Melanie Stroud

Episode 10

Matthew 8-9; Mark 2-5 

“Thy Faith Hath Made Thee Whole”

This episode talks about the many miracles of Jesus.  The episode goes more into depth about what these miracles teach us about faith, the Savior and we discuss what we personally can learn from each miracle.

I interview a friend named Lara Mortensen who had inflammatory breast cancer and her experience with the story of the woman with the issue of blood.  It’s so great.  You don’t want to miss it!

This was a great quote by Dallin H. Oaks, from his talk “Healing the Sick.” It talks about the importance of using modern medicine AND faith.  The talk was referenced in the manual.

“The use of medical science is not at odds with our prayers of faith and our reliance on priesthood blessings. When a person requested a priesthood blessing, Brigham Young would ask, “Have you used any remedies?” To those who said no because “we wish the Elders to lay hands upon us, and we have faith that we shall be healed,” President Young replied: “That is very inconsistent according to my faith. If we are sick, and ask the Lord to heal us, and to do all for us that is necessary to be done, according to my understanding of the Gospel of salvation, I might as well ask the Lord to cause my wheat and corn to grow, without my plowing the ground and casting in the seed. It appears consistent to me to apply every remedy that comes within the range of my knowledge, and [then] to ask my Father in Heaven … to sanctify that application to the healing of my body.”

I also talk about my dad’s cancer and his attitude before his death.  But one thing I realized when I listened to it again this afternoon, is that I did a HUGE injustice to my mother.  She, also, had an AMAZING attitude that helped ALL of us get through that time.  My dad said, “I accept whatever the Lord has for me… ” but so did my mother.  And that may have been the harder acceptance of God’s will.  We never heard her say, “I didn’t plan on being 49 with 6 kids and a widow.  This isn’t how it was supposed to work out!”  She NEVER complained and never made it an issue.  She was amazing.  And I’m so sorry that I left her out of the story.  I guess I was just thinking of the physical healing stories and so I referenced my dad’s cancer.  But emotionally being healed and strengthened by the Lord was definitely a miracle that my mom was blessed with.  No doubt.  I’m so grateful for the example of BOTH my parents in accepting God’s will with strength and grace. 

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15 thoughts on “Episode 10”

  1. Mandie Wallace

    Loved this!!

    Jesus’ ministry and purpose are for HEALING. When we sin, we have a spiritual infirmity. When we are sad, depressed, going through some stuff, we have emotional infirmities. When we pray for the sick or give blessings for the sick– physical infirmity. We go to Heavenly Father and use the Atonement for healing from all these afflictions. About a month ago started a detox for my autoimmune and nothing big was happening until recently. It is common with this detox to have retracing of ailments and emotions
    and I hadn’t really had anything Then the impression came to me that I needed to *allow* myself to emotionally detox. I’ve tried some before… This time was different, though, I felt led through the spirit by Jesus. I felt the warmth of His love showing me things from my life and telling me to forgive myself and let it go– to let Him heal me. It was like feeling outside and inside my body at the same time with so much lightness. So we have to let it go and LET HIM heal us.

  2. Lara Mortensen

    Thank you for letting me be a part of your podcast! I look forward to the insights you have each week. And I’ve only said “well Melanie said” once in Gospel Doctrine class! 😜 I really loved the reminder of our part in our spiritual journey that we are given by the friends who climbed the roof and lowered their friend on his bed down to the Savior. Our testimony and our faith won’t be handed to us on a silver platter, we have to make the effort. It reminds me of what it says in the scriptures that even if we have done nothing but have the desire to be faithful and to put the effort in required of us, it’s a place to start and it will get us moving in the right direction. I also loved the way you looked at the example of the Centurion. So often I feel just like the centurion did in thinking that I’m not worthy enough, but the Savior and our Father in Heaven love us with a perfect love. It’s not predicated by the things we do. They ALWAYS love us and they ALWAYS want to be a part of our lives. Such a good reminder! Love you my friend!

  3. Soooo Jake is my cousin too! (Well by marriage to my cousin but it’s all the same to me). So basically your best friend and I are related. And since she’s one of your best friends and your other best friend Nanci in CA (who turned me on to this podcast) and I are friends … we are basically best friends already. So let me know when you need a place to stay when you come visit the beach this summer. 😉 thanks for the time and love you put into this podcast.

    1. Melanie Wellman

      Yes! The way we connect is almost like sisters! It’s amazing. I’ll come to the beach tomorrow. I’m getting sick of this place. You and Nanci and I can laugh and play some whole weekend. It’s a fantastic idea.

  4. My sister recommended your podcast and I’m in love! I’ve been praying for a physical health miracle for nearly a year but listening to this podcast gave me an epiphany. The Lord HAS given me a miracle. He has revolutionized my heart. A year ago I was attending a non denominational Christian Church and slowly becoming resentful and anti LDS. This physical situation has brought me back to the church I was raised in and got me to go through the temple for my own endowments. That is A MIRACLE!. THANK YOU. The temple has blessed my home and I immensely already and I pray that it’s peace can ultimately bring physical healing too. God is good. I appreciate the time you put into this podcast.

    1. Melanie Wellman

      I love this perspective and your beautiful attitude! I’m glad you like the podcast and please send me a picture of your eyeballs peaking over your recommend!! I love those pictures. I’m so glad you’re back!

  5. I’m sure your father is better than Mitt.Mitt is no friend to Utah or the nation of God He does not support the wall that will help protect the US. He wants forced vaccines that would absolutely take away anyone’s right to choose. He is a wolf in sheeps clothing.

  6. Hi Melanie,
    I have only found your site tonight. I love your podcasts. I am in Adelaide, South Australia.
    I love the perspectives and the way that you teach the scriptures. I will look forward to checking in regularly to your site and re-hearing your Podcasts. Thank you for your time and effort.


    1. Melanie Wellman

      Wooo Hooo! You may be my first international listener. That’s so cool. And if I ever go to Australia, I now have a place to stay!

  7. Natasha Bailey

    I just had to tell you that again you made me cry this week. When you talked about your dad and how they were able to get the tumor out. When I went in for my surgery to remove my benign tumor I told my husband and mom that the surgery will be from 4 to 5 hours. They came back to Spencer in just over two hours and it just popped right out. I have complete faith in the prayers of everyone in my behalf, and their faith that loosened “Junior “ and helped them to get him right out of my spine. FAITH is Real! Prayers ARE Answered!!! Love You!!! Love your podcast!!! 🥰😍😘

    1. Melanie Wellman

      Faith IS real and prayers are answered and I miss Camp Lomia and working with you and Janice and Kristy and running around crazy in the woods and pretending to be Mona and getting in trouble, although I was the boss so I am not sure who I got in trouble from, but whatever. I miss camp and you and I’m glad your tumor was removed!!

  8. Melanie, I absolutely love your enthusiasm and faith!! You are an amazing example of love, gratitude, and perseverance!! Thank you so much for sharing your insight and experiences. They give me a brighter outlook, and that is precious to me!!

  9. So I loved your comments about that recently returned missionary. At first I thought you must have visited my ward! We had the same experience with a returned sister missionary this last Sunday! Oh My Goodness! Her testimony lit up the whole chapel! It brought tears to my my eyes. What a happy person who just radiates the gospel message. And how we all need to be that way. The happiest people on earth for sure!

    Thank you for your podcast. I listen while I am drawing at work (illustrator) and you are so down to earth. Thank you for being real.

  10. Okay, just a bit of correction here. I was telling my husband about the chemo analogy and he had cornerns about this. He’s a bishop and 7 years ago we watched our then, 9 yr old aughter, go through chemo. It was hell on earth. Chemo kills good and bad cells. And it leaves you with lifelong sife effects. ( now we don’t have to worry about bevause she’s in heaven). While the repentance process can be difficult, it’s completely healing. All the lifelong side effects are only good. Every step you take in the Atonement of Jesus Chris is pure light and makes you better. Not sacrificing one function for another as chemo does. Just a thought to add.

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