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power over their own
By derek
5/7/2007 2:47:43 PM
Doctrine and Covenants 1:35 — For I am no respecter of persons, and will that all men shall know that the day speedily cometh; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand, when peace shall be taken from the earth, and the devil shall have power over his own dominion.

Doctrine and Covenants 1:36 — And also the Lord shall have power over his saints, and shall reign in their midst, and shall come down in judgment upon Idumea, or the world.

I read this section in D&C this weekend and these 2 verses really leapt out at me. I felt so strongly that verse 35 is happening right now. We learn in the temple that Satan is the god of this world. And he IS being given complete power over his dominion, this world. it's given to him by us, not by God. Peace is gone from the earth and there is so much wickedness. It saddens me greatly to think of the ways I helped give satan power over his dominion. But how grateful I am also for the power of the atonement and the blessing of repentance. The next verse, 36, is comforting, because, while Satan will have power over this world, the Lord has power over his saints and will reign in our midst, even in the midst of all this wickedness. I hope that we may all be called His and allow Him to rule over us so we can have peace in the midst of turmoil.

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"Freedom from your transgression will come through sincere faith, true repentance, willing obedience, and the giving of self. Why the giving of self? Because selfishness is at the root of your problem. Where selfishness and transgression flourish, the Spirit of the Lord can’t enter your life to bless you. To succeed, you must conquer your selfishness. When your beacon is focused on self, it does little more than blind your vision. When turned outward through acts of kindness and love, it will light your path to happiness and peace. "

— Richard G. Scott

General Conference May 1990