So here's what I wrote in my journal about the full story of my leg.
So I had known for awhile now that Elder Holland was going to come to the mission, probably for about a month and we weren't able to tell anyone. Prior to that, I was told that I would be getting surgery for my meniscus and possibly my ACL as well and there was a big chance that I would be going home. Much of it was depending on if my ACL was torn or not - that would largely determine whether or not I would be allowed to stay on my mission. I received a blessing from my Mission President before going in for the MRI's for my leg. It said that in time my leg would be fully healed. When we got the results from the MRI they said that my ACL was fine now and they would not have to do anything with it. My meniscus however, was still torn and the doctor said that I would need surgery. Surgery was scheduled for Jan 15th. One morning I had the thought come to me to ask Elder Holland for a blessing to heal my leg completely, when the thought came to me I felt the Spirit super strong that I needed to ask him for a blessing. That morning for personal study I studied the Apostles ability to heal. I found some scriptures and a quote from Elder Holland in the edition of the Ensign from the last General Conference. This is what I found:
1. Matthew 4:23 -And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. (So obviously Christ could heal all manner of sickness and I considered my leg to be a manner of sickness -)
2. Matthew 10:1 - 1 And when he had acalled unto him his btwelve disciples, he gave them cpower against dunclean spirits, to cast them out, and toeheal all manner of fsickness and all manner of disease. (And he gave that power to the 12 apostles back in the day)
3. Here is the quote from conference "I testify from the bottom of my heart, with the intensity of my soul, to all who can hear my voice that those apostolic keys have been restored to the earth. And are found in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints." (So this obviously means that he has that same power to heal as the apostles of old did. Which means if I ask him for a blessing he would be able to heal my leg right?)
4. Moroni 7:27, 29, 35, 36, 37 -
27 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, have amiracles ceased because Christ hath ascended into heaven, and hath sat down on the right hand of God, to bclaim of the Father his rights of mercy which he hath upon the children of men?
29 And because he hath done this, my beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have aangels ceased to minister unto the children of men.
35 And now, my beloved brethren, if this be the case that these things are true which I have spoken unto you, and God will show unto you, with apower and great glory at the last bday, that they are true, and if they are true has the day of miracles ceased?
36 Or have angels ceased to appear unto the children of men? Or has he awithheld the power of the Holy Ghost from them? Or will he, so long as time shall last, or the earth shall stand, or there shall be one man upon the face thereof to be saved?
37 Behold I say unto you, Nay; for it is by faith that amiracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men; wherefore, if these things have ceased wo be unto the children of men, for it is because of bunbelief, and all is vain.
So I knew that miracles still happened as long as we had sufficient faith. Knowing faith is a verb. I wanted to make sure I was showing the Lord that I had unwavering faith. I fasted for a miracle.
After studying these scriptures I knew without a doubt that Elder Holland could heal my leg. I tried talking with my Mission President to see how I would be able to go about asking an Apostle for a blessing (not something I'm experienced at haha). He told me that I probably should just rely on the faith of my previous blessing. 3 days before Elder Holland came I asked him a second time if I could ask him for a blessing. Again I was told it probably wasn't the best idea. I knew that I wanted to ask him still so the next few days before he came I decided to try and plan out how I was going to ask him. I knew I had felt the Spirit and I knew I was going to get a blessing from him.
So- Fast forward to the day when he was coming. After much time thinking and planning for how I was going to get a 1 on 1 with him so I could ask the question- I had nothing. I wanted to ask him for a blessing but I also did not want to go against my Mission President so I kind of came to a fork in the road. I decided just to pray and in my prayer I told God I wanted a blessing from Elder Holland and didn't want to go against my Mission President’s counsel. I asked if He (God) could please inspire Elder Holland to know that I needed a blessing for my leg so that I could be healed. A few minutes after I had said the prayer Elder Holland entered the room and the Spirit filled the entire place. There was no question that he was a special person..I guess that's why they call them "Special Witnesses of Christ". Something cool I also found in the bible dictionary was that an Apostle is someone who is a witness of the divinity of the resurrected body of the Savior, so they actually see Christ. So here we were in the chapel with someone who actually has seen and probably talked with the Savior, crazy huh! My Mission President informed us that we would all have the opportunity to shake Elder Holland’s hand. I purposely place myself in the very back of the line so that I could be the last one to shake his hand haha. As the line got shorter and shorter and as I got closer to Elder Holland I wondering what was going to happen so that he would know that I needed a blessing. As I shook his hand and stared into his eyes, I could just feel the Spirit super strong and he looked into my eyes and said, "Thanks for serving" we then headed back up to our seats on the stand. It was kind of nuts because normally when you sit on the stand it's no biggie right, like for Dad he just looks to the side and it's Bishop haha. When I looked to the side I was staring at Elder Holland, ahh haha. I was the man in charge of moving the mike up and down and so when Elder Holland got up and started speaking, we were only a few feet apart and the Spirit radiated from him like crazy. The first thing he said when he was up there was that he personally interviewed each one of us when he shook our hands and looked into our eyes. When he said that I was like “oh sweet that is exactly what I was trying to think about doing for the past 3 days!” He gave a super good talk and the whole time the Spirit was there from my toes to my head and there was no denying that whatever he was saying was true. At the end of his talk he paused, and he said that he felt impressed that he needed to give some of us a blessing as if he were laying his hands upon our heads to heal us. As soon as the words left his mouth the Spirit came over me again even stronger and my leg caught fire and my companion just turned and said, "Did you hear what he said?" and I was like "uh yeah of course- "
So then we left and as we were sitting in the office some of the other missionaries who knew that I was headed in for surgery in a few weeks asked me how I was doing and to the first one I said “not too good” and that I was going to have to have surgery and then I thought “where the heck is my faith?” If he just gave me a blessing to heal me then obviously I am going to be healed but I have to have enough faith for that to happen. Then for every other missionary who asked me how my leg was doing that day I just told them that it was doing great because Elder Holland had just healed it! So fast forward now to surgery day. The whole past week I am just wondering what it was going to feel like when the Surgeon went in for surgery and there was nothing wrong because BAM it had already been healed!
So fast forward to after surgery... I was staying at a senior couple’s home of our mission and it was great. After a few days I think I called my mom and she was saying how the Doctor had called her and was telling her that when he went in for surgery the Meniscus was already healed and nothing was wrong with it. Obviously hearing this I knew why --(blessings from Apostles really do work, it's like the church is true or something) then my next thought was “then why is my leg swollen like an elephant?” haha. It was great to hear that I will be able to play sports again here soon in the future and not have any long term damage done. It truly goes to show ya that miracles still do happen in our day, as long as we have faith! I have no doubt that Elder Holland is an Apostle of God and that he holds the priesthood of God and because of that I know without a doubt that this is the true church of God!!
Hope you all know that you have the greatest blessing any person could ever have, to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ! Remember Always Believe!