Amanda Smith was camping with her family at Hans Mill when a mob attacked. Her husband and one of her sons was killed.
Another son, Alma, got shot in the hip.
Desperately needing help, Amanda went to the Lord. She received inspiration on how to create and apply a poultice for the wound. Her son was healed.
I was having a horrible week once and needed to feel comfort. As I cried to my roommate, she asked if she could pray with me.
I don’t remember exactly what she said, or why I needed comfort. But I remember feeling shocked as I suddenly felt the power in her prayer and the comfort and love that filled me. Now I know, it was priesthood power blessing my life through her sincere prayer.
I was called once to a position of presidency my second Sunday in a ward. I knew no one and needed to call my counselors by the coming Sunday.
I also was busy and very sick in my first trimester. I knew if I was going to be able to do this, I needed great counselors.
I needed God’s power and authority.
So I called upon it. And I truly felt guided in my decision. I got the very best counselors I could have hoped for—without ever meeting any of them.
President Nelson stated, “The heavens are just as open to women who are endowed with God’s power flowing from their priesthood covenants as they are to men who bear the priesthood.”
I think of the sacrament—the power comes not in blessing it or passing it, but in partaking of it, something each of us have equal opportunity to do.
Because it is “IN the ordinances thereof, [that] the power of godliness is manifest.” D&C 84
God wants each of His children to have access to His power.
We NEED it.
In our lives.
In our callings.
In our families.
And “It is our faith that unlocks the power of God in our lives.” (President Nelson)
So look up and power up.
How have you used the priesthood power in your life?