*Note: I remember when I received my 'Patriarchal Blessing' in 2002: that I did not feel the Spirit whatsoever, I was uncomfortable trying to remain perfectly still, and I had a slight feeling that the Patriarch was making the whole thing up as he went along. (Which I later felt guilty for and reprimanded myself over, convinced that it must have been a 'holy' experience.)
also the Patriarch's wife - if I recall correctly - who was there and
tape recorded the entire session, asking the question "Do you say that
to everyone?" about being a 'Heavenly Queen', after the session was
What is a Patriarchal Blessing?
For those who may be unaware, a Patriarchal Blessing is a blessing/ordinance given by an LDS Patriarch to 'worthy LDS
members'. It's supposedly modeled after the blessings that Abraham gave
to his sons. Here are some of the stated 'purposes' for a Patriarchal
1) Identify which "Tribe of Israel" the LDS member belongs to.
2) Bless the LDS member with 'knowledge and spiritual gifts'.
3) Give advice, especially about the future.
The Patriarch lays his hands upon the LDS
member's head, and receives direct revelation from God, concerning that
one individual, which he goes on to give as a 'Blessing'. The blessing
is recorded and then later translated to a paper copy, which is given to
LDS members. All LDS
members are assured of the promises given in the Blessing, as long as
they are 'worthy' of them throughout life. (So basically if anything
fails to fit, it's your own fault somehow.)
LDS members are told to regularly consult their Blessing and re-read it for guidance, assurance, and advice. Most LDS members receive their blessing in their late teens, mostly those who were raised in the church.
My Patriarchal Blessing:
having been commissioned of Jesus Christ and ordained a Patriarch in
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I lay my hands upon
your head and give you your Patriarchal Blessing. This blessing will be a
guide to you in your life and help you to prepare yourself for
exaltation and eternal life in the Celestial Kingdom of God. It is
important for you to realize that because of your faithfulness in the
preexistence, the Lord has given you the encouragement and a suggestion
as to how you may alfter your life to be in harmony with the principles of the gospel.
I bless you to know that you are of the House of Israel. Your
membership in the House of Israel grants you the privilege of all the
blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Patriarchs of old. Your
lineage is through Ephraim and therefore you have the additional
responsibility to help prepare the earth for the Second Coming of our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ when He will rule and reign upon the earth
and when the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
I bless you as you seek to find your way in life that you will find the
Church and its teachings to be a great blessing in your life. Your
association with many of the saints of God will be a lifting experience
in your life and help you to emulate the principles of righteous living
that will best serve you. Look to those who are committed and converted
to the gospel as role models. Follow them, and thus you will be in good
stead. Serve with all your heart, might, mind and strength so that these
principles may be distilled into your life. Thus your life may be
altered sufficiently so that you may have the grace of God in all
things, at all times, and in all places.
I bless you in your temporal living that you will take every
opportunity to better your situation, educationally and temporally. Seek
of the Lord mightily in fasting and prayer that you may have direction
and guidance in your life and that you may choose educational and
vocational pursuits which will best suit your needs to take care of your
temporal living and your obligations unto your fellow men.
I bless you to know that during your lifetime you will have the
opportunity to preach the gospel to your associates. The Lord will place
people in your path at various times and in various places who are
seeking principles which you have espoused by your acceptance of baptism
into the Kingdom. They will see in you a Latter-day Saint young woman
who is different from the world and therefore ask questions. Be solicitous in your response
when directed by the Spirit that your mouth may be opened and you may
speak the words which are placed in your mind so that the process of
conversion may take place amongst those with whom you are associating.
You will have the privilege of serving in various capacities in the
Kingdom and this will give you the opportunity of solidifying your
knowledge of the gospel and your understanding of the principles of the
Kingdom. In the Relief Society organization you will have the
opportunity of developing the talents which the Lord has given you.
These talents may be unknown to you at the present time but as you
develop and grow in the Kingdom
they will be made manifest unto you because of your cries unto the Lord
for help and deliverance from the various tasks that will be placed
upon your shoulders. You are a multi-talented individual and you need to
know that the Lord requires that you develop these talents to the best
of your ability that you may be of service in the Kingdom and help you
move forward in this great work which has been placed in the hands of
the Latter-day Saints.
I bless you to prepare for the time when you can go to the House of the
Lord and receive your temple endowment and be sealed to a faithful
Priesthood bearer for time and eternity. Your helpmate and companion
will be a great source of strength to you as you develop together and as
you espouse principles of faithfulness to each other. Your service in
the temple will be one of the most enjoyable experiences of your life.
You will serve long and with great joy.
there are many of your ancestors who look to you for their salvation.
Because you have joined the Church, they stand at the doors of the
prisons looking out and crying unto you that you seek after them and
place their names upon the alters of the temple. It is certainly
important for you to have the spirit of Elijah in your life. Thus you
may help save the souls of those who have gone before you. Place their
names upon the alters of the temples so they may be released from their
spirit prison. Then they, too, may eke out their eternal salvation.
I bless your body that it will be strong and healthy and that you will
have the ability to resist disease and illness. I bless you that you
will have the strength to carry the burdens which will be placed upon
your shoulders. You will also have the wisdom to be able to sort through
the things which are burdens and which are responsibilities.
I bless you to be free from harm and the accident on the highways and
byways of life. Observe rules of decency in your travels that you may
listen to the Spirit and be directed and protected from danger.
it is important for you as one who has embraced the Gospel of Jesus
Christ to study the scriptures on a daily basis. Become familiar with
the doctrines in the Kingdom. Don't waste any time in frivolous
activities but become serious in mind in studying the teachings of the
Saviour and the doctrines of the Kingdom. You will have the opportunity
of teaching in the Church and your studies will stand you in good stead
to be one who is authoritative and true in teaching and promoting gospel
I bless you in your associations with your young friends. As you grow
on into adulthood, you will have harmony and peace and joy in those
associations where your friends will be a strength unto you and you, in
turn, will be a strength unto them.
I bless you to be cognizant of your responsibility to keep yourself
morally clean, to live the Word of Wisdom, to pay a full and honest
tithing and to live the commandments of God. I give you the power over
that you may do these things. Sometimes it will be a sacrifice to pay
your tithes and offerings, but remember the admonition of our Prophet --
render unto God that which is God's and He will take care of the rest.
I bless you that you will live a long and fruitful life of service, of
kindness and compassion so that when your life is through your
associates will say of you that you spent your time in doing good upon
the earth and did not mar your life with unrighteous activities.
I seal this blessing upon your through your faithfulness and through
your worthiness giving you the power to come forward in the Morning of
the First Resurrection where you will be united with your loved ones for
time and eternity and take your place upon a throne as a queen in the
Celestial Kingdom of God.
Dear "Galatian", I seal this blessing upon you in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
that long ramble of hot air, I can see nothing of real value. It's all
very generic, it could apply to literally anyone, and half of it is
common sense - ex: pursue an education, decency in travels, etc. Typing
this out I remember a couple things clearly:
a) Being disappointed in the talk about the Relief Society Organization as I never liked it and never wanted much to do with it.
Feeling guilty that I had not yet done Temple Work for my deceased
relatives, after hearing they were all in "Spirit Prison" and awaiting
ME (the only LDS family member ever) to do the work for them!
it's pure crap. It might as well have come from a fortune cookie, 8
Ball, or hand plucked from a large pile of memorized, long-winded
If you managed to read even MOST of that -- I tip my hat to you! Boring, isn't it?