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How a mother’s sensitivity to the Spirit can lead to priesthood blessings

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Columnist Arianne Brown and her family

Court Einfeldt @im_court_

As I sat in the living room late one evening, I felt helpless. My oldest son, Anderson, had experienced a string of unfortunate events that had left him badly injured, and unable to play soccer. In what was looking to be a very successful and important season, one thing led to another, and he ended up with a broken hand and clavicle, as well as a swollen and badly sprained ankle. 

To many, superficial injuries leaving someone unable to play a sport may seem like a silly thing for a mom to lose sleep over. But, to me, it wasn’t. I knew how much my son wanted to play, and how much time, energy, dedication and prayer went into putting himself in the right positions to be successful. I knew that more than the pain in his physical body, was the pain in his emotional and even spiritual state. 

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Arianne Brown’s son Aussie tying his brother Anderson’s shoes after an injury.

Arianne Brown

As his mother, I wanted to take all the pain away from him, and offered many prayers on his behalf. And that late evening, another prayer was offered, and an answer given that my son needed a priesthood blessing.

A priesthood blessing, according to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ website, is a blessing given by a Melchizedek Priesthood holder, by the laying on of hands and by inspiration, to one who is sick or otherwise in need of special counsel, comfort, or healing.

“Why am I receiving this answer?” I thought. “I don’t hold the priesthood. I can’t give him a blessing.”

Still, the thought persisted, directing me to tell my husband about the prompting, and asking him to give our son a blessing. It is a delicate thing, being the woman in this situation. I needed to share my inspiration without pushing too hard, and pray that my husband would ask, and that my son would be receptive to receiving a blessing.

It was amazing to sit back and watch it work: Father approaching son, and son accepting the invitation to receive a blessing. The power of the priesthood was working through an inspiration I had as a mother. 

As I sat there in the room with my husband and son, preparing to listen to the words my husband spoke, I felt yet another prompting. I needed to offer a prayer that my husband’s mind would be clear and open to what the Lord would have him say. 

Silently, I offered my prayer, and the spirit filled the room. The blessing my husband gave, I knew were not his words. My husband is a man of very few words, and this blessing had many. The words told our son exactly what he needed to hear moving forward, and gave him the comfort he needed.

At that moment, I felt connected to the priesthood power like never before. Although I had not been the one to place my hands on my son’s head, speaking inspired words that would help comfort my son in his time of need, I played an integral part in making it happen through heeding the prompting of a loving Heavenly Father.

My priesthood role as the mother in my family is very much there, and I pray that I will be able to continue to use it to bless my family.

Arianne Brown is a mom of nine, who writes for many local and national publications. She finds solace at home with her family and logging miles anywhere her feet will take her. Many of her writings can be found by searching “A Mother’s Write” on Facebook. Contact her at ariannebrown1@gmail.com.