In the land of Virginia we woke one morning to find our vehicle was damaged. In the quiet of the night something had scraped the rear bumper of our car. Whatever scraped the car must have been large and powerful. The marks on the car were permanently etched into the steel.
Arrangements for repairs are complicated in a land distant from your home. Who can we trust do a good job at a fair price? Then there is the insurance claim. Our insurance agent is in our homeland of Utah. There will be paper work and they will want to know the details. One question sure to come up is, “how did this happen?” We are unsure.
Fortunately, later in the day of the evil perpetrated on our car, we found a clue. There it was, next to the car on the ground . . . dragon scales.
We had not seen these items previous to the season of damage to the car. Dragons may exist in this land of Virginia.
We have heard Virginia people chant about Hokies, Hoos, Dukes and Keydets. We are unsure about what type of creatures these are, but perhaps they are referring to dragons.
A few days later we found additional evidence of flying monsters. Our car was again victimized in the parking lot. This time it was soiled by what appeared to be dragon dung dropped from the sky. Removing deposited dragon dung from a car is hard, but not impossible. This evil was foiled by the local car wash.
On a morning following the dragon attacks we woke to see an image in the sky. The evidence was conclusive, although what we saw was small and distant on the horizon. A dragon was leaving our area of Virginia and returning to its lair (it was flying north-east, towards Washington, D.C.)
We honestly see evil in the land. We meet people with many problems. Satan, the great dragon, is real.
A major problem comes from the disintegration of the family. Children raised without a father in their life is common. In a grocery store a conversation was overheard between two women. They were discussing whether or not to go to a baby shower for the baby of a son’s girlfriend. As we walked away it sounded like they would not go. We felt an empty, sad feeling as we remembered the happy occasions when children have come into our family.
We know young people raised in homes without fathers who did not take high school seriously. School was followed by minor conflicts with the law, and now at the age of 18 or 19, they are on their own, without a job, with limited education and no family support. Unemployment is common. There are jobs, but they require skills, some education and some self disciple.
The problem of depression is more common than it should be in young people. Some depression is a medical condition, some is self-inflicted. A few we know have problems with drugs. Others suffer from low self-esteem.
Most of the time we feel helpless. We offer our friendship, our concern, and our knowledge. We know the way to overcome Satan is to keep the commandments. Jesus Christ has shown us the way to be happy. We share that knowledge with everyone who will listen.
All is not lost. We know young adults with problems, but we know even more who are happy because they are trying to keep the commandments. In the end the dragon will be powerless.
“Neither was there place found in heaven for the great dragon, who was cast out; that old serpent called the devil, and also called Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the earth; and his angels were cast out with him.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ;” (JST, Revelations 12:8-9)