“Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies.” —President Spencer W. Kimball
The Dark Side. . Today is Halloween, and with that comes the ”spooky, haunted, evil, and devilish” components. . Halloween is a fun day—so let’s not take what I’m about to write out of context. This is just my attempt to make a ”Halloween” post. Celebrate the holiday and enjoy your time spent with friends and family. Light your bonfires, wear your costumes and have fun warding off the ghosts. . What I want to express is something that comes as a reminder to all of us, especially to our youth. There really is a dark side, and it’s not something we should entice. . Elder Packer said the following. . “A warning: there is a dark side to spiritual things. In a moment of curiosity or reckless bravado some teenagers have been tempted to toy with Satan worship. Don’t you ever do that! Don’t associate with those who do! You have no idea of the danger! Leave it alone! And there are other foolish games and activities that are on that dark side. Leave them alone!” . A few posts ago, I wrote about making the right decision and worrying about yourself and not what others think of you. Now, here is what Elder Packer encourages. . “It is the courage to run away from unworthy things when you will be mocked for doing so. That courage is laced with wisdom. We had to gain it from experience; you need it now. . You have an alarm system built into both body and spirit. In your body it is pain; in your spirit it is guilt—or spiritual pain. While neither pain nor guilt is pleasant, and an excess of either can be destructive, both are a protection, for they sound the alarm “Don’t do that again!” . We need to recognize these alarms. We sometimes make mistakes and as humans, we feel we are doomed and our mistakes are everlasting. Satan wants you to believe that. It’s not true. He wants you to be miserable, just like he is miserable. Just like his evil hosts are miserable. . Every stain will come out. Christ’s blood has secured that promise. He asks you to come unto Him and follow His teachings. . Have a happy Halloween! . Hear Him!