Murphy’s Law, “if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong,” is universal. Even the Lord’s church is not exempt.
The Bible provides that elders should anoint the sick with consecrated olive oil. “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” (James 5:14; see also D&C 43-44)
My young granddaughter was sick and requested a priesthood blessing. I would “anoint,” and her father would “seal” the anointing.
He handed me a large plastic pint bottle filled with olive oil. It was like a squeeze honey bottle. (It might not have actually been a pint bottle, and my old brain might be confabulating a little. But it was quite large.)
I took the cap of the top and tried to gently squeeze a drop or two onto my granddaughter’s head. No oil came out.
So, I squeezed a little harder. No success.
At this point, I should have cleared the blockage with a pin. But I was frustrated and not thinking clearly. I was bound and determined to win this battle against the stubborn bottle. So, I squeezed with my might.
Suddenly, the whole top of the bottle blew off, and my granddaughter was doused in a pint of olive oil. Her hair was drenched.
At first the family gasped. Then everyone, including my granddaughter, broke out into uncontrollable laughter.
Then the jokes started flying. “Was this a life long anointing?” “Will she ever need to be anointed again throughout her life?” “Will this prevent any future illnesses?” “Will her hair be super healthy?“
This wasn’t the most spiritual or miraculous anointing, but it was certainly the most memorable.
(See: Dallin H. Oaks, “Healing the Sick,” Apr. Gen. Conf. 2010)
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