Renowned LDS Energy Healer Renounces Practice, Invites Others to Follow the Brethren

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In an emotional YouTube video, Aimee Benefield, a mother of six and owner of Warrior Events, publicly renounced the practice of energy healing and will no longer be selling any of her products.

Warrior Events was a personal development mentoring company which offered various resources and programs to assist people in strengthening themselves mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

However, after deep reflection, and in part due to Elder M. Russell Ballard’s General Conference address in October of 2017, Aimee decided that she needed to be fully aligned with the brethren of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Elder Ballard specifically warned church members against energy healing in his address:

In some places, too many of our people are looking beyond the mark and seeking secret knowledge in expensive and questionable practices to provide healing and support.

An official Church statement, issued one year ago, states: “We urge Church members to be cautious about participating in any group that promises—in exchange for money—miraculous healings or that claims to have special methods for accessing healing power outside of properly ordained priesthood holders.”11

The Church Handbook counsels: “Members should not use medical or health practices that are ethically or legally questionable. Local leaders should advise members who have health problems to consult with competent professional practitioners who are licensed in the countries where they practice.”12

Brothers and sisters, be wise and aware that such practices may be emotionally appealing but may ultimately prove to be spiritually and physically harmful.

While acknowledging that much of what energy healing teaches is truth, Benefield gives many reasons for her change of heart – the strain it placed on family relationships, that some elements of energy healing were “just plain evil”, and the truth that God invites all to come and be healed without money.

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Part of Benefield’s statement on her website reads:

I stand with the leaders of my church and as such I am no longer selling any of my programs/products. I have also chosen not to listen to or recommend the following resources anymore: Julie Rowe, John Pontius, Mike Stroud, Kirk Duncan, Tammy Ward, all those associated with the world’s version of energy/faith work/healing, muscle testing etc. Reiki, My Perfection Healing, Wendi Jensen, Quantum Touch, Emotion Code and Body Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson. 

You will have to get your own answers on what needs to change for you.  But this is where I am at right now.  Anyone who is using The Healer Of Light Program I ask that you please delete it and please don’t share it with others.    

I am grateful for the wake-up call and I understand if others no longer trust me or want to follow what I share.  My plan is to weed out of my life anything that goes counter to the pure doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I hope that by sharing my story it might help others who have strayed, to course correct.   

Aimee Benefield’s full story can be watched in the YouTube video above. She explains what she has encountered over the last three years and how she ultimately came to the realization that she had been ignoring red flags all along the way.

Benefield mentions many times that much of what she was teaching was good, and she never hoped to deceive anyone. She truly thought she was on the Lord’s errand. In retrospect, she can now see that some things she taught were distractions.

My plan is to weed out of my life anything that goes counter to the pure doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Her courage and determination to follow the counsel of a living prophet is admirable and will hopefully be a blessing to others who are looking to outside sources for the hope and healing that only comes through the pure doctrine of Jesus Christ as taught by the apostles and prophets in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For another take on energy healing, you can hear one woman’s experience with energy healing and her takeaways > click here.

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  • Bravo! I admire your courage and your faith, and will use you and this experience as an example for my future. Thank you!

  • Not sure why she included people in her statement that don’t practice energy healing and I know of one that openly stated the same thing and Elder Ballard. She seemed to lump many together.

  • I read the Emotion Code book this past year and was able to heal a serious bowell infection.

    It feels odd to me to attempt to identify “who” Elder Ballard was referring to with his talk, when he himself did not offer specific names or practices.

    I have serious issues with anyone making gobs of money from the physical and emotion diseases that plague us all.

    So until we add obstetricians and psychiatrists to the lists of those engaged in priestcraft, I believe it would be better to allow individual members to determine how their healthcare dollars will be spent, and stop flinging mud at those who are looking for alternatives to traditional medicine.

    It is so easy to stand in judgement of those who are ill and say, “You idiot, if you had just tried this or that, you would be well.”

    Jenny Hatch

  • If she feels that she should no longer do the work she was doing, then I’m very glad she has stopped.

    But to say that all those who have been blessed with the Gift of the Spirit that is Healing, and say that all LDS people who do these things is wrong is not for her to decide.

    We were admonished to be very careful, and that is not new advice. Yes, many of those doing “Energy Work” are listening to any spirit that speaks to them.

    But there are some who are in constant communication with the Holy Ghost, reading their scriptures daily, praying always, and receiving Priesthood Blessings often that are doing the Lord’s work.

    I strongly suggest that you pray before you learn from anyone and/or let someone work on you. This is a serious work and needs much prayer. I also suggest you attend the temple often, not a few times a month, but OFTEN.

    If you know the person you are working with is always striving to be in tune with Heavenly Father, then learn from them. They will not contradict Church doctrine or profess to know more than the prophets and apostles. They will be inline with what the brethren are saying.

    Where I do not know most of those who she listed, I do know Kirk Duncan and he is very in tune with the spirit and invites others through his work to learn about the church.

    I feel the spirit when I listen to Kirk and attend his seminars. There is nothing he has ever said, that I’ve heard, that in any way goes against the brethren.

    But, as I said, if this lady feels she should no longer do energy work, then she certainly shouldn’t. But it is troubling that she has called people out and condemned them, is essence, because she has felt she shouldn’t do something.

    Just follow the spirit and make sure that who you are working with does not go against church doctrine or the brethren.

  • Aimee, you are brave and straight-up – this is the best thing you could have done. Thank you. I could identify with so much of what you said – went there, did more than you did in terms of spending money on “courses” , etc, lost my testimony and the right to the Spirit but, unlike you, I wasn’t obedient and I lost 21 years. Thank you for helping me refocus and seeing where I could be even more committed to the Saviour. I have been on my return journey for seven years and it’s been a huge struggle. It is slowly getting easier but you are right. The priesthood authority is real and there is that one over-riding fact – the church is true and we need to be committed to that 110%. As the Maori in New Zealand say, “Kia Kaha” – stand strong.

  • So what is the “pure doctrine of Jesus Christ” taught today vs what Joseph and the scriptures taught? Looks like it doesn’t include Lectures on Faith (cause Joseph vouched for something that differed on the definition of Godhead), tithing being 1/10 of surplus (left over after all debts are paid), etc, etc

  • The Experience that Joseph had with the the other side of the veil, with energy, with unseen things that were real and his absolute knowledge of those things being real. The Lds church was created around those things ! Now we want to shun them and put our trust in someone who absolutely doesn’t know what he is talking about ? Remember it was Ballard’s father that was part of the comity that got rid of the lectures on faith 1/3 of the D &C ! Because it was to magical ! Remember it was Ballard’s father who also changed section 7 in the D&C, the Gift of Aaron from the magical view to the logical view ! Took it upon themselves to change the D&C ! The LDS church was created from a magical experience by a man who was and is tapped into the magical side. It’s absolutely real ! And to be guided to avoid this and be lead to a pharmaceutical educated, lisenced individual, with no clue of the evil intent behind this industry is being very very uninformed! You can have your view along with Ballard, but I’m going to keep my absolute testimony and experience of miracles that have evolved from all these things Aimee is throwing away to follow an opinion of man ! If it blesses lives, if it heals, if it sent you free, if it’s love, it’s from the Savior, Period !

  • First, she should not have dragged anyone else’s name into this. That was very wrong.

    Second, last year after witnessing several people be chastised and verbally abused for doing energy work I called and talked with several departments at LDS headquarters and was told it was the same as hiring a personal trainer and to use discernment, dont hire anyone who promises healing.

    Anyways I was curious what they would say after the conference talk that people have gone batty over and used it as a reason to ridicule and abuse others, and just called again and was transferred to public relations and was told the same. That they are not taking any official stance on MLM or energy work and this talk was just to tell people to use discernment in all they do. I was very stern on the fact this abuse and ridicule is happening bc of this talk and he said that if people are being threatened by their bishop to stop energy work (like Several I know have) then to go up higher. And they know about the huge energy healing conferences and that the church and the speaker of that talk did not have any official stance on it.

  • She did not “condem” anyone. She said multiple times, “I’m not their judge “ she said “don’t come to me for answers, go to god” she is simply sharing her experience, if people want to post mean comments about her I think it’s pretty clear who is done no the condemning. Her advice was this: align yourself with the brotheren if the church. Don’t let anything distract you from the true source of healing, availability to all for free. Each individual is responsible for their own actions and decisions. Don’t judge.

    Even if you don’t agree with her, you can all still be nice 😉

    This is the most humble person I have ever come across on you tube. She is as genuine as they come.

  • She did not “condemn” anyone. She said multiple times, “I’m not their judge “ she said “don’t come to me for answers, go to god” she is simply sharing her experience, if people want to post mean comments about her I think it’s pretty clear who is doing the condemning. Her advice was this: align yourself with the brethren of the church. Don’t let anything distract you from the true source of healing, the saviors atonement availability to all for free. Each individual is responsible for their own actions and decisions. Don’t judge.

    Even if you don’t agree with her, you can all still be nice 😉

    This is the most humble person I have ever come across on you tube. She is as genuine as they come.

  • “I have also chosen not to listen to or recommend the following resources anymore: Julie Rowe, John Pontius, Mike Stroud, Kirk Duncan, Tammy Ward, all those associated with the world’s version of energy/faith work/healing, muscle testing etc. Reiki, My Perfection Healing, Wendi Jensen, Quantum Touch, Emotion Code and Body Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson.”

    While it may be best for her not to promote these individuals and modalities anymore, she shouldn’t be defaming the individuals and modalities who have been helping so many. Some of us wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for some of these individuals and modalities. Is she inferring that we’ve used priestcrafts to become healed and therefore shouldn’t be alive? If I weren’t supposed to be here, the Lord would have taken me home long ago. I for one, am grateful for the gift of life I’ve been given due in part to the knowledge and healing I’ve received through some of these individuals and modalities that the Lord placed in my life. I have chosen to thank the Lord from whence this knowledge and healing came. So please don’t bash on my right to be alive as a result of healing in this manner. And please don’t bash on these individuals and modalities for the roles they have played in bringing that healing to me and countless others who are in the same situation.

  • A lot can be said about healings. In 2002 180 people in a Huston Texas were used in a test about placebo surgery on their knee. Half received the surgery the others had incisions, but only the incision was as far as it went. 2 years later both groups were practically all painless and could walk as well as the others. That was due to the faith they had, along with their attitude and outlook on how they expected their future would be. Our brain is connected to all of our parts and from what they found out it was in control of the healing of not just the surgery patients but those with the paleo surgery. Test byJ.B. MOSELEY AND COWORKERS. Our mind-body connection is central to our health, Our beliefs, thoughts, and emotions impact our health

    Our Doctors get paid for what medical advice they give, be it in the medical field or the books they write. Many OD sold their own medicines when I was young.

    To me, the problem is when a healer calls for a spirit from the other side .(Necromancy, see 1 Samuel).

    Chiropractors, physical therapist, muscle testers and a massage, touch for health, reflexology, etc are all alike. I found this site because I have been associated with all the above with much success for my health from people who were in the business, each was a good standing member of the church. I received a book on Reiki for Christmas. A few chapters in, I learned that you could hold a painful area for relief. I had a neuropathy attack on my foot at 3:30 am. I grabbed my foot and held on instead of getting up and packing it in ice. Soon the pain eased up until I turned loose. The stabbing pain started up again. It was uncomfortable holding my foot. One of the reliefs was to place your hands on your head. I decided to try that, it worked, and I wasn’t in a pretzel position anymore holding my foot. I held that position for awhile and the pain was gone. I had damaged my shoulder and a physical therapist gave me exercises to do. Several weeks later was Christmas and I was still having a lot of pain. I thought about holding the shoulder after I first started reading the book. I held my left hand to my right shoulder, and a short time later the pain quit and hasn’t returned. Boy, was I sold on this touching my painful areas for relief. It also said to place both hands on my head for relief. All seem to be so fast and a dash fix,
    until I read tonight where the author suggested reaching out to someone on the other side for help renew the energy drain. That, to me, was against my belief (necromancy) and I will not do that. If I need strength I will ask my father in heaven.

    I feel you need to be careful. An old farmer suggested to me that carrying a dried potato in your pocket would cure arthritis, and I suggested that to my wife. If carrying that small dried potato in your pocket for years (you most likely bought it) cures your arthritis as it has with my wife, go for it. If you sell a potato to heal someone, the Lord is not going to condemn you. We can use common sense in our life and pray for guidance. The Lord won’t lead you astray. I am not familiar with all the above , but I think very little of the self remerdies are wrong. My kidneys were almost to the stage of dyalisis before the Doctors caught it. I started on herbs and Applecider vinegar with mother mixed 2 tablespoons to a glass of root beer. My doctor was amazed at the results now 50+ percent. My mom rubbed my stomach when I was little, it still works. That’s energy healing

  • Energy Healing has caused the destruction of my marriage and family. My wife got into this crap several years ago. All it did was move her straight into the occult. Magic rocks, chakras, talking with the dead, reincarnation, delusions, etc. etc.

    Satan can heal. Satan can appear as an angel of light. Satan uses light to deceive (he can’t use darkness – think about it). Satan is a master deceiver, he will use good to deceive.

    By their fruits ye shall know them… The only fruits I have seen are heartache and confusion. I have always wondered why my wife could heal everyone else, but couldn’t heal herself or heal our marriage. Weird.

    If you’re into this, step away. Healing only comes through the Atonement of Christ and then through the channels of the Priesthood. This is precisely so for our protection.

  • The gifts of the spirit are for all to have and use. Not just men with the Priesthood can have access to the gift to heal. It is sometimes difficult to understand how someone can do something if you do not have that specific gift. We have been counselled to search out our gifts and use them, even to use our gifts in our employment. Do you think Pres Nelson might have have the gift to heal? Do you think that maybe every LDS member who has developed their spiritual gifts may be using them one way or another in their places of employment? One day we will be able to live the law of concecration and be able to use our gifts without being paid. That is what we are all looking forward to, right. D&C 46:7 holds the key to understanding what is and isnt’ of God. When I was a young girl, I was told what one of my spiritual gifts was. I did not know then that the path that was before me was to use my gifts to help those in my life to heal. All healing comes from the Saviour, we can just be instruments in His hands. Q. Who can do this work? A. D&C 84:64-73

  • The church acts as if it’s the only source of truth. Sad day, it’s just another religion after all. I feel bad I once followed these leaders.

  • Austin, if by “acting as if it’s the only source of truth” you mean they have never said anything of the sort and in fact clearly state that truth is found in many places and in many religions, then yes, they do.

    “Mormonism,” so-called, embraces every principle pertaining to life and salvation, for time and eternity. No matter who has it. If the infidel has got truth it belongs to “Mormonism.” The truth and sound doctrine possessed by the sectarian world, and they have a great deal, all belong to this Church. As for their morality, many of them are, morally, just as good as we are. All that is good, lovely, and praiseworthy belongs to this Church and Kingdom. “Mormonism” includes all truth. There is no truth but what belongs to the Gospel. It is life, eternal life; it is bliss; it is the fulness of all things in the gods and in the eternities of the gods.” – Brigham Young.

  • I have read three of the authors mention. I enjoyed reading them all. I have a science background and I have a natural hunger for information. I also have healthy skepticism. I will read just about anything because I know that I am not necessarily reading “truth” with a capital T. I am reading other people’s truth and I get to see new information and new perspectives. I use my life experiences and knowledge to test things that are new and choose portions of other people’s experiences that ring true to me. Not every thing I read from those authors I agreed with or I accepted. Never the less there was a lot of good material worthy of pondering. I am hesitant to discount peoples experiences and with a broad brush nd label them right or wrong. I see a lot of that in the the comments of others. I thought this hour long “confession” was heart felt along worthy of my attention.

  • Please forgive me for essentially calling out the writer of this blog 😓 (who I know meant well), but I feel this is very important to mention. They have stated that the church spoke out “specifically against energy healing.” They did not. Nowhere in their statement did they use the words “energy healing.” We must be careful when sharing our leaders statements that we do not put words in their mouths. When our church leaders want to give explicit instructions they do so without reserve. They have told us specially on many occasions not to “smoke,” “drink,” “engage in premarital sex” and so on. If they want to tell us specifically not to engage in energy healing they will do so with as much readiness as they ever have about other things.

    As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints any one of us should know that you do not engage in anything that can be referred to in any way as “evil.” If this woman was into some kind of “energy healing” that had such aspects, I am grateful to hear that she got away from it. The scriptures as well as modern day church leaders have spoken very plainly about those sorts of things-they are evil, not of God and we should stay away from them.

    But I want to express my concern over the blanket term “energy healing” because it creates mass confusion about two things that are very, very different from each other. I want to explain each of them for anyone who needs clarification, and I hope that a new term can be created to separate the two.

    “Energy healing” has often referred to the “dark mystics” and “magical” workings that draw upon powers opposite of God for the so-called purpose of healing. This kind of “energy healing” is usually associated with those who practice witchcraft, necromancy and the like. Obviously this work is not and cannot be of God.

    But “energy healing” in more recent years has also come to refer to something purely scientific and in no way associated with the “dark mystics” whatsoever. I am personally very familiar with Quantum Touch and the Emotion Code by Dr Bradley Nelson and I can personally testify that both of these modalities are built entirely on scientific research and evidence that proves that what they do can both positively impact and help the body to heal itself. Neither Dr Nelson or Richard Gordon of Quantum Touch take credit for the healings that take place in their modalities and both teach their students the same principles: God has planted within each of our bodies the innate knowledge to heal themselves and even know what they need to heal. Through proper diet, exercise, positive thinking, positive lifestyle choices, and focusing energy in a scientific manner to where it is needed in our bodies or the body of another person we can assist our/their bodies in recovering or even healing from illnesses and ailments. Hence none of us are healers when working on another person, it is the sick person who is healing themselves, we are just helping them to do so by aiding them with helpful energy.

    The church has always been a supporter of science. If something can be proven with science, they have respect for it. Since both of these modalities are first of all in no way connected with evil (and even insist that we beware of modalities that are and/or promote negative ideas or take credit for the healing), and second of all are actually provable with science, and third of all give complete credit to God and the person healing themselves through proper practices (some even similar to following the word of wisdom), I cannot find any reason to discredit them, call them evil or disuade anyone from studying them.

    As someone else mentioned, God tells us “By their fruits ye shall know them.” I have never seen or heard anything in over decade of being familiar with these two modalities that is evil, encourages us towards evil or is harmful in any way.

    On another important note, the church has discouraged us from engaging in “healing practices” that claim to offer “secret knowledge.” There is nothing secretive about either of these modalities. The Quantum Touch book is offered in its entirety as a free download on the Quantum Touch website, and the Emotion Code book is easy to find at libraries and online stores such as amazon. If anyone is curious about them, I would encourage you to study them out for yourselves, pray and consider the scientific evidence presented for them.

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