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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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"If, through our unrighteous choices, we have lost our footing on that path, we must remember the agency we were given, agency we may choose to exercise again. I speak especially to those overcome by the thick darkness of addiction. If you have fallen into destructive, addictive behaviors, you may feel that you are spiritually in a black hole. As with the real black holes in space, it may seem all but impossible for light to penetrate to where you are. How do you escape? I testify the only way is through the very agency you exercised so valiantly in your premortal life, the agency that the adversary cannot take away without your yielding it to him. "

— Robert D. Hales

General Conference, April 2006