Later Patriarchal Blessings


Later Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

A companion to Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this work contains over 800 patriarchal blessings performed between 1835-1995.

November, 2012

SKU: 978-1-56085-221-6 Category: Tags: , Author: H. Michael MarquardtProduct ID: 1398


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.

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1 review for Later Patriarchal Blessings

  1. Nate R., The Juvenile Instructor

    Patriarchal blessings as an historical source often tell us more about the individual bestowing the blessing than the receiver; or provide insight into contemporary Mormonism’s values and assumptions. However, as I sat in the Special Collections reading room and examined the document, I couldn’t help but try to place myself in the thirteen-year-old’s shoes, rather than those of “Uncle” John Smith, brother of Joseph Smith Sr. Young Joseph F. Smith had been in the Salt Lake Valley for a few years by 1852 and had been baptized in May of that year—the upheaval of the Mormon Exodus had delayed his entry into the Church. And—though Joseph F. did not know it—it would be just another few months before his mother, Mary Fielding Smith, would pass away, and less than two years before he would be on his way to the Hawaiian Islands as a fifteen-year-old missionary.

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