HAVE YOU USED ANY REMEDIES?

Have you used any remedies?
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I’ve had the opportunity to provide, assist, and witness many priesthood blessings over the years. As I read through a talk by Elder Oaks, I gained some really good understanding.
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Here is a story told by Brigham Young that Elder Oaks referenced in his talk.
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When a person requested a priesthood blessing, Brigham Young would ask, “Have you used any remedies?” To those who said no because “we wish the Elders to lay hands upon us, and we have faith that we shall be healed,” President Young replied.
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“That is very inconsistent according to my faith. If we are sick, and ask the Lord to heal us, and to do all for us that is necessary to be done, according to my understanding of the Gospel of salvation, I might as well ask the Lord to cause my wheat and corn to grow, without my plowing the ground and casting in the seed.
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It appears consistent to me to apply every remedy that comes within the range of my knowledge, and then to ask my Father in Heaven … to sanctify that application to the healing of my body.”
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Elder Oaks added in an additional and insightful concept, ”Of course we don’t wait until all other methods are exhausted before we pray in faith or give priesthood blessings for healing. In emergencies, prayers and blessings come first.”
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One last important reminder from Elder Oaks to the preisthood brethren.
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”Fortunately, the words spoken in a healing blessing are not essential to its healing effect. If faith is sufficient and if the Lord wills it, the afflicted person will be healed or blessed whether the officiator speaks those words or not.
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Conversely, if the officiator yields to personal desire or inexperience and gives commands or words of blessing in excess of what the Lord chooses to bestow according to the faith of the individual, those words will not be fulfilled.”
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Align yourself with the Lord and you will Hear Him and provide a blessing according to His will. For the receiver of the blessing, have you used any remedies?
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PC: @eva_timothy

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