What is a Patriarch?
Take brother Bowman how come he is a Patriarch? Well he
is just a regular guy with plenty of faults. His wife can testify to
that. He has learned in life that when the Lord calls us to a
position or to do a job, If we will be willing to accept and work at
it and do the best we can the Lord will do the rest.
A servant of the Lord called brother Bowman in and laid
his hands on his head and ordained him a Patriarch and set him apart
to be the Patriarch to the Dublan Stake in the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter Day Saints. In that act he gave him the Authority to receive
the Patriarchal Blessings from the Lord for those persons that come to
him with a valid recommend from their Bishops.
That is what makes the Patriarch. That ordination and
setting apart to work in that particular Stake. Without that
ordination he cannot be the Lord's mouthpiece in giving Patriarchal
If he holds the Priesthood he can give Father's
Blessings to his children and give Priesthood Blessings to others when
called upon to do so.
The Patriarchal Blessing is the only blessing that is
recorded and written up. One copy is given to the person who receives
the blessing and the other is taken to the family History Center and
there is filed to become part of the History of the Church. Because
they are written and recorded in the History of the Church they are
also recorded in heaven and become part of the Lambs book of Life out
of which we shall be judged in that last Judgment Day.
All of the promises and Blessings that the Lord gives
in a Patriarchal Blessing are for this life and extend through out
eternity. They are always based upon our faithfulness to the Savior
and to his church. The Lord is eternal and what he says and does is
eternal and spiritual. He can see the beginning from the end and loves
and knows each of us his children and can give us what we need in our
THE PATRAIRCHAL BLESSING IS WHAT THE LORD USES TO HELP PREPARE HIS
CHILDREN TO BE ABLE TO FULFILL THEIR GREATEST POTENTIAL IN THIS LIFE
AND THE ETERNITIES.
KNOWING WHO YOU ARE
PART OF THE PREPARATION IS TEACHING YOU WHO YOU REALLY ARE AND HOW
SPECIAL YOU ARE TO YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER. YOU WERE KNOWN AND LOVED
AND PREPARED BEFORE THIS WORLD WAS. YOU WERE NOT JUST ANOTHER NUMBER
AMONG THE MILLIONS. YOU ARE A SPECIAL SON OR DAUGHTER WITH A SPECIAL
MISSION AND POTENTIAL.
The Lord our Heavenly Father knows the beginning from
the end. He can give us directions promises and blessings to guide us
in this our journey of life. He can warn us of the dangers and
caution us to not stray from the straight and narrow path. Mostly his
blessings are of a positive nature telling us what we can accomplish
and what we can do in our lives.
When our family used to go on our Summer pack trips
into the Sierra Madre mountains we loved to go to Trout Creek to camp
and fish and enjoy that beautiful place. We would all go in the van as
far as the road would take us, then from there we would catch up our
Animals. We would pack up our camp on pack mules and saddle up the
horses and mules we were going to ride. Before leaving I would tell
the family about the trail and what was ahead until they learned the
trail as well as I did.
I would tell them where the trail goes down a
steep hill into the first canyon about half way down there is a hollow
Oak Tree that has a big nest of fire bees in it. If you pass by
quietly without hitting the tree you will be all right. Avoid
disturbing those little yellow and black bees because when they sting
you will know why they are called fire bees.
Stay on the trail especially on the steep side hills
because there you will be safe and your riding mount can go along
easily. When you get down into the beautiful meadow of the canyon
don't wander off the trail because you may lose your way and not find
the trail going up out of the canyon.
About half way there is a cold clear stream of spring
water that crosses the trail and a nice open place to stop and drink
of that very good water.
There are places where you cannot hurry because the
trail winds along on the steep side of the mountain and a false step
can send you and your horse sliding and rolling down to the depths
After going down the last steep trail you will cross
the creek into our beautiful camp where you can rest and fish and
enjoy the beauties of the Canyon.
On one trip we had about 15 explorers and their
leaders. I think Brother Chato Bluth was helping me on this
trip. We got everyone mounted up and I was busy packing the last mule.
When I got through I realized that most all of them had gone on ahead.
I hurried after them realizing that I had not given them any
instruction or warnings about the trail ahead.
I came to the steep trail down into the canyon and
could see a disaster area below in the canyon. I slipped quietly by
the angry little fire bees that were returning to their nest. When I
got down to the bottom I found that someone had disturbed the Fire
Bees nest and they had come out and had begun to sting the boys and
the animals. One pack mule was down on his back in the creek where he
had fallen when he was bucking with his pack another was standing with
his pack under his belly waiting to be rescued. Some of the boys were
sitting on the bank of the creek. One had his eye swollen shut and
another with a lip that was three times it's regular size. Some had
been thrown from their horses because the horses had been stung many
times by those angry little black and yellow Demons. It took us
another hour to repack and adjust the saddles and comfort the injured
boys. Finally we were on our way again. This time Brother Bluth was
leading the way to keep them safe.
When the Lord gives a Patriarchal Blessing he can
see the beginning from the end and he knows each person and what they
need to help them in their lives. IN THE BLESSING HE GIVES GUIDANCE
FOR THE TRAIL AHEAD AND WHAT WE CAN FIND AS WE COME INTO THAT
BEAUTIFUL SAFE CAMP. HE MIGHT EVEN GIVE WARNINGS OF THE DEMON FIRE
BEES ALONG THE WAY AND HOW TO AVOID GETTING LOST BY WANDERING OFF THE
STRAIGHT AND NARROW WAY.
BROADENING YOUR CONCEPT OF FATHER'S PLAN
WHAT IS A CONCEPT? THE SUM EXPERIENCE OF ANYTHING IS
OUR CONCEPT OF THAT THING. OUR CONCEPTS ARE MADE DURING ALL OF OUR
LIVES. EVERY TIME WE STUDY ABOUT A PRINCIPLE OF THE GOSPEL IT BROADENS
OUR CONCEPT OF THAT PRINCIPLE. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES WE READ THE
SCRIPTURES. EACH TIME BROADENS OUR CONCEPT OF THE THINGS WE ARE
LINEAGE GIVES YOU THE ASSURANCE OF PROMISED BLESSINGS
IF YOU LIVE FOR IT.
WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR LINEAGE YOU ARE PROMISED THAT YOU
HAVE AS AN INHERITANCE ALL OF THE BLESSINGS OF ABRAHAM ISAAC AND
JACOB. WHAT ARE SOME OF THESE PROMISES?
ABRAHAM 2:8-9, 11. "MY NAME IS JEHOVAH AND I KNOW
THE END FROM THE BEGINNING; THEREFORE MY HAND SHALL BE OVER THEE.
AND I WILL MAKE OF THEE A GREAT NATION AND BLESS THEE
ABOVE MEASURE,AND MAKE THY NAME GREAT AMONG ALL NATIONS. AND THOU
SHALT BE A BLESSING UNTO THY SEED AFTER THEE , THAT IN THEIR HANDS
THEY SHALL BEAR THIS MINISTRY AND PRIESTHOOD UNTO ALL NATIONS.
AND I WILL BLESS THEM THAT BLESS THEE AND CURSE THEM
THAT CURSE THEE; AND IN THEE (THAT IS, IN THY PRIESTHOOD) AND IN THY
SEED (THAT IS THY PRIESTHOOD) FOR I GIVE UNTO THEE A PROMISE THAT THIS
RIGHT SHALL CONTINUE IN THEE, AND IN THY SEED AFTER THEE (THAT IS TO
SAY, THE LITERAL SEED OR SEED OF THE BODY) SHALL ALL THE FAMILIES OF
THE EARTH BE BLESSED, EVEN WITH THE BLESSIGS OF THE GOSPEL, WHICH ARE
THE BLESSINGS OF SALVATION, EVEN THE BLESSING OF ETERNAL LIFE".
THROUGH YOUR LINEAGE YOU CAN CLAIM THE BLESSINGS OF
ABRAHAM ISAAC AND JACOB.
THE LORD EXPLAINED THAT THE BLESSINGS AND
RESPONSIBILITIES OF HIS PRIESTHOOD ARE YOURS BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITH,
WORKS AND LINEAGE----THE LINEAGE DECLARED IN YOUR PATRIARCHAL
BLESSINGS. YOU "ARE LAWFUL HEIRS" (HEIRS TO THE BLESSINGS AND
PROMISES OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC AND JACOB.
READ D.& C. 132: 19-20
Patriarchal blessing gives you a broader concept of
marriage and the necessity of preparing for an eternal marriage IF YOU
AND YOUR PARTNER HAVE AS AN ETERNAL GOAL TO ACHIEVE AND ETERNAL FAMILY
THEN DIVORCE IS NOT EVEN AN OPTION NOR EVEN THOUGHT OF.
IF YOU HAVE NO WIFE YOU'LL HAVE NO ETERNAL LIFE.