A Patriarchal Blessing, for those who read this who are not LDS, is a special blessing bestowed upon any member who seeks guidance in their life - not just for this life, but for the life hereafter. For more information on Patriarchal Blessings, I invite you to read a message from President Monson, the current LDS Prophet, at http://www.lds.org/liahona/2010/02/on-being-spiritually-prepared?lang=eng&query=patriarchal+blessing. In this talk, Pres. Monson speaks about how one should treat their own personal blessing, and says that it should not be published or read to just anyone because of its personal and private nature. It was when I read this that I really felt that my ancestors would not want just anyone to access their sacred blessings, but that they would definitely wish for their descendants to read them, members of the church, or not!
So, if you would like a copy of this blessing there are two ways to go about getting it:
- You can ask me for a copy - just send me a message, or leave a comment, (if I don't know you, please let me know how you are related to our common ancestor!) and leave me contact information so that I can send it to you. I don't care if you're a member of the church, or not - I'll send you a copy!
- If you are a member of the LDS church, and a "direct line descendant" (meaning that you are a child/grandchild/ great grandchild, etc.) then you can go to lds.org and order a patriarchal blessing directly from the church. If you are not a direct line descendant, then you will need to contact me for a copy.