Greetings and Salutations to All my Kith and Kin and All the Ships in Outer Space:
I call my web site, "OUR ETERNAL STRUGGLE".
It is my PERSONAL journal, a collection of my own thoughts and observations about myriad subjects.
I don't stick to just any one subject or timetable, but write whenever I feel like it, and comment on whatever moves me at the moment.
Since it is my personal journal, any extremist, unpopular, or controversial opinions expressed by me do NOT reflect those of my Scottish clan, the Armed Forces Retirement Home where I currently reside, or The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints to which I belong.
Being that it is my personal web site, it also gives me an opportunity to exhibit homemade amateur video recordings of ME (!) performing with my guitar, singing original songs I've composed, or singing songs that other folks have composed, which I especially liked.
"OUR ETERNAL STRUGGLE" takes its name from the war in Heaven that all of us fought in before we came to this Earth as mortals to be further tested.
Prior to our birth into Earthly mortality, we dwelt as spirits with our Heavenly parents, and we were present when the great council was held by Elohim.
Lucifer presented his plan for our mortality, in which all souls would be saved, and no one would be lost, and he, Lucifer, would get all the credit for this supposedly flawless accomplishment.
Jehovah presented his plan, in which all of us would come to Earth and be tested, with each individual having complete freedom to choose for themselves whether to do good or evil.
It was Jehovah's plan which was selected, and in his wrath, Lucifer rose up in rebellion, and a third of the hosts of Heaven went along with him.
Michael led the opposing forces (us!!!) in overcoming Lucifer and his army, and they were cast down to Earth, but only as spirits, and not permitted to have human bodies.
Because we were fellow warriors on the winning side, the side of Elohim, Jehovah, and Michael, we are here today in mortal flesh, with all its weaknesses and temptations, being further tested and prepared for the future.
We are surrounded by all of those evil spirits who were forcefully ejected from Heaven, and those gazillions of evil spirits continue whispering into our ears, putting immoral thoughts into our minds, in an ongoing attempt to destroy us, or rather, to get us to destroy ourselves, because they envy us and are angry that they can never have what we have, a MORTAL body of flesh and bone, which is capable of being resurrected after death, and then becoming an eternal being.
Why is that so important?
As we're repeatedly told throughout our scriptures, we are LITERALLY the children of our Father, who is in Heaven, and we are created in His image.
Because we are His children, we look like He does, and our goal is to grow up and become like Him.
By the way, that's also why any extraterrestrial beings will also be in human form, for God created ALL worlds, and many of those worlds are just like our own, populated by His children, who look like Him, and therefore, also look like us.
"OUR ETERNAL STRUGGLE" is about opposition in all things, which is so necessary for learning, growth, and progression, the Yin and Yang, positive and negative, light and dark, good and evil, truth and falsehood, knowledge and ignorance, wisdom and foolishness, health and sickness, joy and sorrow, life and death, liberty and tyranny.
We are presently on this Earth at a WONDERFUL time in history!
Yes, it's very disheartening to see what's happened, and is happening, to our beloved United States of America, and even to my own chosen faith, The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints.
As far as the challenges to my faith are concerned, I turn in our New Testament to the Gospel According to John, Chapter Six, Verses Sixty-Six through Sixty-Nine, which read:
"From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.
And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God."
But, don't you see how exciting this is, that we are here in this place and at this time, to try and contribute our own efforts, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, to the great eternal struggle for righteous liberty?
When we leave this mortality and stand before the great bar of judgement, our Father won't care if we chose the winning side or not, but only if we chose the RIGHT side in this eternal battle.
Here is one of my favorite pictures, which I saw many years ago, which I think pretty well sums it all up:
So, in the time I have left in mortality, I'm resolved to do my best with my own private life, struggling to keep the commandments and hopefully, to do some small measure of good, or maybe even help influence others to do good.
May our Almighty God also continue to bless you in your own endeavors.
"Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito."
(Translation: "Do not give in to evil, but proceed ever more boldly against it.")
John Robert Mallernee
Armed Forces Retirement Home
1800 Beach Drive, Unit 311Gulfport, Mississippi 39507