The cascade begins. The swelling and constricting of the vessels move back and forth in what I call a harmonic wave progression—back and forth and back and forth—from the front of the brain to the back causing the intense throbbing of the migraine. (Incidentally, the auras or visions some see during a migraine attack result from the irritation in the occipital lobe where the brain interprets input form the eyes through the optic nerves which result in human sight.

With that background understanding of migraines, let me address your questions in detail. As I read your letter I sensed an emotional component to your pain and hurt. Forgive me if I am wrong, but your friends in ABF have thrown the cause of your pain back into your own lap: From their perspective, being Mormon could open your life to a satanic attack or to a generational curse. You needed comfort. You got condemnation. I am sorry that happened to you—however, I believe that your friends had your best interests at heart.

The reason that your friends in ABF mentioned these three concerns is because each has some validity—and is worth looking into. So, let’s talk about that.

Are sicknesses ever caused by Satan?

Yes! Paul’s experience in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 speaks for itself: “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’"

Are generational curses real?

Yes! In expanding on the Ten Commandments God described in Exodus 20:4-6 the transmission of sin and its consequences (including satanic involvement and curses) from one generation to the next: "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

Can Migraines be caused by exposure to Mormonism?

Yes. The connection between Mormonism and curses is seen in Paul’s teaching in Galatians 1:8-9: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!”

“Eternally condemned” translates a Greek world that is the strongest curse word in the Greek language. Participation in Mormonism is association with an organization which preaches a different gospel from the one Paul preached—and is thus under a curse.

Nevertheless, I doubt seriously that your migraines are a result of any of the above three possibilities. They are most likely triggered by the normal things that trigger everyone else’s migraines.

With as much suffering as you are enduring, and with such little medical help presently available, you certainly want to cover all the angles that may bring healing or relief.

I encourage people suffering with physical sicknesses to pray for God’s healing, and if healing doesn’t occur then consider that you may be experiencing a satanic attack—praying spiritual warfare prayers for deliverance. If the problem persists then consider that your migraines are the tragic result of a world created perfectly by God that has fallen into disarray because of sin (Genesis 3). In a fallen world sin, sickness, pain and sorrow occur all too often.