Wednesday , November 08, 2017 - 7:00 AM2 comments
When I was of junior high school age, my uncle brought home a book titled “The Last Days.” I was fascinated by it. I wondered, “Will I marry? Will I have children?” Some of my friends were also seeking to know their futures, but they resorted to going to fortune tellers.
Because my father died when I was 8 my mother was also very interested in learning about her future. Although she was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she was not active. She did not understand the importance of priesthood blessings. In an attempt to learn her future, she ordered a fortune-telling book. We were enthralled by reading it night and day. My mother learned to tell the future by reading tea leaves, lines in my palm and horoscopes.
At the same time, as a member of the LDS Church, I was involved in the Mutual Improvement Association. I remember my teacher giving a lesson about patriarchal blessings. This was all new to me. I learned this is a blessing that can be given upon request from our Heavenly Father to active, worthy members by a patriarch who is set apart to receive inspiration directly from God.
A friend and I asked our parents for permission to receive a blessing. We had to talk to the bishop of the ward and the stake president. If found worthy, we would receive a recommendation.
The day we went for the blessing, we went alone. When we arrived, we were met by the patriarch and his secretary, who recorded our blessings. Within a few weeks, we were sent our copies.
I have never loved any document more than my patriarchal blessing. It has given me direction, admonishments, warnings and blessings, all predicated on my worthiness. Because it had such a major impact on my life, I made sure my five children understood the importance of patriarchal blessings.
Although many days have passed since junior high school, “The Last Days” still fascinates me. But now I know where to look for direction in my life.
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