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Call For the Elders of the Church

Two elders blessing a sick young man.

Two elders blessing a sick young man.

“Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord…”

– James 5:14

Tonight as I prepare for bed I do so feverish, with chills, and feeling like I might die. But I also do so completely at peace and having faith that tomorrow will be a better day.

At some point yesterday I began to be sick. By the time I left work at 7PM I realized I had a fever. By 8:30 I had scolded myself with a hot shower and bundled up in bed to try to sleep and sweat my fever out. At 1:31 AM I awoke shivering so violently it felt like my shoulders were going to pop out of socket. Three more blankets, a space heater, multiple layers of clothing, and three hours later I was violently ill to my stomach from shivering so violently.

And so my night went…

At work I curled up on my desk occasionally hoping for someone to call in a bomb threat so that I could leave. Sadly, or so it seemed at the time, Al-Qaeda never phoned in. Luckily however, we get off early on Wednesdays (yay for church night in the South!) and by 1:30 I was back in bed.

My dreams were restless. My brain felt fried. My fever and chills have came and gone and more than once I’ve debated whether or not death would be a welcome option.

I missed two lessons with the full-time missionaries tonight. I also missed hanging out with my best friend, and about 10 other very important things which I had planned for today.

For an over-planned always-running person such as myself, today seemed like a waste.

But tonight I called upon our elders to bless me.

And they did.

And it was beautiful.

And as I heard these young men invoke the Priesthood of God in my behalf I was humbled by how awesome it is to live in the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times.

Oddly enough the Lord didn’t bless me to heal quickly. He only blessed me to do things in their proper time.

I suppose that’s a kind way of the Lord to tell me to slow down.

This verse came to mind.

“And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.”

– Mosiah 4:27

I love the Lord and I love His Gospel. And I am overwhelmed at how very blessed I am…

…Even if tonight I am shivering as I type.

I hope I never take for granted the awesome powers of heaven that are so very near and here to bless me.

And I hope you don’t either.

Your pal,

Stan

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2 thoughts on “Call For the Elders of the Church

  1. not too long ago i was very ill. ended up having to have my gull bladder removed. oh, and my recover seemed long, and painful.

    i had two members of the church come to my home, to give me a blessing. and it seems that in no time i was back at it.

    there is a power in the church, and blessings.

    i testify that the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints is the true church, re-established by a prophet of god, for this final dispensation. and i testify that the church is led daily by a living prophet.

    i am thankful to heavenly father for the church, and the plan of salvation. and i am very thankful the priesthood keys are here, now.

    amen.

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