Last Sunday, my eldest daughter received her Patriarchal Blessing. It was a tremendously spiritually fulfilling and affirming experience. It allowed me to once again feel the power of Heavenly Father’s love for each of us as individual children of His. It was a testament to me that He truly has a specific plan for each of our lives and just how well He knows us and wants to bless us.
I was really proud of my daughter, Zoë, for all her preparations prior to receiving the blessing. She had fasted for the day and together we’d read and discussed some talks by General Authorities about Patriarchal Blessing. We discussed the Abrahamic Covenant and our rights and responsibilities as Covenant Israel. Even before we left for the Patriarch’s home, I felt overwhelmed with the Spirit. Just before we left, we knelt together and prayed. I was so choked up I could barely say what I wanted to say.
Once we arrived at the Patriarch’s home, we had a little chat before the ordinance. The Patriarch was a soft-spoken and kindly man. After making sure that Zoe understood everything, he proceeded with the blessing.
Ah! Words fail me. I could never do justice to the feelings and emotions coursing through me as he pronounced sacred and powerful blessings on that dear head. Try as I might, I couldn’t contain my emotions and I wept uncontrollably. The only thing that was vividly apparent to me was that God, our Father in Heaven lives and that He knows and loves this little child of mine with a love I could never fathom! And the whole time the Patriarch spoke, I felt that Spirit bear witness to its truthfulness.
The other beautiful (that word is such an understatement in this instance, but it’ll have to do) thing about her blessing was that all the specifics that she had fasted for were addressed and she received the very guidance she had hoped to receive. Another witness that He hears and answers our prayers and fulfills the righteous desires of our hearts.
I am so blessed to have been a part of such a powerfully spiritual experience. I am so grateful for the magnificent Plan of Salvation. I delight in my Savior, Jesus Christ, through whom all these wonders are possible. In humblest reverence I offer my gratitude to Him for all that He has done for me, a sinner. I am so grateful for the eternal Priesthood and the authority and keys that have been restored to allow it’s rightful use. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.