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UPDATE (10/16/2016): Tammy Ward and Hope Haven Events has released an official statement regarding this KUTV 2News report. See statement in the comments section.

On Wednesday, September 21st 2016 KUTV 2News posted the following report regarding Christ-centered energy healing, “The business behind Christ-centered energy healing”.

According to KUTV 2 News, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement regarding it’s position on Christ-centered energy healing.

“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,” (LDS church spokesman Eric Hawkins)

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Note that the statement, if verified, agrees with this compilation of statements by the Prophet Joseph Smith which has been compiled here, “What have LDS Church leaders taught concerning Christ-centered energy healing?”.

Also note this account from the New Testament:

And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me. (Acts 8:18–24)

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Anne
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I hope this report causes anyone involved in Christ-centered energy healing to carefully reconsider. I love the statement referenced from Joseph Smith regarding the essential role of the Priesthood in exercising gifts of the spirit. The Lord’s house is a house of order and His way works! He is the only way to the Father. We can trust His instruction and “methods”! He is just as much a healer today as He was when walking the shores of Galilee. Where is our faith that His way is sufficient to heal every mental, emotional and physical ailment?
Aaron
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These money-changers may evoke the name of our Savior, but what are the fruits? They replace the doctrines and principles of Jesus Christ with their arcane and mystical creeds. With the language of the scriptures void and absent, so is the spirit and power of God. It’s important to remember that the usage of His name does not denote His servants. “For in those days there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant.” (JST… Read more »
Kimberly
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I have a facebook page dedicated to teaching correct gospel principles that govern healing both physical and spiritual and to expose the subtle deceptions found in energy healing. https://www.facebook.com/LDS-Energy-HealingEmotion-Code-Exposed-1557462021236368/?fref=ts As followers of Jesus Christ, whenever we are presented with a new idea or method it is our responsibility to seek to know and do the will of God and not our own. We are to seek truth that God has provided to us through his ordained servants, the Scriptures, the Holy Ghost and through prayer. The Church was very wise to counsel its members to use caution especially since the… Read more »
Samuel
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I think we need to be careful about what we stamp Christ’s name on. Like the above comment mentions, He already has His ways of healing. If we disregard the forms of healing He has already given us, why should we expect (our) methods to work.

Melodee Hale
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Thank you for your comments. Members of my family have been lured into believing that they are happier than they have ever been when they follow the counsel of their energy workers. They tell me that their bishops and stake presidents say that so-called “Christ-centered energy healing” works hand-in-hand with the Priesthood. If those family members were not mistaken about what their Priesthood leaders said, I would hope those (and all) Priesthood leaders would recognize this for what it really is–a subtle, effective way of deceiving hundreds and even thousands of sincere members of the Church seeking something beyond healing… Read more »
Ed Felt
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I can’t find the Church statement on their web site. It would be great to have a reference to the statement. Even if it’s video or audio.

Cameron
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Everything we need to know us in the scriptures. If we look at prophecy and types and shadows in the scriptures, we will see why false doctrines and practices are seeping into the hearts of the members of Christ’s church. The Old and New Testament both warns us not to be involved in pagan practices and not to bring those practices into our worship of God. We then see the pattern of the Israelites ignored this counseled and fell away. The Old Testament is a warning not to mix traditions from the east into the worship. Reiki is a eastern… Read more »
John
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We all have free agency and I believe that God can and will heal as he see’s fit. Priesthood blessing has so many questions like is the priesthood holder giving the blessing worthy and what actually does that mean? I have been told by so many different leaders. That different personal actions question worthiness. The person receiving the blessing requires faith and exception of the blessing. Don’t be like sheep pray and discover for your self. I have been taught that we are here to learn, and if we don’t experience things how do you learn. Yes with the knowledge… Read more »
Shannon O'Brien
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I think Tammy is confusing making money off of a talent and making money off of a gift of the spirit. To me there’s a big difference.

Hugh McKail
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I think this is the “silver bullet” on the money issue as it relates to “Christ-centered” energy healing. It is one thing to receive compensation for our personal work. Another thing to attempt to receive compensation for God’s intervention. Whenever this is attempted, I don’t believe the source will be divine.

Michelle
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To me the problem is blending or combining energy healing with “Christ” and the power of God. I don’t think “energy healing” in general in and of itself is problematic — it is a tool based usually in principles of Eastern medicine that can be very helpful to many people, often much more effective and less problematic than Western medicine. Acupuncture, acupressure, massage, reiki, foot zoning, even chiropractics, and many others are examples of this. The problem for me comes in when people take these tools and call them “Christ” or claim that they heal people (often miraculously) by the… Read more »
Emily
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I called church headquarters department (801-240-1000, ask for correlation department, then press 0). They led me to Eric Hawkins office, the man who responded on behalf of the church in regards to energy healing, making the statement… ““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.” They said it wasn’t published anywhere else and was just a media response. Another man in the public relations department told me that you may be able to… Read more »
Kimberly Smith
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After further pondering this topic,listening, and reading to the debate about “Christ-centered Energy Healing” or just “Energy healing’ in general, i think we are focused on the wrong things. We shouldn’t just be asking, “should money be charged or not” or if we can even label it “Christ-centered”. I think the question we should be asking ourselves is “Should energy healing be done at all in any form whether in Christ’s name or without Christ’s name”? Many LDS and Christians do not really understand what energy healing really is, where it comes from, how it is taught, and what or… Read more »
Michelle
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A few thoughts. First, I hope everyone realizes that everything you are saying about the genesis of Eastern medicine being godless holds even more true for Western medicine. It grows out of an atheistic mindset where science is god. Yet God can work through Western medicine to accomplish His purposes (Elder Nelson’s miraculous mid-operation inspiration is a great example.) There are truths to Eastern medicine that can benefit people as well. I was completely turned off from “energy” medicine for the exact reasons that you state. However it is incorrect to say that all energy healers invoke spirits and claim… Read more »
Kimberly Smith
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Sadly, Western medicine today is defined as “pharmaceuticals and addictive drugs” and also surgery. Most people want to avoid those very two things so they search for alternatives. Thankfully God has a law of health and He has ordained “alternatives”. Actually, if we followed his law of health In the first place, in most cases, we would never need surgery or pills and we wouldn’t be seeking “alternatives”. His law of health requires us to follow the word of wisdom which isn’t just avoiding coffee, Tea, alcohol and other harmful drugs. We are to eat a diet filled with wholesome… Read more »
Isileli
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You are mistaken Kimberly..i have been in The field of”Energy Healing” for over 23 years and I am also a Melchizedek Priesthood holder and have served a mission for the lds church. There are many energy modalities that are very powerful that can be used in great benefit to mankind that are not”devilish” Energy is like water.. neither good note evil.. it’s how you use it that makes it so.. before you make general statements about energy modalities.. healing.. please do a little more research before jumping to conclusions about it.. please look up modalities such as.. accu- therapy, therapeutic… Read more »
Kathy
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One thing to keep in mind is that, yes, we do have the Lord’s law of health but it doesn’t guarantee that health issues won’t arise. I was actually born with what I am dealing with. And sometimes afflictions happen for Divide purposes; one example would be the Apostle Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”.

Melodee Hale
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The “prince of the power of the air” doesn’t care what you call his methods or who gets the credit for them–as long as you use them. Call it Christ-centered, or strictly a tool–just make sure that you use it and that it “works”. That way, more people will use it and more people will be healed using the only power he has–the energy in the air. It is all vanity. Yes it “works” and people are “healed”; however It all leads to misery–even if they have “joy . . . for a season” (3 Nephi 27:11 11 But if… Read more »
Lauri
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I agree.

Jema
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If energy healers are communicating with spirits than that is not of God. The church is clear on that. That would be being a Medium. However, using muscle testing to get answers to health is not channeling spirits. Muscle testing is scientific. It should not be used for major decisions, only regarding health. And real energy work just removes things that blocking the body from naturally healing itself which the body is designed to do at a natural rate. We should not confuse weird practices with scientific ones. And this energy/life source is nothing more than the Light of Christ… Read more »
Mary
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I add my aprreciation to the comments already posted. I have seen the fruits of energy healing. At first they seem so spiritual and so wonderful, but then it becomes more and more extreme as time goes on. Energy healers may start out as Foot zoner, but months down they are participating in sweat lodges, or fire walks. Simple Essential oil use can lead to the use of crystals and tarot cards. It becomes extreme. I have seen friends fall apart mentally because they can’t make a descision without muscle testing. I’ve seen energy healers who now believe they can… Read more »
Kathryn
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“Essential oil use can lead to the use of crystals and tarot cards.” Give me a break!

Lauri
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Just because some misuse tools or gifts doesn’t make it all bad. There are plenty of medical drs. MDs…who misuse their power and authority..who are greedy..or dumb…or evil…
Why is cutting on the body acceptable but healing through pressure points not? Why is putting strong chemicals not properly tested into our bodies OK or seen as good, but putting essential oils from plants on or in our bodies bad?…herbs are wonderful…yoga calms the body…positive energy heals…gratitude heals…anger hurts…greed hurts…tools can be misused…knowledge and skills can be misused.

Caleb Young
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To Lauri and Everyone,
This does not need to be an argument of western vs. eastern medicine. The real issue is that these ‘Christ-centered energy healers’ claim to have a channel to God’s power outside of priesthood authority. They claim to have power from Christ connected to their methods of energy healing. This ‘gift’ they have is being exchanged for money. I consider that a mode of priestcraft–money in exchange for ‘religious’ connection or supposed blessings.

Lisa
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I am so grateful for the restored gospel and living prophets who guide us today. I am grateful for the priesthood and the gift of discernment. I am sorry for the many confused and hurting members who are struggling to stay in line with the church’s recommendations and rely on the channels of proper authority. I pray we will all have ears to hear.

Lauri
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Where has the prophet said don’t use herbs or oils or Eastern or Chinese medicine? Why is American medicine godly but Chinese medicine evil?

James
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I read comments in this article and lots of unnecessary mud-slinging and holier than thou positions. All things that are good come from God. I see many LDS people ripping apart energy people, or faith healing or any ‘non-western’ modality as an incorrect channel, and see many of them praising western medicine in the same channel. There is no revelation that says that western medicine is always good or leads to a good result. In fact many people are given surgeries and are given pain killers prescribed by Medical doctors that are highly addictive. Also many drugs have terrible side… Read more »
Sue
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I have had some concern for this for awhile now. The start of the Christ-centered energy healing movement first began with the Emotion Code and Body Code, founded by an LDS chiropractor from S. Utah. Where it has gone since it first started is into left field- casting out evil spirits, finding weapons of spiritual sabatoge, etc. Mr. Nelson’s original intent was supposedly for people to learn how to identify and release stuck emotions that are causing physical, mental, and emotional (and spiritual) problems- including generational. He originally said his intent was to teach his method of healing around the… Read more »
Jeannetta
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I am SO grateful that the Church has come out with a definitive statement. There is no question in my mind that this “energy healing” stuff is deceiving many.
If it were TRULY of God, then his anointed representatives would teach us about it; instead, they warn us against us. I’m thankful for true and living Prophets and Apostles.

James
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Is a church spokespman an anointed representative? To me it seems a spokesman may or may not have talked to a general authority before issuing the statement he did. And even if he did, according to Joseph Smith “a prophet is only a prophet when he is acting as such”. Am I saying to disobey everything a church leader says? Nope, but every person has the right and responsibility consult with the Lord on every gospel question they have to receive a revelation on their own to see if any church leader is speaking for the Lord. Frankly it seems… Read more »
Isileli
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Amen to that.

Kathy Napier
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It’s amazing to me how many people have fallen for EH. And most of them felt funny or that something was off but went ahead anyway. The Holy Ghost is the still, small voice…not false euphoria which these people have felt.

Kathy Napier
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I also felt that the statement made on behalf of the Church was pretty clear. Stay away from this stuff.

Regina
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I think people may have it all wound up and mixed in their heads. Christ centered energy healing ISN’T a method or modality. She used that term so others would know the “alternative” side of healing, which consists of many, many methods and modalities, isn’t just for those people who don’t know Jesus. These methods work because they work, one does not have to include the Lord in their sessions to find powerful, positive results anymore than in cognitive therapy or medicine. A Christ Centered practitioner is simply someone who believes in Christ and is open to prayer, like the… Read more »
M. Hermann
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I notice that in the above New Testament reference, Simon sought to buy or purchase the power of the priesthood, and that his intent was to pass along the gift of the Holy Ghost. To me, this does not equate at all, to those who seek to use their divine gift of the Holy Ghost, to help others with medical or other problems. I received a priesthood blessing and later sought out a highly trained and professional “counselor” who is proficient in the techniques of what I call “the body code”, to help me get past some blockages in my… Read more »
Tammy Ward
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Official Statement from Hope Haven Events On August 9, 2016, Channel 2, KUTV news requested to come to our conference and also record an interview with Hope Haven Events as part of a story they were airing to promote awareness around ‘Christ-centered Energy Healing’. Comments and video segments were edited in a way that grossly misrepresented the purpose, position and efforts of Hope Haven Events. Some information included in the segment was not only misrepresented and exaggerated, it was completely untrue. We wish to set the record straight and pray that those who read this statement will feel the truthfulness… Read more »
Brett Carlson
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Tammy,
you are painfully deceived. You’ve heard from your leaders, you know there is doubt with the work you do with your followers,and now you have a Church statement from Headquarters. You have been warned; what you do from here is damning you and others you lead. Please take the advice you’ve been given and leave this alone.

Julie
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I honestly feel that these groups fall into self-awareness groups and should be avoided at all cost. And if you don’t know if it does, then do as President Faust taught “When in doubt it’s out!” Self-Awareness Groups Many private groups and commercial organizations have programs that purport to increase self-awareness, self-esteem, and spirituality. Some groups promise to enhance individual agency or improve family relationships. Some offer “experiential” or “empowerment” training. Some of these groups falsely claim or imply that the Church or individual General Authorities have endorsed their programs. However, the Church has not endorsed any such enterprise, and… Read more »
Kimberly Smith
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In Tammy Ward’s “official statement” she address the purpose of Hope haven events without clarifying or even addressing the concerns that surrounds “Christ Centered Energy Healing” and the warnings addressed by the Church. i would like to point out several fallacies in Tammy Ward’s statement that energy healing is simply a “holistic health practice”. First, Christ Centered Energy healing is absolutely marketed to LDS members. It is marketed as a “spiritual gift” and those that learn any energy healing “modality” from the emotion code to Reiki are told they have a spiritual gift and the are also told that while… Read more »
Mim
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Well said Kimberly! It’s truly sad to watch so many get sucked in by it. I absolutely believe that it’s priestcraft. It’s satan’s counterfeit.

Melodee Hale
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Tammy will probably not answer you. I believe she will ignore anything that threatens her “business”. Too bad no one taught her that Satan will use “miracles” to deceive. Her diapered son was “healed” and that made her “a believer”. I feel sorry for those who are so desperate for a cure that they will embrace the occult–usually without even realizing it.

Annie
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This whole thing saddens me. Not all energy healers pray before an energy session. That is highly inappropriate and I can’t believe they’d allow the news to record that. I also wonder why Robin is touching the woman, does she have a license to touch? It is my understanding that there is no touching in reiki. Also if a person is charging enormous amounts of money and has it on their website it’s free game for the media. Energy healing can be a beautiful thing when used in the right context, some take it too far. Some take many things… Read more »
Spencer
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I have been to 3 women that do this. They did not offer me or tell me I would have a quick fix. They did not claim to use or possess in themselves some power that was like the Priesthood. They were active women, with strong testimonies and good countenances. So far nothing the 3 women I have seen have done anything contrary to what the brethren warned against. Western medicine and herbs simply aid the body to heal itself, if it is a good product. We are souls: body, brain, spirit. A legitimate Christ-centred energy healer simply helps unlock… Read more »
Spencer
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I also should note that the women I saw were not part of this specific “Christ centred energy healing” place. One was in Ontario and the other two are in my home town in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This article seems to be a response directed at the Christ centred energy healing institution.

Ruth
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So interesting! I think the truth is when anything becomes a distraction and we forget to take our issues to the Lord in faith and trust: in authentic prayer (ask), purposeful scripture study (seek) and studying our pat blessings and lean into the automatic blessings in faith of Christ’s Atonement, our covenants (especially baptismal, sacramental and initiatories) we fall susceptible to other practices and entities that don’t align to His Will. And and and We are slothful though if we have to be commanded in all things. We are to do much good and learn many skills and develop gifts… Read more »
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