Jesus Heals a Leper
1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
President Thomas S. Monson said:
“Not only by precept did Jesus teach, but also by example. He was faithful to His divine mission. He stretched forth His hand that others might be lifted toward God.
“At Galilee there came to Him a leper who pleaded: ‘Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed’ [Matthew 8:2–3]. The hand of Jesus was not polluted by touching the leper’s body, but the leper’s body was cleansed by the touch of that holy hand.”
(“With Hand and Heart,” Ensign, Dec. 1971, 131.)