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The Savior’s Priesthood Authority and Power

Monday, July 8th, 2013

In the April 2013 worldwide General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often inadvertently called the Mormon Church), Elder Jeffrey R. Holland related the moving story of a man who approached Jesus Christ to heal his afflicted son. The father explained his son’s dangerous condition and pleaded, “If thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us” (Mark 9:22). Elder Holland emphasized that the father’s faith, though imperfect, was enough. This man’s initial conviction, by his own admission, is limited. But he has an urgent, emphatic desire in behalf of his only child. We are told that is good enough for a beginning. “Even if ye can no more than desire to believe,” Alma declares, “let this desire work in you, even until ye believe.”1 With no other hope remaining, this father asserts what faith he has and pleads with the Savior of the world, “If thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.”1 I can hardly... Read the rest of this entry »