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Dear Gramps,
I have a very close friend that is not a member of the Mormon Church, but I love her dearly. Some time ago, she experimented with satanic rituals, was possessed, and as a result, now suffers from a terminal cerebral hemorrhage. Ever since she told me about this, I have not only been worried for her physical well being, but also her spiritual. After a deep discussion, she agreed to work towards becoming a member. I would like to know if there is anything that a priesthood blessing could do to help her physically, and what the pathway would be like for her to be washed clean again.
Adam, from Provo, Utah

Dear Adam,
From what you have said, one must deduce that the cerebral hemorrhage followed the satanic rituals. And somehow a conclusion has been drawn that there is a causal connection between the two. That could possibly be so, but it is also possible, and highly probable that the relationship between the two circumstances is only coincidental.
Regardless, the efficacy of a priesthood blessing is a major function of the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ of the person receiving the blessing. In considering such a blessing I would discount any unique Satanic influence. By that I mean that in one sense Satan is the source of all ill, which should not be discounted, but that her condition resulted from some satanic ritual may be no more than a mere coincidence. If she would like a priesthood blessing, you could do that yourself if you hold the Melchizedek priesthood. But I would recommend that you consider involving the bishop of your Ward. If she is working toward becoming a member it could be very beneficial for her to meet the bishop and develop, through her illness, a relationship with him.

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