come from the Celts who settled in both Ireland and Scotland.
Modern residents of Scotland and Ireland won’t share much DNA with these ancient ancestors. Instead, they can trace most of their genetic makeup to the Celtic tribes that expanded from Central Europe at least 2,500 years ago.Apr 20, 2021
https://whoareyoumadeof.com/blog/what-is-the-ireland-and-scotland-dna-ethnicity-on-ancestry/
What is the Ireland and Scotland DNA Ethnicity on Ancestry?
The Ireland and Scotland DNA region on Ancestry is located in the British Isles and covers all of Ireland, including Northern Ireland, and all of Scotland. DNA from this region is also commonly found in Wales and parts of England and France. (Celtic)
Scot, any member of an ancient Gaelic-speaking people of Ireland or Scotland in the early Middle Ages. … Originally (until the 10th century) “Scotia” denoted Ireland, and the inhabitants of Scotia were Scotti.
Scot | ancient people | Britannica https://www.britannica.com › topic › Scot
So the actress”s family wasn’t wrong at all. The actress just didn’t know enough.

 

Hillsdale College comes to St. George

Posted by on 14 May 2021 | Tagged as: blog

Hillsdale College comes to St. George
May 13, 2021, Hillsdale college of Michigan sent emissaries to St. George,Utah.
People from St. George, Ivins, Hurricane, Santa Clara, Cedar City attended a Hillsdale College Symposium at the beautiful Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club.
They learned about Hillsdale College and it’s mission to teach the principles and heritage of this great country, the United States of America, to give “an education designed to equip human beings for self government”.
Howard Kaloogian the national planned giving associate at Hillsdale college, (lawyer, former California State assemblyman, and adjunct professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law) taught how to bypass capital gains taxes, turn real estate into a lifetime income, and tax saving ways to distribute IRA and other assets into one’s estate by giving to the college.
Then after a luncheon provided under a canopy on the lawn, Dr. Khalil Habib, associate professor of politics, addressed those attending with what one man called, “The best speech I’ve heard in 50 years.”
As a naturalized citizen who came here from Lebanon, Habib understands what it is like to lose everything to oppressive government and war and why the American way is the best way for peace and happiness in the world.
John Cervini, Jr., Vice President for Institutional Advancement was also in attendance and spoke briefly. Along with a staff who were very kind and accommodating to the attendees.
Hillsdale College has an outreach program in online courses, K to 12 charter schools nationwide, and their free publication “IMPRIMIS” that reaches over 5,600,000 readers monthly and is ever growing in circulation. That little magazine talks about truth and current affairs and the proper role of government in the American tradition.

Hillsdale College is striving to teach everyone the truths about our constitutional government.

Contact Hillsdale College at: https://www.hillsdale.edu/about/contact-us/

 

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What I’ve learned in the building and repair business, I learned from my father and mother

Posted by on 07 May 2021 | Tagged as: blog

What I’ve learned in the building and repair business, I learned from my father and mother.)
I grew up in a small town during the 1950s and 1960s.
My father wore many hats. He was a fruit farmer and ran other farming operations to provide for his family. But it didn’t stop there. Like all farmers, he had to be a jack of all trades.
He was the town employee doing plumbing, pruning, spraying, animal control and all the other things involved in running the town.
Of course we children helped out with all of it. We did farm work, picking fruit, drying and bottling fruit, pruning, milking the cows(that was my job), butchering, chopping firewood, mowing hay, hauling hay, irrigating, plowing, cultivating, rebuilding wood boxes and crates for use and sale, tending to the rabbit, the chickens, helping with the laundry. (My mother ran a commercial laundry service for the two large trucking companies what started in our town and did work rags for the garages. We helped with that too.) I started driving a tractor at a very young age. I didn’t go to kindergarten schooling but helped my Dad which made me feel awfully important.
We also helped with the town work. Helped make cement meter boxes, rebuild water meters, read water meters, cleaned the water springs, walked the pipelines looking for leaks, repairing broken lines, lighting the smug pots along the main road(Highway 91 was the major roadway between Utah and California) when a new main water line was installed, pruning and spraying roadside shrubs, sold dog tags, even helped with the distasteful task of putting some dogs down.
We helped Dad and Mom, do electrical work, plumbing, carpentry at home too.
Of course, we attended school from the first of September to the end of May each year.
Dad also worked other jobs. For the highway department and trucking companies. He had a janitorial service servicing two trucking companies and one garage. He had a landscaped business mowing lawns, re-seeding lawns, watering and the like. We did that for two family doctors, our dentist and the dry cleaners for trade labor for services and many separate places for pay. We boys got to do those jobs too.
One was for a man. Eric Snow, who owned a few buildings near his house. Two rental houses and the dry cleaners that one of his sons owned and operated, and a big corner building that housed Eric’s furniture store, a barbershop. and apartments up three stories from the basement to the top. Part of the store had a metal roof. I helped my Dad repair it and my older brother and I painted apartments for Eric. One day he told the both of us that we should go into maintenance for our future work as he was in that field and thought we should be too.
One place was the state Fish and Game checking station. We’d push the gas lawn mower down to the gas staion next to the checking station, buy a tank of gas, mow the lawn, get more gas, push the mower home and mow at the house.
Dad encouraged us to get our own jobs. One year he got a job for us with a farming company that raised and sold onions nationwide.
I acquired two mowing jobs in my town. Both of those people had their own mower, so I didn’t need to use my dad’s mower. One was across the street from our house and the other 2 blocks to the west, it was on a hillside. Weekly I’d mow those lawns in the summers. With the money from those jobs and the onion job, I’d buy my school clothes each fall. The work with dad was for the family.
Most of the family jobs were in the big town to the east of us. That’s where we went to school from 7th grade on.
Later while still doing this kind of work, my father was doing yard work for a couple who owned the local radio station in the big town east of us.
I was helping. At around 13-14 years of age, my voice had changed from an angelic boy soprano to a bass. The lady thought my voice good and hired me then and there for an announcer at the radio station. Of course I had to train with her for two years after school and take a test for a radio telephone operator’s license when 16. I did and worked there for three years after school and summers, when not busy at other work. My Dad had gotten me the job.
In school I was in wood and metal shop and Agricultural sciences (even butchering was studied). When in my twenties, the state of Utah sent a survey to former students to see if any of the industrial-vocational courses in school had helped me acquire employment as an adult.
I responded that all the jobs I had had (fork lift operator, Janitor, electrician, working for a power company (as meter reader, line worker, power plant operator, inspector), warehouse man, concrete worker, carpenter, roofer, construction maintenance, radio announcer, acting, singing, office work, sales and more, had been because of the teachings received from my father and my mother. Not from the schooling.
But both of my parents insisted that we go to school, even college. They’d not had much formal schooling and felt we needed all we could get in order to have a successful working life to provide well for our families.
So I, my two brothers and my sister all went to college.
One of my father’s orchard’s was specifically planted as our “college fund orchard.”
I did study German in school which I use today.
One brother studied art and is a professional artist.
Our father remembered his adopted mother speaking German in the home but he never learned to. He was an artist though not professional like his older brother.
Our mother loved to read, so we learned to love reading too.
My parents taught me to work and I still do.
What my parents taught me has gotten me employment throughout my life.

 

Conspiracy Theories

Posted by on 26 Apr 2021 | Tagged as: blog

Conspiracy Theories
When I was 23 years old and newly married, my wife and I managed the American Opinion Bookstore in Provo, Utah. One of the books we carried was  ”None Dare Call It Conspiracy” by Gary Allen
cover none dare call it conspiracy
“This book is a primer for anyone who wishes to understand the basic workings of the global network of Insiders that is determined to wield power over all of mankind in the coming New World Order. The Special Edition is updated with illustrations and charts for 2013. Introduction by U.S. Congressman John G. Schmitz: The story you are about to read is true. The names have not been changed to protect the guilty. This book may have the effect of changing your life. After reading this book, you will never look at national and world events in the same way again.”
“By sheer volume, the “experts” will try to ridicule you out of investigating for yourself as to whether or not the information in this book is true. They will ignore the facts, saying that the author is about to conjecture. They will find a typographical error or argue some point that is open to debate. If necessary they will lie in order to protect themselves by smearing this book. I believe those who pooh-pooh the information herein because psychologically many people would prefer to believe we are fine, because we all like to ignore bad news. We do so at our own peril.”
You can buy a copy from Amazon @ https://www.amazon.com/None-Dare-Call-Conspiracy-Allen/dp/1939438004
Why did he say that?
Are there conspiracies that intend to do evil for power and gain in the world ?
What does the word conspiracy mean?
Recently a woman emailed me that she didn’t read “conspiracy theories”.
Implying that something that she refers to as a “conspiracy theory” isn’t true.
Let’s examine the word and what it means.
Conspiracy: : the act of conspiring together
What does conspiring mean: as a transitive verb it means to PLOT, to CONTRIVE;
as an intransitive verb it means 1a: to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or 2: an act which becomes unlawful as a result of the secret agreement,
examples: being accused of conspiring to overthrow the government or to conspired to monopolize and restrict trade
b: SCHEME
2: to act in harmony toward a common end
Examples: Circumstances conspired to defeat his efforts.
… the sun and the wind conspired to make splinters out of solid wood.
— B. J. Oliphant
To scheme to obtain wealth at all costs.
This woman believes that there are no secret agreements, evil or other wise, that exist in the world today.
Let us look at what the Book of Mormon has to say about secret agreements.
Wikipedia states that secret combinations as outlined in the Book of Mormon:
A term that describes a malignant secret society of “people bound together by oaths to carry out the evil purposes of the group.” Secret combinations were first discussed in the Book of Mormon, which was published in 1830 by Joseph Smith. The most notable example of a secret combination is the Gadianton robbers, a conspiracy throughout much of the narrative of the Book of Mormon. According to the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible, Cain also entered a secret combination with Satan and became Master Mahan.
The Book of Mormon denounces secret combinations as “most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God.” They are also considered to be one of the signs that a people is ripe for the Lord’s vengeance, and according to the Book of Mormon, in the last days, they will be prevalent on the earth.
Moroni also warns that the Gentiles of the latter day should repent of their sins and not allow that “murderous combinations get above you, which are built up to get power and gain.” Moroni goes on to warn that anyone who builds up a secret combination “seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies.”
What are secret societies?
Definition of secret society: any of various oath-bound societies often devoted to brotherhood, moral discipline, and mutual assistance
Wikipedia continues:
Moroni tells an example of a secret combination in the story of a son, Jared, who rebels against his father Omer, the Jaredite king of the land. After trying once and not succeeding in the overthrow of his father, Jared’s daughter tells him of the power of conspiracy and refers to ancient writings of “secret plans to obtain kingdoms and great glory.” She devises a plan to establish her father as ruler of the land, telling him that she can dance for Akish, a man of authority, and entice him. If Akish is pleased with her and desires to wed her, as a condition he must agree to deliver the head of Jared’s father, King Omer. To fulfill Jared’s wish, Akish forms a circle of men who swear upon their lives that they will never divulge the secret, their plot, or the identities of their brethren. To join the secret group, one has to perform a series of oaths administered by Akish. Moroni explains that the promises or covenants are “kept up by the power of the devil” through the ages.
After finishing the account, Moroni tells of the effect the secret combination had upon the nation: “They have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.”
Another group said to be practicing secret combinations in the Book of Mormon are the Gadianton robbers.
What about today? Were these just stories of the past?
Modern LDS prophets, President and councilors, the 12 Apostles and the Patriarch are sustained generally twice yearly, and locally throughout the world in stake and ward conferences as “Prophets, Seers, and Revelators”.
President David O. McKay spoke of a Socialist-Communist Conspiracy.
“… the fight against the Godless socialist-communist conspiracy …”
Why did he use that awful word conspiracy?
https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V37N02_49.pdf
Read more from this: https://www.latterdayconservative.com/david-o-mckay/lds-church-statement-on-communism/
Have other Prophets, Seers, and Revelators said anything about it?
Wikipedia continues:
During the Cold War, Ezra Taft Benson, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), repeatedly described communism as a secret combination. As church president, Benson stated that “a secret combination that seeks to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries is increasing its evil influence and control over America and the entire world.”
Another LDS Church leader, Bruce R. McConkie of the Council of the Seventy, claimed, “Reliable modern reports describe their existence among gangsters, as part of the governments of communist countries, in some labor organizations, and even in some religious groups.”
LDS Church apostle M. Russell Ballard described secret combinations as including “gangs, drug cartels, and organized crime families… They have secret signs and code words. They participate in secret rites and initiation ceremonies. Among their purposes are to ‘murder, and plunder, and steal, and commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness, contrary to the laws of their country and also the laws of their God.’”
LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley compared modern terrorists to the “Gadianton robbers, a vicious, oath-bound, and secret organization bent on evil and destruction.”
Okay then, what has the current President said:
“In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost.
In like manner, what will your seeking open for you? What wisdom do you lack? What do you feel an urgent need to know or understand? Follow the example of the Prophet Joseph. Find a quiet place where you can regularly go. Humble yourself before God. Pour out your heart to your Heavenly Father. Turn to Him for answers and for comfort.
Pray in the name of Jesus Christ about your concerns, your fears, your weaknesses—yes, the very longings of your heart. And then listen! Write the thoughts that come to your mind. Record your feelings and follow through with actions that you are prompted to take. As you repeat this process day after day, month after month, year after year, you will “grow into the principle of revelation.”

So someone speaks of a conspiracy and you want to know whether it is true or fake.
Just follow President Nelson’s advise. Seek personal revelation on the matter.
“…by the power of the Holy ghost, ye may know the truth of all things.”-Moroni 10:5
And speaking to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints,
Do you believe the Book of Mormon to be true?
Do you believe that those men are Prophets, Seers, and Revelators of God?
Do you accept the book of the Doctrine and Covenants as scripture from God?

Doctrine and Covenants 89:
4 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation.
Doctrine and Covenants 123:
13 Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven—
14 These should then be attended to with great earnestness.
Secret combinations, conspiracies, exist and their doings exist.
We should not dismiss them as fake by the term “conspiracy theories”.
Read the book and articles and then pray when someone presents something you think to be a “conspiracy theory”. Then you’ll know whether it’s fake or not.

Silent Spring and Summer 2019

Posted by on 08 Mar 2021 | Tagged as: blog

I spent 3 weeks in Austria in July and August 2019.

I stayed at a friend’s house that was on the edge of a small town by a stream with mountains beyond the neighboring fields.

The man’s daughter and her husband who took care of him brought this to my attention.

The lady said that in past years there were butterflies of all kinds and legions of house flies. But this year none.

There were no butterflies, houseflies, no birds singing.

She felt it was from all the chemicals being sprayed all over.

Her man felt it had a lot to do with the still present effects of the Chernobyl disaster.

I spent a lot of time out side in the garden by the stream.

I did see a few small flies, not houseflies, and a couple of white butterflies but hardly any.

And I saw a bird on 2 occasions by the stream and sparrows and pigeons in the  towns at the cafes to get table crumbs.

But the only bird sounds I heard were from crows that flew around and roosted on top of an apartment  house on the far side of the wood lined stream.

I thought of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring.

It seems as though the pesticides kill the beneficial insects and don’t ever eradicate the harmful bugs.

I found this on an internet search:

Last year, 40% of honey-bee colonies in the US died. … But the honey bee is just one of many insects in decline — 40% of the world’s insect species are in decline, according to a February 2019 study.
.Jun 21, 2019

Bees and insects dying at record rates are sign of 6th mass …

www.businessinsider.com › Science › News

So what can we do?
Poison is poison and kills the good along with the bad.
 There are natural pest and weed controls that won’t harm beneficial insects or you or I.
Let’s start using those practices.

How Do I Get Rich?

Posted by on 28 Jan 2021 | Tagged as: blog

Have you seen the ads by the rich guru who says: “All you have to do to become rich is buy my program or product”?

How Do I get rich?

Thank you for stopping by to read what I have to say.

I see and hear those things every day.

I been blessed with many things but not so much with money.

How do I get money?

I’ve tried that work really hard thing.

I’ve tried that saving thing.

Have you?

I still have very little cash but lots of work opportunities, even more than I could possibly even do with the time and energy that I have.

How about you?

Now did Abraham of old and King Solomon and many others through out all of human history became very wealthy.

How did they do it?

Did they buy some guru’s program, product, book, course, system?

I don’t think so.

Was it from paying tithing?

From taxing the poor, from gifts, from the chicken that laid golden eggs?

golden egg

What was their source of wealth?

I believe that there are many ways to amass the wealth of the world.

And I believe one can without buying the guru”s stuff.

What do you believe?

 

 

 

The Canaries Are Still Dying: Better Than Silver, Better Than Gold…

Posted by on 29 Dec 2020 | Tagged as: blog

12/29/2020
I once read the following in a book:
Better than silver, better than gold, better than wealth a thousand fold, is a
healthful body, a mind at ease, and simple pleasures that always please.
I had an online association with a man on an online karaoke site who lived in
Australia. He listened and commented about my song recordings and I listened
and commented about his.
One recording of mine was “If I Were A Rich Man”.
In part, his comment about it was: “Funny I Am A Rich Man”.
He loved to sing and could do things to promote his singing that I could only dream of.
But while still in his mid 50s, he wasn’t healthy and eventually died sooner than
most from it.
His wealth couldn’t restore his lost health.
Money alone can never restore one’s health.
Still many in the world spend their youth and health to acquire wealth and then sadly learn that that money won’t restore their youth or health.
When I was young and snow had freshly fallen, my mother would get some of the clean fresh snow and pour milk over it and add sweetening or cinnamon to it to make us a tasty snow treat.
Later, because of open air nuclear testing in Nevada to the west of us, it wasn’t safe to use the snow and she didn’t do it any longer.
Also when I was a boy and went down to the river and upstream to explore, I and those with me would not take any water with us. No need to because the stream had plenty of water and we had learned that after the water ran a few miles in the sunshine over little rapids that it would be purified.
One can’t do that now because of the man made chemicals from upstream that enter the water. Running over rapids in the sun won’t take those chemicals out.
Life is very different these days.
I raise my crops without application of pesticides or herbicides but can’t call my produce organic because I use irrigation water that comes from the river and there are many upstream users of those harmful chemicals and those chemicals leach into the river water.
And making snow cones from fresh snow is just as deadly, because of all the jet fuel, and chemical dumping in the skies that fall to earth and contaminate the snow, water and soil.
I can farm without applying chemicals but the winds, rain, snow, river water are all full of many harmful chemicals that don’t go away quickly or easily.
Is there any way to mitigate these harmful things?
Maybe not but there are many things we can do to eliminate harmful substances from our lives so that we can reduce the harmful effects to ourselves and our loved ones.
This book explores some of the harmful things and some ways to decrease harmful exposure.

 The Canaries Are Dying  https://payhip.com/b/uq4J

The Canaries Are Dying Update I  https://payhip.com/b/krMs

 

Do you need DNA tests to learn of your heritage? No!

Posted by on 25 Dec 2020 | Tagged as: blog

Do you need DNA  tests to learn of your heritage? No!

There has been much said of late by DNA testing companies that people need them to learn their heritage, where they came from.

Don’t buy it.

You can learn much on the free Family search sites and much free information all over the internet and in written records worldwide.

Do you have some time?

Check out this site:

https://www.familysearch.org/register/custom/1?state=https:%2F%2Fwww.familysearch.org%2Fcampaign%2Fmayflower%3Fancestor_pid_1%3DLH2V-RD6&et_cid=1817219&et_rid=77748728&linkid=CTA&cid=em-brc-10035

It’s free to sign up and use.

Genealogists world wide have amassed great volumes of records of our ancestors.

These records on many sites can take us back to Adam and Eve.

The DNA pushers say we originated much earlier with the animals.  They are wrong.

Get your line into royalty, Hebrew records, Chinese records and you can get family lines back many thousands of years and in some instances back to Adam and Eve.

Do you need DNA tests?

No!

They are fun and interesting but not necessary, so save your money and search the records.

Learn about your ancestors free by spending a little time.

Here are some of some of my ancestors that I found:

William Brewster 11th Great Grandfather on the 1st  Mayflower voyage to North America

Wyandanch (Wise Speaker) of the Montauk Tribe 11th Great Grandfather

some English Kings:

Henry VIII 13th Great Grandfather

Edward IV King England 14th Great Grandfather

James IV 14th Great Grandfather

Ralph Grammaticus (The Latinist) of Featherstone Co., Yorkshire. He is recorded in the Domesday Book 1086.

Esau, Judah, Joseph Judah’s brother and many more from records.

I didn’t need DNA tests to find this out.

 

Just as the sun rose

Posted by on 17 Nov 2020 | Tagged as: blog

Just as the sun rose, we were standing on a path in Goshen, Utah at the BYU lower campus movie studios.

The actor who played the part of Paul was kneeling in front of a line of other actors.

I was the first in the line after him a distance from him.

Photos were taken to become a mural and the Missionary Training Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of

Latterday Saints.

I have the white beard.

A scripture goes with the photo:

“Thou shalt not destroy the agency of man”

Posted by on 16 Oct 2020 | Tagged as: blog

I woke up this morning thinking that I want to be free. Why should I be?
After reading from several sources, this is what I think about it:
“Thou shalt not destroy the agency of man”
What am I talking about?
Let’s start with some back ground information.
Abraham 3:
2 Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that were
organized before the world was; and among all these there were many of the
noble and great ones;
23 And God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood in the midst of
them, and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that
were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said unto me: Abraham,
thou art one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast born.
24 And there stood one among them that was like unto God, and he said unto
those who were with him: We will go down, for there is space there, and we will
take of these materials, and we will make an earth whereon these may dwell;
25 And we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever
the Lord their God shall command them;
26 And they who keep their first bestate shall be added upon; and they who
keep not their first estate shall not have glory in the same kingdom with those
who keep their first estate; and they who keep their second estate shall have
glory added upon their heads for ever and ever.
27 And the Lord said: Whom shall I send? And one answered like unto the
Son of Man: Here am I, send me. And another answered and said:
Here am I, send me. And the Lord said: I will send the first.
28 And the second was angry, and kept not his first estate; and, at that day,
many followed after him.
Because our Heavenly Father chose Jesus Christ to be our Savior,
Satan became angry and rebelled. There was war in heaven.
Satan and his followers fought against Jesus Christ and His followers.
The Savior’s followers “overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb,
and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11).
In this great rebellion, Satan and all the spirits who followed him were
sent away from the presence of God and cast down from heaven.
A third part of the hosts of heaven were punished for following Satan
(see Doctrine and Covenants 29:36). They were denied the right to
receive mortal bodies.
35 Behold, I gave unto him that he should be an agent unto himself;
and I gave unto him commandment, but no temporal commandment gave I
unto him, for my commandments are spiritual; they are not natural nor
temporal, neither carnal nor sensual.
36 And it came to pass that Adam, being tempted of the devil—for, behold,
the devil was before Adam, for he rebelled against me, saying,
Give me thine honor, which is my power; and also a third part of the hosts
of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency;
37 And they were thrust down, and thus came the devil and his angels;
38 And, behold, there is a place prepared for them from the beginning,
which place is hell.
39 And it must needs be that the devil should tempt the children of men,
or they could not be agents unto themselves; for if they never should have
bitter they could not know the sweet—
War in Heaven
This term arises out of Rev. 12:7 and refers to the conflict that took place in
the pre-mortal existence among the spirit children of God.
The war was primarily over how and in what manner the plan of salvation would
be administered to the forthcoming human family upon the earth.
The issues involved such things as agency, how to gain salvation, and who
should be the Redeemer. The war broke out because one-third of the spirits
refused to accept the appointment of Jesus Christ as the Savior.
Such a refusal was a rebellion against the Father’s plan of redemption.
It was evident that if given agency, some persons would fall short of complete
salvation; Lucifer and his followers wanted salvation to come automatically
to all who passed through mortality, without regard to individual preference,
agency, or voluntary dedication (see Isa. 14:12–20; Luke 10:18; Rev. 12:4–13;
D&C 29:36–38; Moses 4:1–4). The spirits who thus rebelled and persisted were
thrust out of heaven and cast down to the earth without mortal bodies, “and thus
came the devil and his angels” (D&C 29:37; see also Rev. 12:9; Abr. 3:24–28).
The warfare is continued in mortality in the conflict between right and
wrong, between the gospel and false principles, etc. The same contestants
and the same issues are doing battle, and the same salvation is at stake.
Although one-third of the spirits became devils, the remaining two-thirds were
not all equally valiant, there being every degree of devotion to Christ and
the Father among them. The most diligent were chosen to be rulers in the
kingdom
(Abr. 3:22–23). The nature of the conflict, however, is such that there could be
no neutrals, then or now (Matt. 12:30; 1 Ne. 14:10; Alma 5:38–40).
What Is Agency?
Agency is the ability and privilege God gives us to choose and to act for
ourselves.
Agency is essential in the plan of salvation. Without agency, we would
not be able to learn or progress or follow the Savior. With it, we are
“free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of
all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and
power of the devil” (2 Nephi 2:27).
In our pre-mortal life we had moral agency. One purpose of earth life is to show
what choices we will make (see 2 Nephi 2:15–16).
If we were forced to choose the right, we would not be able to show what
we would choose for ourselves. Also, we are happier doing things when
we have made our own choices.
Agency was one of the principal issues to arise in the premortal Council
in Heaven.
It was one of the main causes of the conflict between the followers of
Christ and the followers of Satan.
The Lord has said that all people are responsible for their own motives,
attitudes, desires, and actions. Even though we are free to choose our
course of action, we are not free to choose the consequences of our
actions.
The consequences, whether good or bad, follow as a natural result of
any choice we make (see Galatians 6:7; Revelation 22:12).
Satan could not have somehow redeemed all mankind
by taking away our agency or forcing us to choose the right.
Genesis 4
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in
the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9 And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?
And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
10 And he said, What hast thou done?
the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
President Joseph Fielding Smith taught:
: “In the former [pre-mortal] life we were spirits. In order that we should
advance and eventually gain the goal of perfection, it was made known
that we would receive tabernacles of flesh and bones and have to pass
through mortality where we would be tried and proved to see if we,
by trial, would prepare ourselves for exaltation.”
He further stated that when our Heavenly Father presented His plan to
His children in a council in heaven, “the thought of passing through
mortality and partaking of all the vicissitudes [hardships] of earth life in
which they would gain experiences through suffering, pain, sorrow,
temptation and affliction, as well as the pleasures of life in this mundane
existence, and then, if faithful, passing on through the resurrection to
eternal life in the kingdom of God, to be like him, filled them with the
spirit of rejoicing, and they ‘shouted for joy’ [Job 38:1–7]”
(Doctrines of Salvation, 1:57–58).
In the pre-mortal existence, Satan was called “Lucifer,” which means
“the Shining One” or “Lightbringer.” He was a “son of the morning”
(see Isaiah 14:12; D&C 76:25–27) and had potential to do much good.
But Lucifer sought to obtain the throne, honor, power, and glory of
Heavenly Father (see D&C 29:36; 76:28; Moses 4:1). To do so,
he proposed to “redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost”
(Moses 4:1). However, his proposal was based on compulsion and
would therefore eliminate the agency of Heavenly Father’s children
and the need for a Savior to suffer and redeem them.
Moses 4:3. The Agency of Man
Elder Dallin H. Oaks, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,
said:
“Satan’s method of assuring ‘that one soul shall not be lost’
(Moses 4:1)
would be to ‘destroy the agency of man’ (Moses 4:3).
Under his plan, Satan would have been our master, and he would have
‘[led us] captive at his will’ (Moses 4:4). Without the power of choice,
we would have been mere robots or puppets in his hands”
(“Free Agency and Freedom,” in The Book of Mormon: Second Nephi,
The Doctrinal Structure, ed. Monte S. Nyman and Charles D. Tate Jr.
[1989], 4).
Moses 4:4. Satan’s Desires
President Joseph F. Smith taught;
“Let it not be forgotten that the evil one has great power in the earth,
and that by every possible means he seeks to darken the minds of men
and then offers them falsehood and deception in the guise of truth.
Satan is a skillful imitator, and as genuine gospel truth is given the world
in ever-increasing abundance, so he spreads the counterfeit coin of
false doctrine. Beware of his spurious currency, it will purchase for you
nothing but disappointment, misery and spiritual death”
(“Witchcraft,” Juvenile Instructor, 15 Sept. 1902, 562).
Moses 4:10), the Lord told Adam, “Thou shalt surely die” (v. 25).
Adam and Eve experienced a spiritual death when they were driven from
the Garden of Eden and from the presence of the Lord. T
hey also became mortal and thus subject to physical death.
Moses 5:16–54
Cain Loved Satan More Than God
Moses 5:16–17. Cain and Abel
Elder Joseph Fielding Smith, then a member of the Quorum of the
Twelve Apostles, taught:
“Cain had the great honor of being Adam’s son, and he, too, was privileged
with the same blessings as his father. What a mighty man he could have been!
How his name might have stood out with excellent luster as that of one of the
valiant sons of God! How he might have been honored to the
latest generation! But he would have none of it!
“Cain’s great sin was not committed in ignorance. We have every reason to
believe that he had the privilege of standing in the presence of messengers from
heaven. In fact the scriptures infer that he was blessed by communication with
the Father and was instructed by messengers from his presence.
No doubt he held the Priesthood; otherwise his sin could not make of him
Perdition. He sinned against the light. And this he did, so we are told,
because he loved Satan more than he loved God.
“From the Bible one might infer that Cain was the first born child of Adam,
but the Bible gives only a meager history.
In the Book of Moses we obtain a more extended view and a better insight
into conditions in that early day. Adam and Eve were the parents of
numerous children, sons and daughters, even before Cain and Abel were
born, as we gain the information from that story”
(The Way to Perfection, 97–98).
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that Abel “magnified the Priesthood
which was conferred upon him, and died a righteous man, and therefore has
become an angel of God by receiving his body from the dead, holding still the
keys of his dispensation” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 169).
Moses 5:23–26. Cain Exercised His Agency and Chose to Rebel against God.
President Joseph F. Smith taught: “God has given to all men an agency and
has granted to us the privilege to serve him or serve him not, to do that which is
right or that which is wrong, and this privilege is given to all men irrespective of
creed, color or condition. The wealthy have this agency, the poor have this
agency, and no man is deprived by any power of God from exercising it in the
fullest and in the freest manner. This agency has been given to all.
This is a blessing that God has bestowed upon the world of mankind, upon all
his children alike. But he will hold us strictly to an account for the use that we make
of this agency, and as it was said of Cain, so it will be said of us;
‘If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well,
sin lieth at the door’ (Gen. 4:7). There are, however, certain blessings which
God bestows upon the children of men only upon the condition of the rightful
exercise of this agency” (Gospel Doctrine, 5th ed. [1939], 49).
Moses 5:23–30. Will Cain Rule over Satan?
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that “all beings who have bodies have power
over those who have not” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 181).
Elder Bruce R. McConkie said: “As Adam represented the Lord on earth,
so Cain acted for and on behalf of Lucifer. Indeed, this first murderer of all
murderers is himself Perdition—he was so designated in preexistence—
and he will rule over Satan himself when the devil and his angels are cast out
everlastingly” (A New Witness For the Articles of Faith, 658).
Moses 5:24–25. Cain Would Be Called “Perdition”
Perdition means “a perishing destruction” or “lost.”
Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote: “Two persons, Cain and Satan, have
received the awesome(fearful) name-title Perdition. The name signifies
that they have no hope whatever of any degree of salvation, that they have
wholly given themselves up to iniquity, and that any feeling of righteousness
whatever has been destroyed in their breasts”
(Mormon Doctrine, 566; see also D&C 76:30–38, 43–49).
Moses 5:29–31. Cain and Satan Covenanted with Each Other
Cain was the first man on earth to enter into a covenant with Satan and to
use covenants to prevent others from disclosing sinful acts. However,
he was not the last. In the scriptures this kind of covenant relationship is
called a secret combination. For more on the history of secret combinations,
see Helaman 6:21–30; Ether 8:13–25.
Moses 5:32. Cain Slew Abel
In 1885 the First Presidency made the following statement, speaking
about the righteous who are afflicted by the wicked: “For a wise purpose in
[God’s] providence He permits the wicked, in the exercise of their agency,
from time to time to afflict His followers. Since the days of our father Adam
this has always been the case, and it will continue to be, so long as Satan
has any power over the hearts of the children of men”
(in James R. Clark, comp., Messages of the First Presidency of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6 vols. [1965–75],
3:5; see also Alma 14:8–11).
Moses 5:33. “I Am Free”
Cain’s rejoicing is both ironic and tragic, manifesting how complete his
rebellion against God had become. Did he think he was free from future
work? (see Moses 4:23–31). Did he consider himself free from the
righteous example of Abel? (see 1 John 3:12). Or did he feel he was
free because he was rich? The scriptures make it clear that instead
of true freedom, Cain was in total bondage and damnation
(see 2 Nephi 2:27).
Moses 5:34. “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”
Elder Dallin H. Oaks said:
“Are we our brothers’ keepers? In other words, are we responsible to look
after the well-being of our neighbors as we seek to earn our daily bread?
The Savior’s Golden Rule says we are. Satan says we are not.
“Tempted of Satan, some have followed the example of Cain.
They covet property and then sin to obtain it.
The sin may be murder, robbery, or theft. It may be fraud or deception.
It may even be some clever but legal manipulation of facts or influence
to take unfair advantage of another.
Always the excuse is the same: ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’”
(in Conference Report, Oct. 1986, 25; or Ensign, Nov. 1986, 20).
Did Cain make that covenant with Satan based just on this life?
No.
Cain was a liar from the beginning from the council in heaven,
just like his ideal Satan, never intending to follow Christ only to the
end of receiving a body, with which he could do more evil, that of
controlling others for power and glory.
If he was a liar from the beginning like Satan, how many others
were too?
What was Satan’s plan?
To take away the agency of man.
Who is doing that today under the guise of “our salvation”
from illness, pain, and suffering?
“I’m just mandating this for your well being, your welfare.
You’ll thank me when you get through life with no illnesses,
pain, or suffering.”
“I’ll make you safe.”
Does this sound familiar?
“It may even be some clever but legal manipulation of facts or
influence(governor’s mandate, mayor’s mandate, executive order)
to take unfair advantage of another.”
Who’s acting for Christ and who is acting for Satan?
“Thou shalt not destroy the agency of man” should be our motto.
This links to an article on the subject of  Satan referred to in the above.

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A Liar from the Beginning | Religious Studies Center
Casey W. Olson (olsoncw@ldschurch.org) was an instructional designer for Seminaries and Institutes when this was written.

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