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Sisters At The Well

By Ldsapologetics
Mary of Bethany had a sister-Martha and a brother-Lazarus.  (Luke 10:38-42/John 11:1/12:11)
As with many women Mary's fate was to live in the shadow of others, Martha and Lazarus.  But Luke tells us that she sat at our Savior's feet and listened to His teaching.  To "sit at the feet" of any Rabbi and to listen to their teaching is considered to be a disciple of whichever Rabbi one chooses to sit at the feet of and if a Rabbi is allowing one to sit at their feet that is a sign they are accepted as disciples.
A parallel is found in Acts "I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the Father's, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day." (Acts 22:3)
Peter's Mother-in-Law was sick with a fever and Jesus healed her. "And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them." (Mark 1:29-34)
Jesus healed men and women, He did not ask permission of husbands or fathers before hand.  He treated these women as equals of men.  He seemed to simply have seen all He met as Sons and Daughters of God.
21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.
27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour. (Matthew 15:21-28)
Jesus heals from a distance for the great faith of a foreigner which at this point in the Holy Land is considered as less than.
Even worse than a Roman, but speaking of which Jesus heals for the great faith of a certain centurion.
And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,
And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.
And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.
For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. (Matthew 8:5-13)
 John 4:1-42 descibes Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman.  He preaches about living water quenching the thirst of everyone forever and how once you have drunk from His well of living water it springs up inside you as well so that you may offer it to all others.
The living water IS Jesus; in terms of His message, teachings and ministry.  And He offers it to women and men both, just as equally and freely.
And then the Samaritan woman bears witness of Jesus' Messianic role: "Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?  Then they went out of the city, and came unto him." (John 4:29-30)
According to scholars early Christians referred to Mary Magdalene as "The Apostle to the Apostles."  She, in gnostic scripture, blesses and heals and teaches or ministers.
Joseph Smith had heard that some church members had been saying negative things about women performing healings with the laying on of hands and he said this: “if the sisters should have faith to heal the sick, let all hold their tongues, and let every thing roll on.”
Joseph went one step further in his sanction and approval of women laying on their hands to heal the sick by saying that if God gave his sanction, and the person was then healed then “there could be no devils in it.” And in closing the end of the debate he said “there could be no more sin in any female laying hands on the sick than in wetting the face with water— that it is no sin for any body to do it that has faith, or if the sick has faith to be healed by the administration.”
It is important to remember that there is a distinct difference between laying on hands to heal the sick and laying on hands for a priesthood blessing. They are two entirely different things.(D&C 42:43, 44)
But some people think Joseph Smith ordained women to the Priesthood in 1843.

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