Priesthood Power: Blessing the Sick and Afflicted

by Larry Barkdull

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Administering to the sick is a powerful ordinance, charged with symbolism and meaning that strike at the heart of our priesthood commission. This book answers many questions pertaining to this sacred ordinance. For example, what does the oil represent? Why are two or more elders typically required? How do we become the hands, arms, and voice of Jesus Christ? How should we prepare to bless? A must-have for every bearer of the Melchizedek Priesthood or for anyone preparing for the priesthood.

“Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church. . . ” Our commission in the Melchizedek Priesthood is the same that Jesus gave to His Apostles when He sent them forth to serve: “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.”

About the Author

Larry Barkdull

Larry Barkdull is the author of Gifts: True Stories of God's Love. He has authored many books including The Mourning Dove. His upcoming book, Cold Train Coming, will be published by Deseret Book and released this August. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Orem, Utah, and are the parents of ten children.

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Great book but...
By , Submitted on 2015-09-11

The book is missing content that is included in hard back book. For example from chapter 7, "“The reason for using olive oil rather than any other kind of oil is never clearly stated in the scriptures. . . . The olive branch has long been a token of peace. The olive tree is used in scripture as a symbol for the house of Israel [Hosea 14:6; Rom. 11:17; Jacob 5; D&C 101:43–62].”150 As to the symbolism of olive oil, Elder Theodore M. Burton said, “Oil is the sacred symbol of the spirit’s operations.”151 Echoing that idea, Elder Gerald N. Lund wrote:

It is important to remember that physical symbols are used to represent spiritual things. The olive tree represents peace and purity (Doctrines of Salvation 3:180). In the introduction to D&C 88, Joseph Smith suggests that the Tree of Paradise (Tree of Life) was an olive tree. The ancient Menorah or sacred candlestick in the Tabernacle and later in the temple was a representation of the Tree of Life. Its seven cups held olive oil that burned continually, representing the fire of the Holy Ghost. Thus olive oil is a symbol of the Holy Ghost and its [the Spirit’s] power to provide peace and to purify.152

On another occasion, Elder Lund taught the following:

I love the book, but the ebook is disappointing. Unless they can resolve this issue, I recommend getting the printed version

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

As a convert I have not had any teachings from anyone to help me gain courage in giving a blessing. I was humbled in a calling when I doubted the words which came to mind.

This book can be applied with General Conference April 2010 Priesthood Session, Healing The Sick by Elder Dallin H. Oaks

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