Satan

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Satan

Satan is mentioned in the Book of Mormon twenty-six times. In the guise of Lucifer, he is mentioned once. “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! Art thou cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!”. Nephi outlined with precision the strategies used by Satan, or Lucifer.

For behold, at that day when the Book of Mormon comes forth] shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good.
And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in [Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.
And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.
Yea, they are grasped with death, and hell; and death, and hell, and the devil, and all that have been seized therewith must stand before the throne of God, and be judged according to their works, from whence they must go into the place prepared for them, even a lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment.
Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion!
Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!
Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!
Yea, wo be unto him that saith: We have received, and we need no more!.

Satan has devised a meticulous system of temptations to draw mankind from the pathway of righteous and onto the detours of wickedness, with their inevitable downward spiral into “captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself”. In King Benjamin’s farewell address to his people, he declined to enumerate all the ways in which man can commit sin, but nevertheless left a solemn warning. “But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch yourselves, and your thoughts, and your words, and your deeds, and observe the commandments of God, and continue in the faith of what ye have heard concerning the coming of our Lord, even unto the end of your lives, ye must perish. And now, O man, remember, and perish not”.

The name Lucifer as an alternative name for Satan is found one time in the Book of Mormon. “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! Art thou cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!”.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)
(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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