Text: Zara Sabin, 1892-1980. (c) 1985 IRI
In Mark Chapter 10 there is the story of the rich young man that comes to Jesus to find out what he needed to do to have eternal live. The Savior lovingly tells him that the only thing this young man is lacking is that he needs to sell all he has, give to the poor, and follow him.
This young man had been obedient to all of the other commandments, and he wanted to follow the Savior…but the command to leave his riches behind was too much for him:
22 And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
I want to follow the Savior, and I’d like to think that if I had been that young man I would have hurried to do what he asked of me. But would I? What are the Lord’s commands that I grieve over letting go of?
There is another example, in the Book of Mormon–Alma 22, of a King that asked the same question-
15 And it came to pass that after Aaron had expounded these things unto him, the king said: What shall I do that I may have this eternal life of which thou hast spoken? Yea, what shall I do that I may be born of God, having this wicked spirit rooted out of my breast, and receive his Spirit, that I may be filled with joy, that I may not be cast off at the last day? Behold, said he, I will give up all that I possess, yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy.
18 O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee,
There is my answer! All Jesus wants from me, in exchange for eternal life with him, is for me to give away all of my sins. Come to him with a broken heart and contrite spirit, repent and forsake.
Elder Robert C. Gay said-
“This is the exchange the Savior is asking of us: we are to give up all our sins, big or small, for the Father’s reward of eternal life. We are to forget self-justifying stories, excuses, rationalizations, defense mechanisms, procrastinations, appearances, personal pride, judgmental thoughts, and doing things our way. We are to separate ourselves from all worldliness and take upon us the image of God in our countenances.“
I will start where I am. I will try harder. I will give away ALL of my sins so that I can know him!
I got my Patriarchal Blessing when I was 27. I got it because Jeff told me I should. (He has always been so much better at the gospel and obedience that I am.) He was trying to help me find a way to ease the stress I was feeling after I was given a new calling at church that I was sure I wasn’t capable of. (Inspired direction from God just for me? That just might work.) Jeff was right…as usual.
I have loved reading my Patriarchal Blessing through the years. I’ve always thought it was simple and straightforward–no giant revelations or lightning bolts. Just a sweet note from Father to me.
Last week I decided that I really wanted to STUDY it. That shouldn’t take too long…It’s not like it was the book of Isaiah or anything. So, here is what I did- I went to Pinterest!
I found this idea! Patriarchal Blessing in scripture format. Genius!! I was going to turn my blessing into a book of scripture to make it easier to study. Each paragraph became like a chapter, each thought became a verse.
This is how I broke the study into small bites-
- Define any word you are unsure of. I looked in the Bible dictionary and Webster. Write it all down.
- Research your lineage. Lds.org and the scriptures were helpful with this one.
- Identify the blessings promised.
- Find any cautions you are given.
- List mention of Spiritual Gifts. Look them up in the scriptures or lds.org.
- Write down any other impressions you have while studying, highlight things you want to learn more about.
- Feel the love!
My blessing is so much more valuable to me now. I have been so inspired to try to live so that I can have all of the blessings that Heavenly Father wants to give me.
How do you study your blessing? How has it changed your life?
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The day ended with teaching a purse class- always fun, and good reports from all teachers at Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Just another day in paradise!