Date: February 12, 2018 04:36AM
As a TBM I would shake my head at people from other religions that engaged in various types of faith healing. It was so easy to see the issues with that while not seeing that trying to be healed using priesthood blessings, fasting, and prayer was no different.
I can see where having hope and benefiting from a placebo effect from those types of activities could be useful. Many believers combine those activities with seeking medical interventions. In such cases, it is all relatively harmless and arguably helpful on some level.
Unfortunately, there are some believers, that for whatever reason feel that faith alone or faith combined with alternative medical treatments are adequate. For relatively mild health problems also not necessarily a problem. I have witnessed several instances where medical treatment was imperative and was not sought out for any number of reasons.
One recent example is that of an acquaintance from a former ward who passed away at a young age from a treatable infection. This member refused medical treatment as they felt that faith and alternative medicine would cure them.
I doubt the situation will improve based on discussions with TBM family and friends. That type of belief is still fairly common and does not seem to be diminishing in any meaningful way.