The gift of healing is a blessing of the power of the Priesthood, which Priesthood is the power of God delegated to man by which man can act in the earth for the salvation of the human family. We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands by those who are in authority, to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof. [Article of Faith #5).
Our family has been blessed by this Priesthood power of healing many times over the years. Here are a few examples.
It was the first day on the beach and our daughter got a bad sunburn. It blistered immediately and she was in great pain. She couldn’t sleep at all that night so the next day her Dad gave her a priesthood blessing. After that, she was able to sleep at night and healed quite rapidly.
And this from our family history:
On the evening of July 9, 1895, Elizabeth was very despondent. Weeping bitterly, she expressed a wish that she might die, rather than continue to be such a burden to her dear ones. She had been suffering all her life from a debilitating illness. Her brother, Arthur, then fourteen years of age, felt strongly impressed that Elizabeth should never again have occasion to shed tears because of poor health. The words of the Saviour, “In my name shall they cast out devils and nothing shall be impossible unto them,” were in his mind all day. Young Arthur held the Aaronic Priesthood, which contains the keys of ministering angels…In the evening, obeying the prompting of the Spirit of God, he told Elizabeth that God would heal her the following day. Surprised yet impressed by the strong faith of this fourteen year old boy, she sought assurance for herself by earnest petition to her Father in Heaven. The following morning, July 10, 1895, her prayers were rewarded by the assurance that she would be healed that day, if she and other members of the family would be united in fasting and prayer.
After the family fasted and prayed together, Arthur said a prayer alone and received confirmation to proceed. He went in to the bedside of Elizabeth, and taking her by the hand he commanded her in the name of Jesus Christ to arise and be made whole. She rose up immediately and began to do some light housework, which she had not been able to do before. Lizzie went on to live a full life, marrying and bearing four children. Her descendants to this day hold July 10th as a day of fasting and prayer in gratitude for that healing.
I know the power of the Priesthood has been restored to the earth and that through that power, worthy Priesthood holders can and do bless the lives of those with faith to be healed. In all things though, we say, “Thy will, O God, be done…” The Doctrine and Covenants tells us:
And the elders of the church, two or more, shall be called, and shall pray for and lay their hands upon them in my name; and if they die they shall die unto me, and if they live they shall live unto me.–D&C 42:44
Elder Dallin H. Oaks has taught: “Healing blessings come in many ways, each suited to our individual needs, as known to Him who loves us best. Sometimes a ‘healing’ cures our illness or lifts our burden. But sometimes we are ‘healed’ by being given strength or understanding or patience to bear the burdens placed upon us.”9 [Dallin H. Oaks, “He Heals the Heavy Laden,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2006, 7–8.]