Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion. - Ezra Taft Benson

Friday, February 2, 2018

Is Satan Real?

Is Satan real?  Yes.
He is also known by other names; the devil, the adversary, antichrist, Lucifer. He is the author of all sin, misery, corruption, and everything that is dark and evil.

We read about him all throughout scripture. His work is to make us all miserable like he is.
He doesn't have a body of flesh and blood like we do, and he does everything he can to get us to make wrong choices so that we can be under his power.

We need to know that he is real and working against us - so that we can make good choices that will lead us away from the darkness and into the Light and happiness and peace- with God and Christ.

"Agency" is one of the greatest gifts of God. We are here on this earth to learn to use it to choose good. In that way, our faith is growing and we are determining our eternal future.

Satan. The devil is the enemy of righteousness and of those who seek to do the will of God. He is literally a spirit son of God and was at one time an angel in authority in the presence of God (Isa. 14:12; 2 Ne. 2:17). However, he rebelled in the premortal life and persuaded a third part of the spirit children of the Father to rebel with him (D&C 29:36; Moses 4:1–4; Abr. 3:27–28). They were cast out of heaven, were denied the opportunity of obtaining mortal bodies and experiencing mortal life, and will be eternally damned. Since the time the devil was cast out of heaven, he has sought constantly to deceive all men and women and lead them away from the work of God in order to make all mankind as miserable as he is (Rev. 12:9; 2 Ne. 2:27; 9:8–9).

the enemy of all righteousness