Early responses to assignment
My boyfriend and I were on our way to church one Wednesday evening when he mentioned that his knee was hurting for no apparent reason. I said something about feeling achy all day as well. “Well, let’s pray,” I said. We took a few moments to pray quietly at the sidewalk. I don’t know what ideas he was working with, but I prayed with the “scientific statement of being” (S&H 468:8-15) — simply affirming that we were both spiritual, not a bunch of aching matter. These prayers lasted no more than two minutes, and then we continued on our way. About 15 minutes later, my boyfriend said to me, “The pain in my knee is all gone!” He then said that it had gone away immediately but that he had waited to say something. I realized that all my aches were gone, too. I gave a testimony about the healings at church. We were both very grateful!
One day I was baking some crackers with hot boiling water in a 350° oven to make candy. I went to pull the pan from the oven with one hand (the one holding the pot holder), but it slipped away from me and fell into the oven. The oven started smoking up. I knew I had to pull the pan out instantly or there would be a fire. I didn’t have time to get another pot holder. I quickly grabbed the pan with my bare hands. As I did this I began to declare that God doesn’t feel pain and so neither can I as His reflection. I was able to put the pan on top of the stove. Also, I thought about Shadrach, Meschach, and Abed-nego (Daniel 3) which happened to be in the Bible Lesson that week. I looked at my hand. There were no blisters and no burns. I was so grateful, all I could say was, “thank you God.” I was so thrilled about this healing.
An Association classmate called me with a long-standing problem with his arm (not able to really use it). He was under pressure to heal it, since he was going away on a trip that would require a great deal of arm use. I felt led to say that quick healing is to be expected and we both needed to work. Things were improving after three days and on the fourth day he was completely healed (just before his trip). He had no problems doing the required activity.
Another call also involved long-standing arm damage and pain. Work went on for a while but a complete healing was reported. In fact it is something that the patient has reminded me of because there has been no recurrence.
In my family, my daughter was overcome by severe panic, headaches and difficulty breathing. She asked me to work. As I sat down to ONLY keep my thought on God (the only healer), she interrupted me after a few seconds. I asked what was up? She said, it completely went away.