In the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, blessings can be given by those who hold the Melchizedek priesthood. A few examples are, but are not limited to, ordained leaders called patriarchs or bishops. Blessings are given for a variety of purposes, including the naming and blessing of newborn children, the blessing of the sick, and the conferral of priesthood ordinations.
In an LDS blessing, the person giving the blessing typically lays their hands on the head of the person receiving the blessing and speaks words of comfort, counsel, and guidance. The blessing may also include promises of divine guidance, protection, and blessings from God.
Here are some examples of things that may be said in an LDS blessing:
- A statement of the purpose of the blessing, such as “I lay my hands upon your head to a blessing of health and comfort.”
- A recognition of the recipient’s divine heritage and potential as a child of God.
- Words of comfort, encouragement, and counsel, such as “May you be comforted in times of trial and may you be guided by the Spirit in all that you do.”
- Promises of blessings from God, such as “May you be blessed with health, strength, and wisdom as you serve the Lord and follow His commandments.”
- A prayer asking for God’s guidance, protection, and blessings on behalf of the recipient.
- Expressions of gratitude for the recipient’s dedication and faithfulness, such as “We thank thee for your unyielding faith and unwavering commitment to the teachings of Jesus Christ.”
- Assurance of God’s love and closeness, such as “May you feel the constant love of your Heavenly Father and know that He is near, always watching over you.”
- Encouragement towards personal growth and development, like “May you continue to grow in faith, wisdom, and understanding as you navigate life’s challenges.”
- Guidance for specific life events or circumstances, for example, “As you embark on this new journey [specific event], may you be guided by divine wisdom and fortified with the strength of the Lord.”
- A closing statement, invoking the power and authority of God, such as “I seal these blessings upon you, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.” This asserts the faith of the individual giving the blessing that it will be fulfilled according to God’s will.
LDS blessings are given in the name of Jesus Christ and are based on the teachings of the gospel and the revelations received by the prophets of the church. They are meant to provide spiritual guidance and support to those who receive them and to help them fulfill their divine potential as children of God.