Patriarchal Blessing Revelator
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Date Received: Feb 8, 2002
Age: 19
Stake: La Grande
Patriarch: Norman DeGraw Baxter
Language: English
Gender: male
Tribe: Ephraim


Brother *****, in the name of Jesus Christ and by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood I bear, I lay my hands upon your head to give until you your Patriarchal Blessing.

It is a great honor for me to give unto you your lineage, for you are of the loins of Ephraim and are entitled to all the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. These blessings are as numerous as the sands upon the seashores and the stars in the heavens. A part of these blessings is your membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Lord will bless you with the health and strength of body, mind and spirit as you go forth to serve your Heavenly Father on your mission. You will find the joy, peace and happiness that will come to you as you put forth the effort to be the kind of missionary that He would want you to be.

As you meet with the people you will have the opportunity of bearing your testimony to them of the truthfulness of the restored gospel and the atoning sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I bless you that you will be able to work harmoniously with your companions. You will have the compassion, love and understanding with one another. As you are working with the investigators you will have the privilege of letting them know of your love for them, for the restoration of the gospel, the love of our Savior and the great atonement he made for us.

You are admonished to continue showing great love and respect for your parents. As you do your children will show the same love and respect for you.

The Lord will bless you as you apply yourself in preparation for your life's work. You will find much peace and happiness as you pursue the work you plan to do.

You are admonished to be very selective in your choice of friends. The young lady you choose to be your eternal companion will be one that you have friend shipped and will have the same eternal goals. You will want to have your marriage sealed in the temple for time and eternity. Your children as they come into your family will be born under the covenant and will find the love and guidance they need throughout their lifetime.

(name omitted), it is not by chance that you came to earth at this time. You were reserved to come to the earth when the gospel had been restored in its fullness. Many times you were taught, in the preexistence, the principles of the gospel and the plan of salvation. It was your desire to come into a home where these principles were taught and lived so that you could enjoy a lifetime membership in His church.

Your Heavenly Father is pleased with your desire to serve as a true servant to Him and to those you contact. As you work with your family members and your member friends you will be an instrument in His hands, a light unto them, and an example for them to follow. As you associate with your non-member friends they will see in you the qualities that set you apart and they will desire to know what they are. Thus giving you an opportunity to continue your missionary labors throughout your life sharing your testimony and teaching the principles of the gospel.

You will be blest [sic] as you attend the temple on a regular basis to do the work for your kindred dead and to receive the spiritual growth and comfort that is there.

You will have many opportunities to serve in the church. You will be called to serve in many different capacities and don't at any time consider a calling to be unimportant. Each calling will give you a different experience to learn and grow spiritually and an opportunity to show your Heavenly Father that you love Him and are willing and eager to serve Him and your fellowmen.

Your Heavenly Father loves you very much. He will watch over and protect you and give you the inspiration you need to carry out the responsibilities that come to you not only now but through out your lifetime.

These blessings with others that would be for your eternal happiness, I seal upon your head by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood and in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


(signed) Norman DeGraw Baxter
Patriarch



This patriarchal blessing contains:

Favor in the Pre-Existence
*****, it is not by chance that you came to earth at this time. You were reserved to come to the earth when the gospel had been restored in its fullness. Many times you were taught, in the preexistence, the principles of the gospel and the plan of salvation.
Yep. This was a huge boost to an already overinflated ego.

Marriage
You are admonished to be very selective in your choice of friends. The young lady you choose to be your eternal companion will be one that you have friend shipped and will have the same eternal goals. You will want to have your marriage sealed in the temple for time and eternity.
My wife and I started dating after we'd met briefly at a sports club on three occasions. Our friendship came after the romantic interests began.

Children
Your children as they come into your family will be born under the covenant and will find the love and guidance they need throughout their lifetime.
The word "children" indicates more than one child and we have only one. We've left the church completely, so if any more are born, it won't be under the covenant.

Temple Work
You will be blessed as you attend the temple on a regular basis to do the work for your kindred dead and to receive the spiritual growth and comfort that is there.
I almost never went to the temple. It was clear to me that it was made up, so in order to protect my faith, I avoided going.

Serving a Mission
The Lord will bless you with the health and strength of body, mind and spirit as you go forth to serve your Heavenly Father on your mission. You will find the joy, peace and happiness that will come to you as you put forth the effort to be the kind of missionary that He would want you to be. As you meet with the people you will have the opportunity of bearing your testimony to them of the truthfulness of the restored gospel and the atoning sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I bless you that you will be able to work harmoniously with your companions. You will have the compassion, love and understanding with one another. As you are working with the investigators you will have the privilege of letting them know of your love for them, for the restoration of the gospel, the love of our Savior and the great atonement he made for us.
I got my blessing two weeks before I left on my mission and the patriarch was well aware of this fact. I worked my butt off as a missionary and it really took a lot joy and peace away from me until I realized that the church wasn't true. Regarding working harmoniously with my companions, despite having had this promise, I had three companions who simply wouldn't work with me regardless of what I tried. Everyone has some difficulty with each of their companions, but can usually manage to get work done, but with the three that refused to work with me, they were so obstinately opposed to working with me that one went so far as to complain about everything I did and refused to be placated when I tried to compromise. Finally, I let him take the role of senior companion and he did exactly what I had been doing to begin with. My mission president promised me that if I followed mission rules and took a firm hand with my junior companion, I would be able to work with him. I was always pretty good at following mission rules, but I was flawless during that period. I wasn't judgmental, but every time I took a firm hand with him, he rebelled even worse and refused to do anything. My mission president's false claims of being able to work with him, combined with my patriarchal blessing's claim that I'd be able to work well with all of my companions, and mixed with my inability to see that both were full of BS led me to having a nervous breakdown.

Body, Mind and Spirit
The Lord will bless you with the health and strength of body, mind and spirit.
See the nervous breakdown mentioned above. The mission managed to completely break down my strength of mind. Also, I needed two surgeries within ten years of this being given and I put on 70 pounds. All of this happened before I left Mormonism, so it's a stretch of the imagination to say that this actually happened. I've been in much better shape since I left the church.

A Career
The Lord will bless you as you apply yourself in preparation for your life's work. You will find much peace and happiness as you pursue the work you plan to do.
Actually, pursuing the work I wanted to do was a huge headache and, because it wasn't paying, didn't bring me peace.

Membership in the Church
It was your desire to come into a home where these principles were taught and lived so that you could enjoy a lifetime membership in His church.
The supposed principles of the gospel were taken to absurd and nearly abusive extremes in the home I grew up it. It played a big role in me beginning to doubt the church.

A Good Example
Your Heavenly Father is pleased with your desire to serve as a true servant to Him and to those you contact. As you work with your family members and your member friends you will be an instrument in His hands, a light unto them, and an example for them to follow. As you associate with your non-member friends they will see in you the qualities that set you apart and they will desire to know what they are. Thus giving you an opportunity to continue your missionary labors throughout your life sharing your testimony and teaching the principles of the gospel.
I am a great example. I work very diligently toward helping my friends and family to not be Mormon.

Callings
You will have many opportunities to serve in the church. You will be called to serve in many different capacities and don't at any time consider a calling to be unimportant. Each calling will give you a different experience to learn and grow spiritually and an opportunity to show your Heavenly Father that you love Him and are willing and eager to serve Him and your fellowmen.
I received very few callings before leaving the church. In fact, in three of the wards I lived in, they didn't bother to give me a calling despite the fact I was willing and worthy.

Protection
Your Heavenly Father loves you very much. He will watch over and protect you and give you the inspiration you need to carry out the responsibilities that come to you not only now but through out your lifetime.
Sure, but this was a statistical probability.



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