“We don’t talk about the adversary any more than we have to, and I don’t like talking about him at all, but the experience of young Joseph reminds us of what every man, including every young man, in this audience needs to remember.
Number one, Satan, or Lucifer, or the father of lies—call him what you will—is real, the very personification of evil. His motives are in every case malicious, and he convulses at the appearance of redeeming light, at the very thought of truth. Number two, he is eternally opposed to the love of God, the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and the work of peace and salvation. He will fight against these whenever and wherever he can. He knows he will be defeated and cast out in the end, but he is determined to take down with him as many others as he possibly can.” Elder Holland, Oct 2011 Gen. Conf.
Perhaps what goes through Satan’s mind is this:
―It‘s not too late! I can still beat God. I can win the war. I need to start by identifying those who are most likely to be leaders of the next generation, then I will wipe them out! I remember that in the times of Moses and of Christ, I was able to persuade the political leaders of their times to commit mass infanticide, having all the 2 year olds killed in an attempt to take out the prime individuals who I feared would rise up and cause serious problems for me. That strategy didn‘t work. Anyway, in today‘s society, political leaders are not willing to commit political suicide. I need to fine tune my methods of destruction. I have learned a great deal about mortal psychology over the last 7000 years. I believe I can now truly be ―the serpent (who is) more subtle than any beast of the field.” (Gen. 3:1)
I will start by attacking them before they are old enough to fight back. I know that is unsportsmanlike of me, but I don‘t care. I have observed that even though young men do not reach the age of puberty until early to mid teens, their bodies still have a chemical reaction to ―opportunities to reproduce.” I will use the modern technology of internet and cell phones combined with the impulsiveness of youth to have them pass these images on to one another as fast as possible. Most of the young men who experience these chemical reactions will enjoy it so much that they ignore any whisper of ―this is the wrong time and wrong place to be feeling this” sensations. They will easily slip into become addicted to the chemicals. But these are not the ones I am really after.
I am after the Warriors, the ones who are driven to ―become someone” or ―do important things with their lives”. Adults around them have taught them and they are on the verge of ―knowing who they are.” These are the ones that I must target with great intensity or all will be lost. So, here is what I will do…
(You can read the rest of this in the Training Manual)
Let me know if you have any comments or questions.