Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:55 AM
So here's my question for discussion...With sufficient faith could I have said "peace, be still" and calmed the storm? Would the priesthood even apply, or would just a prayer of faith be the means or requesting such a miracle? (If so, how would one use the priesthood?) OR is commanding the elements something that is really reserved for "the Master of ocean and earth and skies".
Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:31 AM
--President Harold B. Lee, December, 1972
Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:44 AM
1) the priesthood holder have enough faith, and I would hazard to guess few do at this point. I don't mean that as a critcism, just that we are all growing in our faith.
2) IF it is the Lord's will
Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:26 AM
"Sometimes He Calms the Storm" - Scott Krippayne - YouTube
Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:33 AM
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:29 PM
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:28 PM
The question could be reworded as "does a person have enough power in their priesthood" to perform such-and-such a miracle (in this case, calming the storm). Power and authority are two different things; a man could technically have priesthood authority but no power to back it up. Priesthood power is inseperably connected to a person's level of faith in the Lord. With sufficient faith and the proper authority and the right reasons, you could command the storm to be still, and it would be done.
However, Melchizedek "quenched the violence of fire" (JST Gen. 14:26) through faith, so it seems that faith is the operating principle in affecting nature and its forces. Indeed it must be, if it is the power by which God Himself operates! So I think a prayer with enough faith, from someone without priesthood authority, could also be honored, although it would probably be honored as a protection for the individual from the violence of the storm, not stopping the storm itself.
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