Saturday, February 27, 2016

Mustard seeds

I have often thought about why we don't see the healing of the sick as often as portrayed in the New Testament by Jesus and His apostles. Christ said, "...for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." Matthew 17:20. This is a pretty clear message to me. I have felt that the gift of healing is highly underutilized. Why are we so quick to run to the doctor and the internet to find some sort of relief for our ailments. I'm not suggesting that we don't use the gift of modern medicine because I believe that the Lord has given us doctors and medicines to help. I'm talking more about the attitude of victimhood. I hear, on a regular basis, people that say, "this is my lot in life", in regards to some physical or health challenge they are having. I don't understand that. I am a big believer in healing. I do accept some people are given challenges that ultimately take their lives and others have physical disabilities that aren't healed. However, I still believe that healing is greatly underused.

In October, 1974 General Conference, Elder James A. Cullimore quoted George Q. Cannon as saying, “I have felt deeply impressed … that the members of our Church do not value as they should the means which God has placed within their reach for the relief and healing of the sick. There is too great a disposition, when sickness enters a household, to send for a doctor. …Instances are very common among the faithful Saints of the gift of healing being manifested in a very wonderful manner. …God has not forgotten His promises, and He has not withdrawn Himself from His people. But the Latter-day Saints should make use of these means more frequently than they do, and put more trust in God and less in man’s skill.” I feel just as Elder Cannon did. I had an experience last fall with healing. I had a back injury that I got 8 years prior, caused by a chiropractor. It was manageable so I just lived with it. Well, last fall, I herniated a disc in my back. I was angry about it. I was supposed to start a new job and couldn't even stand up. My husband asked me if I wanted a blessing. I told him I only wanted a blessing if it were a blessing of healing. I told him that I had the faith to be healed and if he had the faith to heal me, I wanted a blessing. So my husband prayed and then gave me a blessing and healed me. Not only was my herniated disc healed, but my previous back injury was healed. After that, I wondered why I had never asked to be healed before. Why don't I use the priesthood more? I have a friend, a nonmember, that developed Celiac's disease. She suffered for three years, could barely eat and thought that she was probably going to die. She decided she wanted healing, so she fasted for three days and asked the Lord to take away her ailment, and He did. She was healed from that moment on. My mother when she tried to quit smoking for the 20th time, after 40 years of being a smoker, fasted for three days and told Heavenly Father to remove all desire from her. He did, from that moment on. She has never smoked since. It's been 15 years. Not only that but her lungs look like she had never smoked a day in her life. God heals. I know that. I have great faith in the ability to be healed. Is there a lack of faith in that ability for others, or is there more to being healed than just faith? I would challenge all to consider this and prove the Lord.           

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