Saturday, May 18, 2013

How Can A Patriarchal Blessing Help Me?

Get this week's lesson here.

Ugh!  This is kind of a hard one for me!  And here's why...
I LOVE my patriarchal blessing so much.  I received it the summer before I started high school and I have had so many amazing, spiritual experiences because of it.  But it's personal and sacred.  It's for me and not something I should share.  So, the whole time I teach on Sunday, my spirit is going to be bursting with happiness inside of me because of how much it means to me, but I'll have to keep it to myself.  Lovely.

1 Nephi 16:10, 16
And it came to pass that as my father arose in the morning, and went forth to the tent door, to his great astonishment he beheld upon the ground a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness.

And we did follow the direction of the ball, which led us in the more fertile parts of the wilderness.

The usefulness of the Liahona was dependent on the faith and righteousness of Lehi and his family (See 1 Nephi 18:11-12, 20-21).  Patriarchal blessings are similarly conditional on faith and righteousness.  We can receive the promised blessings only when we follow the counsel and commandments we are given by the Lord and his servants.

Look how young President Monson is?!?  I love it.

Sugardoodle suggested the idea of bringing an empty laundry basket to class and asking the girls to take off their shoes and put them in the basket.  Then one by one, with eyes closed, have them pull out two shoes to wear for the rest of the lesson.  All the girls will get different shoes: some that don't fit, some get two lefts or two rights, heels on one and flat on the other, etc, etc.  Then explain that patriarchal blessings are unique to each of us.  Just like the shoes that don't fit, you understand that your blessing is just for you and it "fits" just you.

In class I want to work on Personal Progress: Individual Worth value experience 2
Learn about the importance of patriarchal blessings by studying about them in TRUE TO THE FAITH and recent conference talks.  Find out why they are given and who can give them.  Discuss with a parent or Church leader how to prepare to receive a patriarchal blessing and how it can teach you of your worth and identity and be a guide throughout your life.  If you have not received your blessing, prepare to receive it.

I'm kind of stealing from another church lesson I found and combining it with this personal progress experience.
Remember those birthday party announcements you used to get as a kid?
WHO: Billy Jones
WHAT: His 8th Birthday Party
When: Saturday at 3:00...

I'll have the girls answer these W?W?W?W?H? questions about patriarchal blessings on their own little party invitations.

WHO can receive a patriarchal blessing?  WHO gives a patriarchal blessing?
WHAT is a patriarchal blessing?
WHEN can a person receive a patriarchal blessing?
WHY should a person seek a patriarchal blessing?
HOW can a person prepare to receive a patriarchal blessing?

I took parts out from TRUE TO THE FAITH and Julie B. Beck's talk YOU HAVE A NOBLE BIRTHRIGHT and color coded the paragraphs that answered all the W?W?W?W?H? questions.
 You can download it here.

My patriarchal blessing is amazing.  In my life, I find myself reading a passage that I have read over and over that was never significant to me, but depending on my circumstances and what I'm going through, that particular sentence will bring overwhelming words of comfort and strike me like lightning.  
I have so many tear marks and smudges on the pages from times when I cried from feeling the spirit and knowing Heavenly Father was talking directly to me.  It's like my personal scripture.  It's exciting to see things in my blessing come to pass and read about events that I still have to look forward to.  I hope I can share with the girls my love and excitement for patriarchal blessings this Sunday.


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