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.

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 below. 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.

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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11 Comments

  • 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.

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