“Understanding the Healer’s Art”: Nursing Student Amy Jensen Presents at BYU Religion Symposium

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Amy Jensen (second row, third from left) with the rest of the presenters at the 2020 BYU Religious Education Student Symposium; Image courtesy of the BYU Religious Education Student Symposium Facebook group

Capstone nursing student Amy Jensen hasn’t just learned the Healer’s art from her time in the nursing program and her job as a patient care tech at Utah Valley Hospital.

She has learned it from the works of the Healer Himself, through the scriptures.

During her time as a religion TA, Jensen learned about the BYU Religious Education Student Symposium. Students can submit research papers centered around gospel topics for consideration, and, if chosen, are invited to present their work at the symposium.

This year, Jensen decided to submit.

“I have a lot of friends that have dealt with, like, really challenging things. Like with mental health, specifically, but I’ve had a couple of friends deal with abuse and trauma, and like just lots of different things that all kind of came on top at once,” says Jensen.

With that, the topic of healing and the Atonement—a meaningful topic to Jensen before and after her mission—resurfaced.

“And so [the topic] just kind of seemed to come back up. And so I decided like last minute that I was going to write this paper and it just came out, so it worked out really well.”

Jensen poses with fellow TA Danica Nusink at the Student Symposium; Image courtesy of Jensen

Weeks later, she received a pleasant surprise when she found out that her paper was one of thirty to be chosen for the symposium.

Jensen’s paper “Understanding the Healer’s Art” is based on almost two years of research through quotes, conference talks, and the scriptures about the nature of healing and the Savior’s Atonement.

What inspired her research was the trials of investigators that she witnessed during her mission. One woman was going through a particularly difficult time, as she and her kids had to move out of their home to escape abuse from her boyfriend.

While Jensen and her companion attempted to have a lesson with her, Jensen felt their efforts falling short.

“I felt like the Savior had become a Band-Aid,” says Jensen, “Like, ‘Sorry your life sucks. But don’t worry, Jesus loves you. Peace out!’ And I hated that feeling so much. And so I started to study and research it in the scriptures.”

Jensen describes finding the story of Lazarus as “changing [her] whole perspective on the Savior’s love.”

“And in that story, the Savior literally waits to go,” says Jensen. “He essentially allows Lazarus to die with the sole intent to go back and raise him. He knows exactly what He’s doing, and He knows the plan. And there’s a purpose in that.”

However, when the Savior encounters a weeping Mary, He stops. “And it’s like this really special moment where the Savior is literally going to fix her problem. And then realizes that she’s in pain and stops and waits, and cries with her and feels her pain. And then He fixes her problem.”

From the story, Jensen learned that although she couldn’t fix her investigator’s problems, she could help this investigator by grieving with her and showing her that she was there to support her.

Furthermore, Jensen learned an important lesson about the Savior’s healing. “He’s not physically here all the time to cure us of cancer, or take away abuse, or stop mental illness. Like it just doesn’t happen. But He is there with us because He’s experienced it. And He knows exactly what we’re going through. And so He can give us that support of somebody that understands what we’re struggling with.

“And that’s super validating to me that our struggles are real. And they’re not gonna just be fixed, but they’re also tangible, and they mean something to us, and they do impact us. And He’ll support us through that.”

On February 14, Jensen presented her ideas at the 2020 BYU Religious Education Student Symposium.

“It was so fun,” Jensen says about the experience. “But I think it was fun because it was meaningful to me. It was something that I was really passionate about and I felt really strongly about, and I’ve had really sacred experiences with. And so I felt so connected to it that it was really validating to be able to share my feelings and thoughts and then have people come up afterward and be like, ‘That like meant something to me.’”

Jensen (second from the left) with her fellow nurses during Mock Disaster; Image courtesy of Jensen

Jensen says that in her presentation, she also talked about the nursing program, which lets her participate in the act of healing. “Up to this point, I feel like I’ve always been like, ‘I want to do something. I don’t know what to do for you. I can’t help you,’” Jensen says. “I feel like now I have something to offer people to give them help. And not just like an emotional sense, but in a physical sense. Like, we can do what we can do to give you the best care.

“It makes me feel like I can contribute and can offer something beneficial to people.”


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