I heard a great story in Church today. A guy was giving a talk in sacrament meeting about the priesthood. He told a personal story about when he went to Scout Camp as a boy, he hurt his hand really bad playing capture-the-flag. He said it was swelling up and black and blue. He should have gone to the hospital, but unfortunately, there was only one leader with his Scout Troop, so the one leader couldn't leave all the other boys at camp alone. So, he just went to bed in pain, and scared.
The next day, a bunch of men from other LDS Scout Troops gave the boy a blessing. Before the blessing, they said a prayer. He said the Spirit was really strong. And he got the blessing, and his hand was healed! The healing was almost immediate! He ended up not going to the hospital or receiving any medical attention. It was a miracle. His hand was healed through the power of faith, the power of the priesthood and the power of God.
I believe this story. I know the guy who told the story, and I believe in healings, and that priesthood blessings really work.
You should stay LDS because you can ask for priesthood blessings from your Dad, your home teachers, your bishop, or any other Melchizedek priesthood holder.
And priesthood blessings really work! Well... sometimes they work, sometimes they don't. But even if they don't "work," they can't hurt. They can't make your situation any worse. So, why not just give them a try? I think they're very nice. I believe in the power of God that works through priesthood blessings.
To stay LDS, sometimes it's best to ignore all the politics that goes on in downtown Salt Lake City and all the drama that goes on in Internet chat rooms. Sometimes it's best to just go to your local ward, care about the people you find there, and believe the spiritual stories they share with you.
Although, I admit, I can't get enough of this John Dehlin and Kate Kelly drama happening right now! Will they be excommunicated? Will they be not? Who knows? To quote from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, "The suspense is terrible... I hope it will last."
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