Prominent LDS Mentor/Energy Healer Shuts Down Websites, Speaks Out About Deception

It took courage and humility for Aimee Benefield to share her story. For the past few years, she had been an influential face in the world of energy healing as well as an enthusiastic advocate of a popular mentoring program, 3-Key-Elements.  But all that changed a couple of months ago after a sudden “wake up call”, and she is now seeking to warn her fellow Latter-day Saints about what she feels was a dangerous road of deception.



The owner of and said that after much prayer and consideration, she has decided to take down most of her self-improvement trainings and programs, which she had spent countless hours creating over the past three years. She affirmed, “I stand with the leaders of my church” and apologized for anything in her trainings/products that may not have been keeping within the doctrines taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She says that at the time, she felt that she was truly on the Lord’s errand and thought she was doing the right thing and helping people, but she now sees that she was getting slightly off course.


“I feel like I need to share my story, because I have affected a lot of people. And many of them have a lot of confusion right now, and I don’t want to be a part of that confusion. So I want to be as clear as a I can about why I’m doing what I’m doing right now.”


“This is a hard wake up call for me,” the mother of six said in an emotional video, where she laid out her experience and her coming to the realization that she had been deceived. “I was getting off,” she said. “I hope that by sharing my story it might help others who have strayed, to course correct.”


“The gospel of Jesus Christ is real.. and it’s simple.    ..And we don’t need to recreate the wheel. Yes our thoughts matter, yes..the state of our heart matters…energy is real, energy work is real”  “…But you can learn how to heal, for free, through the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Her complete turnaround has sent shock waves throughout the energy healing community she was apart of.  She acknowledged that “this is a very sensitive topic for some, especially for some of my friends.” And to her friends/followers she said: “I just don’t want to hurt anybody. But, I love you enough to say something. Because honestly, I would rather just close everything down, and not say anything to anybody.”


Benefield said that she hopes that some of the things she shares “will help to unveil some of the dangers that are out there right now” because she feels that there are many good, but naive, Latter-day Saints who are unaware of how clever the adversary can be and that “he can masquerade nigh unto an angel of light” to deceive even the very elect.


Regarding how to help those of our Latter-day Saint friends who may have gotten slightly off course, she made this plea:


“Be so kind to these people. Please, be so understanding. They do NOT need our condemnation. They need our love and our prayers.”

You can watch and listen to Aimee’s full message, which includes some additional videos and podcasts about her experience:

*Of note: Aimee sold many self-improvement/empowerment training courses,  but she has never charged money for any of her energy healing sessions.










12 thoughts on “Prominent LDS Mentor/Energy Healer Shuts Down Websites, Speaks Out About Deception

  • True courage and honesty! I have not been on your website or involved in energy healing but found food for thought in your beautiful comments.

  • Your video was very impactful to me.
    I am, however, a little unclear about whether you feel that what you were studying and teaching was wrong in its content, or if it was simply your personal distractions from your family that was “off”.
    Unfortunately my email is broken for receiving so I hope you can clarify this in another video.
    Thank you so very much.

  • I have had a similar experience happen to me, very similar in fact. I quit what I was doing about 10 years ago and still get frustrating comments from family members because of my choice to follow the lord. I am so grateful that you were able to recognize Lucifer’s deceit and follow the lord. Through all I went through, I can say that I am so grateful for what I had learned because this is how I learned discernment between spirits. I am so proud of you for changing. Not just changing your thoughts, but also your heart. You are awesome!! The gospel is simple and real, and the Melchizedek priesthood is real. The atonement can bring us back. I also believe that the lord is there to lead us and guide us through our lives. I choose to follow the lord!!

  • I hope Aimee can find her way through this. As the husband to an energy worker, I know the challenge it is to keep oneself closed off to the adversary. I hope that my testimony will help anyone conflicted over whether this is right or wrong. Jesus Christ is the facilitator to the gospel. To the priesthood. As we follow him. As we try to be like him. We can and SHOULD act like him. But, don’t ever let vanity tell you that you are the one doing the healing. That you are more than just a facilitator. We all have access to the priesthood and all are prey to vanity. It is through continued faith in the gospel and sincere humility that we safely put ourselves out there to help others come closer to the spirit. Don’t let fear and lack of faith stop you from joining Christ on the water. After Christ died the apostles went back to fishing. The Lord chastised them and told them to get back to work. They did and were more dedicated to the work than before. I hope you can find your way back too. <3

    • She has found her way back. To the pure gospel of Jesus Christ, in its beautiful simplicity. I’ve followed Aimee for the last few years. She’s one of the most faith-filled, humble, & dedicated Latter-day Saints I know.

  • I am a firm believer that this was the beginning of the end of my Marriage. Over 30 years married when my wife became involved in this deceptive work. It drove her to believe that things were going on that simply were not. It has driven a lot of life long friends away due to discomfort when around.

    Thank you for having the courage to bring this out in the open. I admire your strength and willingness to return to the truth of the Gospel.

  • Thank you for clising down the website and speaking to your followers. It took courage and it is part if the repentance process to correct our error if possible. I saw an event posted on an LDS single adult facebook page and strongly felt this was not from God. I understand that we all must exercise agency so I made a comment and left it for all to decide. This seemed to me very similar to what the “good witches” believes come from… the adversary deceitful tricks.

  • Your Path is your path and making yourself a light and a source of truth to others is a painful way to live. Only turning them to their Creator and the Son will heal and allow them to find truth for their lives. To call people who do muscle testing and self help methods evil and deceitful is not only self righteous but may border on Priest-craft itself. Brigham Young said that the “gospel is big enough to encompass truth wherever it is found.” There is much of truth that does not emanate directly from the Brethren and as president Benson said the way to not be deceived is like a three legged miking stool, 1. The scriptures 2. The words of the living prophets 3. and the Holy Ghost.
    Love is the answer and blessings to you in your journey, don’t make it everyone’s journey.

  • Wow, you are so brave, Aimee! THANK YOU for sharing your journey so that others can course-correct, too. This is SUCH an important message. I hope many others will realize that they, too, can come back to the basics of the gospel.

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