We rely too much today on modern medicine. We live in a "practical" world where, too often, a blessing is looked at as just a nice prayer. For a healing blessing to be effective, faith must be enjoined, followed by listening to the Holy Spirit as we ask direction, and finally obedience to the promptings we get. AND we never write off a blessing if it doesn't happen immediately. Our mind and spirit must be unified in calling upon our God to make that blessing effective. Also, there are occasions where a blessing is only effective with fasting as well as prayer - as Jesus so clearly taught his disciples.
These stories in the scriptures used to thrill me. Now they just make me sad. I speak of the members suffering from bipolar and other serious mental illnesses and of their families. They are not being healed by their interactions with priesthood holders. They are being excommunicated or disfellowshipped. They are being shamed. Where, oh where, is the power of the priesthood? I have seen its authority, but find, as President Packer said, we have not been as successful in disseminating its power. And I am left to wonder how we differ from the Christians of Joseph Smith's day who had the form of godliness but denied the power thereof.
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