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5 Things to Know Before Getting a Patriarchal Blessing

A patriarchal blessing is available to every worthy, baptized member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This blessing includes personal counsel from the Lord and declaration of a person’s lineage in the house of Israel.

But before someone receives a patriarchal blessing, it’s helpful to prepare properly and to understand a few things about what a patriarchal blessing is (and isn’t).

A patriarchal blessing is different from other blessings

Before receiving your patriarchal blessing, you should understand how a patriarchal blessing is unique. For example, “patriarch” is actually an office in the Melchizedek Priesthood, not just a calling. A patriarch is called and ordained specifically to give patriarchal blessings. This distinguishes a patriarchal blessing from a father’s blessing and from a blessing that sets members apart for callings, because only one specifically ordained and set apart to give patriarchal blessings may do so. 

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