I will here say that two weeks before I left St. George, the spirits of the dead gathered around me, wanting to know why we did not redeem them. Said they, “You have had the use of the Endowment House for a number of years, and yet nothing has ever been done for us. We laid the foundation of the government you now enjoy, and we never apostatized from it, but we remained true to it and were faithful to God.”
These were the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and they waited on me for two days and two nights. I thought it very singular, that notwithstanding so much work had been done, and yet nothing had been done for them. The thought never entered my heart, from the fact, I suppose, that heretofore our minds were reaching after our more immediate friends and relatives.
I straightway went into the baptismal font and called upon Brother McAllister to baptize me for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and fifty other eminent men, making one hundred in all, including John Wesley, Columbus, and others. I then baptized him for every President of the United States, except three; and when their cause is just, somebody will do the work for them.
Some of you have read the history of the power of the devil in England, when the fallen angels that are upon the earth made war upon Brother Kimball, Brother Hyde, Brother Fielding and Brother Russell, who had all they could do to live in the midst of that kind of warfare. These evil spirits knocked down Brother Russell and Brother Hyde. They didn’t Brother Kimball; but that power fell upon him. His eyes were opened. He saw the spirits before him; he saw what kind of beings they were. They gnashed their teeth; they were mad; they wanted to destroy the lives of the brethren. These men held the Priesthood. Brother Kimball held the keys of the Priesthood, so far as England was concerned. These spirits had not, therefore, the power to destroy them.
Brother Kimball, Brother George A. Smith and myself had a similar experience in London, at a house where we were stopping. It seemed as if there were legions of spirits there. They sought our destruction; and on one occasion, after Brother Kimball had left, these powers of darkness fell upon us to destroy our lives, and both Brother Smith and myself would have been killed, apparently, had not three holy messengers come into the room and filled the room with light. They were dressed in temple clothing. They laid their hands upon our heads and we were delivered, and that power was broken, so far as we were concerned.
I don’t believe I’m familiar with that story. If you’re able to drum up the details, I’d like to hear it.
Don’t forget, there are “friendly” ghosts, too. :)]]>
Ghost equates bad, right? Am I right? If so, than Holy Ghost is ironic. At least from a mortal perspective.]]>
The only thing I could think of to do at the time was dedicate the house. I ran by our Ward Mission Leader’s to check if that was ok and how to do it then we went back and did the ordinance. After that they said they had no more problems with it. So, whatever was going on, faith in the power of the priesthood seemed to lend a hand:)
Personally, I’ve never really believed most stories I hear whether good spirits or bad, but I don’t discount the possibility and have wondered for a long time why devils are not cast out anymore like they were back in the day. Or are they but we never hear about them because we feel discouraged towards telling them nowadays? I dunno.
But don’t tell anyone about writing that book!! That’s MY idea I’ve had for 3 years+ and I’m going to do it hear soon enough. This blog is a great start!:)]]>
I live in the south near a Civil War battle field I can tell you that there is some serious spooky stuff going on here.
There are three kinds of spirits that visit/inhabit the earth. Angels that come to us with a purpose; spirits who are evil and are angry that we have bodies, the third kind are ghosts who made the wrong choice to not cross over to the other side. These ghost are usually harmless, but can be mischievous. Where did I hear this? On Oprah from a pair of paranormal psychologists. I think that there is a lot of validity to this viewpoint.
Also on Art Bell ( I am not a regular listener) a psychic said that it is dangerous to do seances, weegie boards etc… because the analogy he used was that you don’t drive around in a bad part of town with your car door wide open. Someone might jump in. They might be harmless, but more likely they will be trouble.]]>
In my mission there were apparently some missionaries who went swimming in Lake Atitlan (you know, the Waters of Mormon) and when one elder was jumping off the pier into the water his companion took his picture. Well, the one who jumped in never came back up. Drowned. The mission president had to come to the lake and command the evil spirit to release the missionary. Soon thereafter they found the elder’s body. And when the companion got his film back he looked at the photo (the one he took at the moment the elder jumped in the water) and guess what? There were hands coming up from the water grabbing his legs and pulling him under.
When did this event happen? I’ve read of a boat capsizing in that lake in 1990 with several missionaries aboard.]]>