|Date Received:||Nov 16, 1997|
|Stake:||San Jose California East|
*****: In the name of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood in me vested, I lay my hands upon your head to confer a patriarchal blessing which you desire at this time - that it may serve as a spiritual guide; a source of spiritual strength as your prepare yourself for the eternities.
*****, you dwelled with our Father in Heaven in the first estate and were a noble spirit who expressed love unto our Eternal Father in the councils of heaven. You rejoiced as the great plan of salvation was unfolded through which, a Savior, the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, would come to earth to atone for the sins of mankind - that all who loved, obeyed His commandments and persevered faithfully unto the end might feel of His peace, joy and through His loving mercy be blessed with an eternal crown of glory and dwell in the celestial mansion on High. And the angels in heaven rejoiced over you for the covenants made, then, that despite challenges, through the Spirit, you would overcome them, persevere faithfully unto the end that He might receive you in His Arms of Love.
You are from the house of Israel of the lineage of Ephraim who merited the blessings of the first-born; the faithful servant who loved the Lord and endured to the end. As a member of this seed, you qualify for the blessings, promises and responsibilities given unto this seed. Continue to walk steadfastly wearing the armor of Truth; walking in paths of righteousness that the Spirit of the Lord may always be with you, guide, direct; be to your right, to your left; go forth before you and lead you to that which is for your highest good.
I bless you with the gift of discernment - the ability to distinguish the things of God and of the adversary who is rampant and will try to cause darkness that you may stumble, be led from the chosen path of our Eternal Father and Son Jesus Christ. Pray unceasingly. Glorify His name that your armor may increase and become as a light that no darkness may befall you. Through love and faithful prayers, you shall overcome all, even the evil one - for in truth, you are a chosen noble warrior of our Lord; He has designs on you, great blessings and accomplishments to be realized. So, go forth in faith believing that He is the Creator of heaven and earth. It is He, your lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who gives you life and has blessed you with a sound mind that you may go forth victoriously to accomplish your purpose on earth.
I bless you with the gift of Godly knowledge. Continue to search out of the best books, His Holy Scriptures. Pray unto the Father in the name of His Son Jesus Christ that you may understand the import of the Words of Life which is the Gospel; for they will be a spiritual armor and will see you through challenges which will come upon you; and you shall overcome through faith, His Spirit and Word.
I bless you with Godly wisdom - that through the Knowledge acquired you may make wise decisions; sound choices leading unto life eternal and be a blessing unto others as you counsel through the Spirit.
The Sabbath Day - continue to keep it holy. It belongs unto our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. On this special day as you partake of the Holy Emblems, praise Him for the good parents with which you have been blessed; for brothers and sisters; for your home where therein reigns peace amidst affliction and the sorrow which dwells outside in this world He has created. Express thanks for His great atoning sacrifice on the cross; for the love He continues to express unto you.
Callings in the Church - honor them; for as you go forth in great dedication expressing unfeigned love unto Him, He will bless you. Be a strength unto your peers; as opportunities are offered, testify of Him that He is your Lord and Savior; that the Gospel of hope, love, and peace is true and has been restored in these the latter-days.
At this time, I bless your body with health and strength and say unto you: Abide by the Word of Wisdom - always. Keep in mind you are a temple of our Father in Heaven; that the earthly tabernacle houses your spirit - that you may go forth to accomplish your earthly purpose.
I bless you with the spirit of Elijah. For the time will come when you will have the opportunity to enter His Holy House and therein do vicarious work for the dead; for your progenitors who await the work to be done. And the way and means at that point of time in your life shall be opened unto you. And many at the last day will call you blessed for having the Spirit of the Lord poured upon you that you might be a savior unto many who passed this mortal life.
Continue to walk virtuously before our Father in Heaven; the day will come when you will be blessed with the opportunity to enter His Holy House and therein be sealed for time and for all eternity unto a righteous and spiritual companion. And you will be blessed with a great righteous posterity. You shall then receive the blessings promised unto father Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: Of eternal increase; the power of the Higher Priesthood which you shall bear and go forth being a blessing unto others through honoring and magnifying it. Magnify the Priesthood you now hold that you may continue to be cleansed and purified; and, in truth, become a light unto others and your body be a shining armor radiating light amidst darkness and bring hope unto others in despair.
Continue to walk in His Path that you may receive the opportunity, the blessing to go forth as one of His servants to preach the Gospel of repentance unto salvation - that you may honor Him who gives you life and know the great joy and happiness that comes from having served our Father in Heaven. I bless you with the ability to communicate effectively through the Spirit, touch and mold lives that more glory and honor may be rendered unto our Heavenly Father - that your name may be written, amongst all those, His servants, in the Lambís book of life: One who honored our Father. Brought souls, glory and honor unto Him.
I bless you in your educational pursuits and tell you: Consult the Lord in all your doings. He will be your source of strength and guide. He shall illumine you; make things clear, understandable unto you for He is all intelligence and knowledge. Remember, the glory of God is intelligence; the better prepared and learned of His Kingdom, the faster will you overcome obstacles which come your way - then shall you be victorious, know joy and success. I bless you that you may be led, guided to those who will be a blessing unto you - both temporal and spiritual.
I bless you that you may be a good provider. I tell you: Abide by the law of tithing. Render unto Him, always, that which is His due. And the promise is that the windows of heaven shall always be opened unto you. Your table shall be filled with plenty of good nourishment for the mind and body. You shall never want as you honor this law. And peace and joy shall reign in your heart and in those with whom the Lord will bless you; they shall see your example and honor you and honor the Lord.
I seal the blessings of strength, health; of peace which comes through the knowledge of the Gospel of the Prince of Peace. Seek after His Kingdom and He shall accompany you, always, and bless you with the righteous desires of your heart and which are for your good.
Honor your parents. Express love unto them for the love they show unto you; for their example that can only be displayed through the Gospel principles which they live.
I seal upon you the resurrection, to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection dressed in the holy robes of the Priesthood; accompanied by your loved ones; singing hosannas unto our Lord Jesus Christ as He descends in clouds of glory to welcome you into His Kingdom for having honored and dedicated a righteous life, being an example unto others. I seal upon you the gift of exaltation which is to dwell in the presence of our Eternal Father and his Son Jesus Christ and beget spiritual increase - and this, all to the glory and honor of His Kingdom. These blesses, which are predicated upon your faithful, loving endurance to the cause of righteousness, I seal upon your head. I do so, as patriarch in this stake of Zion, in Jesus Christís name: our Lord; our Savior; our Redeemer. Amen.
Victor Escobar, Stake Patriarch