I started today with no idea how I was going to find something to fit the service theme today. I scrolled through Facebook, wondering about a particular person’s GoFundMe, but it had been closed. I prayed for healing for people I knew who were experiencing difficulties or sickness, but that felt kind of like a “gimme,” since I generally do that anyway. I found some other people I could help in other ways. (Do you know how fun it can be to write a letter to someone you don’t know, just to encourage them through a hard time? You can’t encourage someone else without giving yourself a boost at the same time.) Anyway, I finally just asked Heavenly Father to drop an opportunity in my lap, please, and went on with my day.
A friend happened to stop by later, she didn’t realize she needed someone to talk to, I think, because she had just planned to give me some information I needed. But one thing led to another, and the subject of healing came up and the question about how can we heal from past horrors in our lives. We talked about several alternative healing arts that are specifically designed to help us process emotions that have impacted our bodies in a negative way. I have some experience with a few of these, some I like more than others, but it was a good conversation about why we need to be careful about the people and ideas we trust.
20 And it had come to pass, yea, all things, every whit, according to the words of the prophets. 21 And it came to pass also that a new star did appear, according to the word. 22 And it came to pass that from this time forth there began to be lyings sent forth among the people, by Satan, to harden their hearts, to the intent that they might not believe in those signs and wonders which they had seen; but notwithstanding these lyings and deceivings the more part of the people did believe, and were converted unto the Lord.
I had a tough time with that one too.