A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend my home ward's women's conference. It was absolutely amazing and I left feeling SO inspired. Women are amazing. That's just the way it is.
One of the classes I got to attend was "Gleaning more from your patriarchal blessing." I have always loved studying my patriarchal blessing, and I was so excited to take a class specifically on the subject.
The class was filled with so many amazing insights and I wanted to share of them here with you today! The teachers name was Sister Peterson, and she gave us a list of exercises that we can do in order to better study and understand our blessings. Here is the list:
1. Read it!!!
- Easy enough! I try to read mine every sacrament meeting while I am pondering over my week and the things that I need to repent for. I always find that it shows me goals that I should have, and ways I could be doing better. It is especially helpful to be reminded of the blessings that will come if I choose to improve myself in the coming week.
2. Memorize it
- WOAH. Yeah I haven't done that one yet, but I will! She taught us that if we memorize it, specific lines from it will come to our mind at exactly the time that we need them. Similar to memorizing scriptures for the purpose of recalling them in times of trouble, our patriarchal blessings can guide us through life each day.
3. Request and read Ancestors Blessings
- This is one I am particularly excited about. I haven't done it yet, but I think it would be AMAZING to read the words that helped sustain and carry those that have gone before me. It would be particularly interesting to see if there are specific gifts and blessings that are promised to their posterity. When reading this we can see one of the reasons our ancestors may have chosen to live righteously, and the blessings I am allowed because of that.
How to do this:
1) Go to LDS.org 2) Click on "My Account and ward" top right hand corner 3) Sign in. 4) Select "Patriarchal Blessing" in search bar. 5) Right Hand side bar click "Request a copy of your blessing." Personal blessings are uploaded, ancestors' blessings are mailed or emailed. It may take up to a month to receive a copy of the blessing you have requested.
4. Compare Ancestor's blessings to your's, look for common blessings, family work, gifts, talents, spiritual gifts, opportunities, traits, and patterns. - I am literally SO excited to do this!!!!
5. Search your own blessings and create and fill the following categories: Gifts, Talents, and Admonitions. Set goals to help you utilize this individualized patriarchal blessing toolkit. Look for and acknowledge was your blessing has been fulfilled. - I have been doing this and I can honestly say that it has been amazing! More info to come later in the post!
6. Look for key action words, ideas, that are repeated, and a main theme in your blessing. Pay special attention to these. - I had never thought about picking out a main theme of my blessing. Finding that can allow me to make that the theme of my life. Studying our blessings seem to be a lot like studying our scriptures!
7. Look for specific guidance for this exact season in your life. Pull out EVERYTHING that could be helpful in navigating it. Repeat with each new calling, opportunity and season. - This is absolutely something I want to do moving forward. I wonder what specific things could apply to the "lyme" season of my life.
8. Check your current path and goals against the counsel and insight found in your blessing. - This is amazingly helpful in deciding our career plans, our educational plans, our relationship plans and so much more. If we need help and aren't sure what to do, let's look to our blessings and see if they have any insight!
Using some of these suggestions has been incredible for me. As I have studied my blessing to recognize what gift and talents the Lord has bestowed upon me, I have learned more about myself and about my creator. I have learned that we are doing better than we think we are, and we have more potential than we think we do. He loves us so much that he has given us talents, gifts and admonitions to use in bringing about his righteous plans for us.
My favorite thing I learned in this class is that we should observe the gifts that are overtly stated in our blessings, and then DARE to recognize the gifts that may be implied. The Lord encourages us to ask for every good gift, and there are about a zillion out there to choose from! So let's pray for them and use them!
I have loved studying my blessing this way. Give it a shot and see what it teaches you!!!
As President James E. Faust once said, "If through our priesthood blessings, we could perceive only a small part of the person God intends us to be, we would lose our fear and never doubt again... such individual blessings are part of the continuous revelation that we claim as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." ("Priesthood Blessings," Ensign, Nov 1995, 62)