The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Healing

"Faith to heal the sick is one of the most desirable gifts of the gospel and should be sought after by all Melchizedek Priesthood holders. They should always be ready to exercise this power in behalf of those who need a blessing. They should seek to have and develop the gift of faith, faith to heal and faith to be healed. 'And whoso ask it in my name in faith,' the Lord has said, 'they shall cast out devils: they shall heal the sick; they shall cause the blind to receive their sight, and the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak, and the lame to walk.' (D&C 35:9.)"—Elder James A. Cullimore, Gifts Of The Spirit, General Conference, October 1974

"The sixth article of faith states that, among other spiritual gifts, we believe in the gift of healing. To me, this gift extends to the healing of both the body and the spirit. The Spirit speaks peace to the soul. This spiritual solace comes by invoking spiritual gifts, which are claimed and manifested in many ways. They are rich, and full, and abundant in the Church today. They flow from the proper and humble use of a testimony. They also come through the administering to the sick following an anointing with consecrated oil. Christ is the great Physician, who rose from the dead 'with healing in his wings' (2 Nephi 25:13), while the Comforter is the agency of healing."—Elder James E. Faust, Spiritual Healing, General Conference, April 1992

"Let us remember and ponder upon these counsels, and cleave to the Priesthood and have confidence in it; and let the Elders administer to the sick in faith, and let them rebuke disease when the Spirit prompts them, and it will be rebuked, and the sick will be healed by the power of God. Every Elder in Israel should so live before the Lord as to have confidence in Him to do this."—Erastus Snow, Journal of Discourses, Vol.25, p.38 - p.39

"My thoughts go back at the moment to when I was a little boy. I was awfully sick, I thought. I do not think my sickness was very serious. I may have had a bad case of measles or something like that, but I was sick, and I was miserable, and my father had lived so closely to me that I was just as certain as that I lived that when my father came home and I asked him to administer to me that I would be healed. Do you think a boy can go through that kind of an experience with his father and have his prayers answered, have his faith justified, and not love that father? And even more important than that, not, have a keen realization and appreciation of the power that his father has by virtue of the Priesthood which has been conferred upon him? I am sure that from that moment on I lived as far as I can review my life in my own mind, to receive that same Priesthood, to perform that same service in behalf of my family when I might be blessed with one, and I never cease to be grateful to the Lord for the almost innumerable instances when I have had the privilege of exercising my Priesthood outside the family circle in behalf of my brethren and sisters throughout the Church, and being absolutely conscious when I laid my hands upon their heads that there was a power there making itself manifest in my ministry, that would bring about the purposes of our Heavenly Father here upon this earth."—Henry D. Moyle, Conference Report, October 1959, p.83 - p.84

"We should take hold of these principles and strive to apply them in our lives. How can we increase our faith in God? How can we gain power by this principle? Why, simply by the exercise of the power of faith in our hearts. We must have a great desire in our hearts for these things, we must put forth our hands whenever occasion arises in order to develop this power within us. Exercise faith? Yes. Do the sick need to be healed? Yes. There has never been a promise annulled. If the sick exercise faith, and those who are called in of the Priesthood exercise faith, the sick shall be healed: if they are not appointed unto death they shalt rise: if they die, they die unto the Lord, if they live they live unto the Lord. What a mighty opportunity there is for the blessing and also for the cultivation of this power within man, to exercise it whenever occasion requires. The sick will be healed; the sick are healed by this power."—Joseph B. Keeler, Conference Report, October 1914, p.47

"Is there healing in mere clay to make eyes see? Is there medicinal value in the spittle to cure infirmities? Are there curative properties in the waters of Siloam to open eyes of congenital blind? The answer is obvious. The miracle was conceived in the womb of faith and born and matured in the act of obedience."—Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, October 1954, p.55

"I will tell you a story and then I shall stop. I got a telephone message some time ago, I think a year ago, may be, that I had some relatives in the hospital. They wanted me to hurry up there and administer to them. They were two sisters. They were married, and they were not city people, and, by the way, their father and mother were good Latter-day Saints, and these young girls had been taught and they had been active, but they were not healed, so they came to the hospital. When I arrived I found one of them in one room, and she had been operated upon, and getting along very nicely. The other sister wanted me to bless her before she was operated upon. I asked her how much she was paying for her room. She told me. 'And how much are you paying the doctor?'

'Three hundred dollars.'

'Well, haven't you got confidence in him? He is charging you enough. Why don't you trust him?'

'Well,' she said, 'Uncle Golden, I have been administered to, but I was not healed, and I felt forced to come to the doctor.'

I said, 'I am a little jealous for God, and if I bless you, and you are healed, who is going to get the credit? If the doctor gets all the money and all the credit, and God heals you, I don't think that fair.'

So I blessed her as best I knew how, and I blessed the doctor. I made a full anointing and blessed the nurse, and asked God that his spirit might be there and the patient's life be spared. I realize that hospitals, physicians, and surgeons, do wonderful things, and that faith without works is dead. I want to bear testimony to you, and I know it, I don't think it, I don't imagine it: I have seen God heal the sick. I know it isn't in me, but I know that where there is faith there is nothing impossible, and these young elders who are sent out now, it may not be wisdom to send them out as we went, but when we were in the South, God had to take care of us, whether it was stormy or sunshine, as we had no choice. I know the Lord can take care of us and will take care of us if we have faith."—J. Golden Kimball, Conference Report, October 1927, p.54

"Certainly the greatest miracles of our day are the lifting and healing of troubled souls. Spiritual strength is a priceless possession available to those who will endure in righteousness. The healing of the troubled soul gives health and strength to those dead in things righteous. Purity, faith, hope, and charity are restored, making the once spiritually sick whole." — "He Took Him by The Hand", Elder Marvin J. Ashton, General Conference, October 1973

"Love is a potent healer." — "To Be Healed", Elder Richard G. Scott, General Conference, April 1994

"The greatest miracles I see today are not necessarily the healing of sick bodies, but the greatest miracles I see are the healing of sick souls, those who are sick in soul and spirit and are downhearted and distraught, on the verge of nervous breakdowns. We are reaching out to all such, because they are precious in the sight of the Lord, and we want no one to feel that they are forgotten." — "Stand Ye in Holy Places", President Harold B. Lee, General Conference, April 1973

"If you are caught on a plateau of spiritual healing and don't seem to be making progress, if you seem to be constantly dependent on another mortal for support, look up in faith to Jesus Christ. I know that the Master loves you and will heal you according to your faith in Him." — "To Be Healed", Elder Richard G. Scott, General Conference, April 1994

"The Savior's atonement in the garden and on the cross is intimate as well as infinite. Infinite in that it spans the eternities. Intimate in that the Savior felt each person's pains, sufferings, and sicknesses. Consequently, he knows how to carry our sorrows and relieve our burdens that we might be healed from within, made whole persons, and receive everlasting joy in his kingdom. May our faith in the Father and the Son help each of us to become whole." — "The Power to Heal from Within", Bishop Merrill J. Bateman, General Conference, April 1995

"Getting people's spirits healed through conversion is the only way they can be healed. I know this is an unpopular doctrine and a slow way to solve the problems of men and nations. As a matter of fact, I am convinced that relatively few among the billions of earth's inhabitants will be converted. Nevertheless, I know and solemnly witness that there is no other means by which the sin-sick souls of men can be healed or for a troubled world to find peace. I know that the unbelieving will reject this divine way. But this is nothing new. They have been rejecting it ever since the time of Cain. They have from the beginning refused to accept Christ and his gospel. They killed the ancient prophets. They burned Abinadi. They stoned Samuel the Lamanite. They crucified the Lord himself. In our own day they martyred Joseph Smith, Jun., the great prophet of the restoration. But all that has happened in the past has not, and all that occurs in the future will not change the truth that conversion to Jesus Christ and his gosel is the one and only way; for still it must be said that 'there is none other way given under heaven by which men must be saved.' (See Acts 4:12.) To this I witness in solemn testimony." - Marion G. Romney, "Conference Report," October 1963, Afternoon Meeting, p.26

"As I listened, the Spirit bore witness of the great miracles of the Atonement and the Savior's power to mend broken hearts, to heal from within. The Savior's parable of the ten lepers took on new meaning. Luke describes Jesus meeting ten lepers. Upon seeing the Savior, they cried, 'Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.' Jesus responded: 'Go shew yourselves unto the priests.' As they went their way, they were cleansed. One returned, fell on his face at the Master's feet, and gave thanks. Jesus said, 'Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? And then the Lord said to the one who returned, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole' (see Luke 17:12-19). In becoming a whole person, the grateful leper was healed inside as well as on the outside. That day nine lepers were healed skin deep, but only one had the faith to be made whole. The tenth leper ... [was] changed eternally by [his] faith in the Savior and the healing power of his atonement." - Merrill J. Bateman, "The Power to Heal from Within," Ensign (CR), May 1995, p.13

“Parents, take time in the next home evening to caution your family never to amuse themselves at the expense of the handicapped or of any whose face or form or personality does not fit the supposed ideal or whose skin is too light or too dark to suit their fancy. Teach them that they, in their own way, should become like angels who "move the water," healing a spirit by erasing loneliness, embarrassment, or rejection.” - Boyd K. Packer, “The Moving of the Water,” Ensign (CR), May 1991, p. 7

"The only one who can accomplish the healing of a sick soul is the Great Physician Himself, our Father in Heaven, through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus promised those who will come to Him with full purpose of heart and repent: "I shall heal them" (3 Ne. 18:32). The Church cannot heal; priesthood leaders do not heal; only an omnipotent God can accomplish the miracle of spiritual healing." - Malcolm S. Jeppsen, "A Divine Prescription for Spiritual Healing," Ensign (CR), May 1994, p. 17

"Faith is essential for healing by the powers of heaven. The Book of Mormon even teaches that 'if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them' (Ether 12:12). In a notable talk on administering to the sick, President Spencer W. Kimball said: 'The need of faith is often underestimated. The ill one and the family often seem to depend wholly on the power of the priesthood and the gift of healing that they hope the administering brethren may have, whereas the greater responsibility is with him who is blessed. . . . The major element is the faith of the individual when that person is conscious and accountable. 'Thy faith hath made thee whole' [Matthew 9:22] was repeated so often by the Master that it almost became a chorus.'" - Dallin H. Oaks, "Healing the Sick," Ensign (CR) May 2010

“[W]e find healing and relief only when we bring ourselves to the feet of the Great Physician, our Savior, Jesus Christ. We must lay down our weapons of rebellion (and we each know what they are). We must lay down our sin, vanity, and pride. We must give up our desires to follow the world and to be respected and lauded by the world. We must cease fighting against God and instead give our whole hearts to Him, holding nothing back. Then He can heal us. Then He can cleanse us from the venomous sting of sin.” - Patrick Kearon, "Come unto Me with Full Purpose of Heart, and I Shall Heal You,” Ensign (CR) October 2010

Someway, somehow, we must find the healing influence that brings solace to the soul. Where is this balm? Where is the compensating relief so desperately needed to help us survive in the world’s pressures? The onsetting comfort in large measure can come through increased communion with the Spirit of God. This can bring spiritual healing. - James E. Faust, "Spiritual Healing," Ensign (CR) May 1992

To those who are ill and suffering pain and the vicissitudes of this life, we extend particular love and concern. Our hearts and prayers go out to you. Remember what father Lehi said in blessing his son Jacob, who had suffered at the hands of his older brothers Laman and Lemuel. He said, “Thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain.” (2 Ne. 2:2.) And so he will for you. -
Ezra Taft Benson, “To the Elderly in the Church,” Ensign (CR) October 1989

Jesus healed many from physical diseases, but He did not withhold healing from those who sought to be "made whole" from other ailments. Matthew writes that He healed every sickness and every disease among the people (see Matthew 4:23; 9:35). Great multitudes followed Him, and He "healed them all" (Matthew 12:15). Surely these healings included those whose sicknesses were emotional, mental, or spiritual. He healed them all. - Dallin H. Oaks, "He Heals the Heavy Laden,” Ensign (CR) October 2006

For us, miraculous healing, powerful protection, divine knowledge, liberating forgiveness, and precious peace are among the answers that come when we offer up a “soul’s sincere desire” in faith. – Carol F. McConkie, “The Soul’s Sincere Desire,” Ensign (CR) November 2016 

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