This work, a companion to Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, contains over 800 blessings performed between the years 1835-1995 by the presiding patriarchs of the LDS Church and others; Uncle John Smith (brother of Joseph Smith Sr.), John Smith (son of Hyrum Smith), Hyrum G. Smith (great-grandson of Hyrum Smith), Joseph Fielding Smith (great-grandson of Hyrum Smith), and Eldred G. Smith (great-great-grandson of Hyrum Smith).
Patriarchal blessings given to Latter-day Saints provide an abundance of promises and constitute a guide for living. Although patriarchal blessings are considered sacred to their recipients, they can also offer historians as well as theologians a view into the doctrinal beliefs and eternal goals shared by the church at specific times and places. Because the blessings span a century and a half, changes in trends are noticeable In this book, the blessings are organized chronologically according to patriarch.
Although Mormonism offers many unique practices and rituals, patriarchal blessings stand out among them because of their personal nature and, as readers will see, the autonomy given to the patriarchs in voicing doctrines and aspirations.
H. Michael Marquardt is the author of Inventing Mormonism: Tradition and the Historical Record; The Joseph Smith Revelations: Text and Commentary; and Lost Apostles: Forgotten Members of Mormonism’s Original Quorum of Twelve.