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Priesthood Power

One of the wonderful things about our religion is our claim to the biblical priesthood power, or the authority to act in the name of God.  This includes the gift of healing.  A gift my husband, her father, holds.

As we were preparing to be flown to SLC, we knew that it must be serious and we made arrangements to give her a blessing.  In that blessing she was promised that she would have a complete recovery.  It seemed very reasonable at the time.  We went on with the events that unfolded, comforted in the knowledge that all would end well.  It gave us great strength to know she would pull through.

Once she had had her initial evaluation and surgery, the doctor came out and said the exact same words, that he expected a full recovery.  As things progress and we have our ups and downs there are days that I wonder if a complete recovery is still possible.  It is testing my faith and I am sure hers as well, but deep down in I believe we know all will be well.  What a gift.

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Healings

English: Statue representing Peter, James, and...

English: Statue representing Peter, James, and John conferring the Melchizedek Priesthood to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before Christmas my elementary age kids had a short bout with whatever cold thing they picked up at school.  Not a big deal and they missed very little school.  As soon as school got out Kimber got it again.  This time she was a little sicker and we were worried she would miss Christmas due to being so sick so we called and got her a blessing.  The next day instead of being better her brother was also sick.  By the end of the day it was obvious that it was spreading and we called for more blessings all around.  It ended up being a good thing because a few children were showing signs of coming down with the cold, and two more actually needed blessings for other issues, so we did a round for everyone’s “maintenance and prevention.”  The next morning everyone felt great and no one was sick at all for Christmas.  🙂 I was so glad we received those prevention blessings.

Refinement

As we move forward in life, we must constantly be refining ourselves, our goals, our motives.  As I was studying for my lesson this week, I found a talk that explained what it is I am trying to do with this blog, but with a little more clarity and direction.  Below I have included an excerpt from a speech given by Henry B Eyring in October 2007 titled “O Remember, Remember.”

“When our children were very small, I started to write down a few things about what happened every day. Let me tell you how that got started. I came home late from a Church assignment. It was after dark. My father-in-law, who lived near us, surprised me as I walked toward the front door of my house. He was carrying a load of pipes over his shoulder, walking very fast and dressed in his work clothes. I knew that he had been building a system to pump water from a stream below us up to our property.

He smiled, spoke softly, and then rushed past me into the darkness to go on with his work. I took a few steps toward the house, thinking of what he was doing for us, and just as I got to the door, I heard in my mind—not in my own voice—these words: “I’m not giving you these experiences for yourself. Write them down.”

I went inside. I didn’t go to bed. Although I was tired, I took out some paper and began to write. And as I did, I understood the message I had heard in my mind. I was supposed to record for my children to read, someday in the future, how I had seen the hand of God blessing our family. Grandpa didn’t have to do what he was doing for us. He could have had someone else do it or not have done it at all. But he was serving us, his family, in the way covenant disciples of Jesus Christ always do. I knew that was true. And so I wrote it down, so that my children could have the memory someday when they would need it.

I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?” As I kept at it, something began to happen. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done.

More than gratitude began to grow in my heart. Testimony grew. I became ever more certain that our Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. I felt more gratitude for the softening and refining that come because of the Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ. And I grew more confident that the Holy Ghost can bring all things to our remembrance—even things we did not notice or pay attention to when they happened.

The years have gone by. My boys are grown men. And now and then one of them will surprise me by saying, “Dad, I was reading in my copy of the journal about when …” and then he will tell me about how reading of what happened long ago helped him notice something God had done in his day.”

The entire talk can be seen HERE – https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/10/o-remember-remember?lang=eng

 

Variations on a Theme

Relief Society

Relief Society (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Instead of focusing on the miracles in my life, the next several posts before I go on vacation are going to focus on a related, but separate issue.  In a few weeks I get to teach the lesson in Relief Society.  Our lesson comes from a talk by Pres. Uchtdorf on Mercy.  I would like to take my blogging time and focus my thoughts on that, so I can be more prepared.

Really though, what is better proof of God’s love and power than His Mercy.  If we want to grow to become like him, isn’t mercy a characteristic we need to develop in ourselves?  As I have started preparing I have run into so many places where mercy, love and kindness are lacking.  I hope over the next week or so to get some good feedback about how to change that in our families, in our communities, in the world in general, and especially in ourselves.

I start today by sharing the link to read or watch this marvelous sermon.  At over 16 min, it takes a few precious minutes to listen to, but it is well worth anyone’s time.

View Pres. Uchtdorf Here

http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/04/the-merciful-obtain-mercy?lang=eng&media=video