I Believe in the Power of the Priesthood
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“I Believe in the Power of the Priesthood,” Liahona, Aug. 2000, 30

“I Believe in the Power of the Priesthood”

My grandfather, Elizio Antônio Honório, had suffered a stroke and was very ill in a hospital in Brazil. The doctors said he had only a small chance of surviving. When I learned of this, I went to my room and asked Heavenly Father what I should do. As I knelt, I felt the presence of the Holy Ghost more powerfully than I ever had before. When I ended my prayer, I felt I should speak with my bishop, so I went to see him.

Though my grandfather is not a member of the Church, I asked the bishop to give him a priesthood blessing. I explained, “I believe in the power of the priesthood, and I believe the Lord can heal him. The Lord has prompted me to ask for this blessing.”

We went to the hospital, and the bishop gave my grandfather a blessing. The following day I visited my grandfather and found him seated on a chair conversing with one of my aunts. He was much improved.

I know this is truly the Church of Jesus Christ. I know the priesthood can bless us if we have faith in its divine power.

Detail from Christ’s Image, by Heinrich Hofmann

Illustrated by Larry Winborg