Thank you all for such inspired answers. They ranged from you own personal efforts (and struggle) to eliminate such things in your homes, to “the Spirit will direct you.”
I believe all things are spiritual with the Lord, and when we “feel” a drive to eliminate some element of Babylon from our homes, that the feeling is inspired. As Moroni 7 informs us “All good things come from God.” So, a prompting to eliminate evil from our homes would fall in that category I believe.
What may not be apparent is how to do it. As some of you pointed out, extremes don’t work with people. So, since this is the Lord’s plan for you, then the Lord also has the right solution. As we pray and search the answer will come in its own time, and the best thing is – it will work, and your family will embrace the solution.
It will certainly involve steps – family meetings – group decisions – maybe moving the TV or computer to a new location – prayerful pondering.
There are only a couple things that in my opinion must be stopped instantly – one is porn on TV or computer, or as art. This will destroy you and the people who view it. My teenage daughter pinned a shopping bag of a man’s naked torso to her wall. She thought it was fine because it was a shopping bag from a well-known store. It was porn, and we didn’t give her a choice in the matter.
The second one is music that drives the Spirit away. In the very least, you can insist that people wear headphones, and then let the Spirit lead you to help them end their addiction to darkness. We don’t own a stereo – which keeps the noise levels way down at home. My sister-in-law makes her children print out the lyrics of every song on their ipod and get them approved with a parent before they can buy it.
The last thing that in my opinion should never be tolerated is objects with “charms” or “good luck” symbols. These things almost always have symbols that invite dark spirits. They are harder to identify than porn, but they are little black holes of evil swirling in your homes. If there is a persistant feeling of negative, or anger, or fighting against family values, you should look for these things, and when you find them, break them in pieces and destroy them. Don’t ask permission, just do it. If someone screams and cries and threatens when you destroy it – you just did the right thing. People get emotionally attached to them to keep the thrill of the negative feelings alive. I’ve seen them as jewelry, clothing, wall art, in books, on album covers, as assessories, belt buckles, hair clips, key fobs – you name it. They are all dangerous.
I have a sister who twenty years ago couldn’t get answers to her prayers. When I looked at her half of her face was darkened. It was kind of spooky. After prayer and a priesthood blessing, she found a “happiness” sign that her mother in law had given her. We broke it apart and found a slip of paper with a pentagram and other images on it. We burned it immediately. I blessed the house several times, and the sweetness returned. The Holy Spirit quickly returned to her life and prayers.
I had a son who got terribly addicted to a certain series of novels, and at the same time grew angry and resentful. I read parts of them and found that they were horrifyingly bad. I talked to him about his books, and I told him they weren’t welcome in our home. He threw the books in the garbage and didn’t finish reading them. He said he felt better immediately, and he never acted that way again.
My former wife brought home some books from a garage sale. They looked like they were ice-cold spiritually to me, and the titles were written in Latin. I waited until she wasn’t home and burned them – they shot blue flames out of the book and hissed like a snake. The kids ran into another room. It was really spooky. It required several priesthood blessings to cleanse the house of the bad spirits.
First things first,