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Gramps,

My Patriarchal Blessing does not say that I will be called forth on the morning of the First Resurrection. This bothers me very much. It does make reference to the eternities, but I read in a book somewhere that one of the three things this Blessing is to do is to do that. Do you think then that I won’t be called on the first resurrection?

Sandra, from Germany

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Dear Sandra,

A patriarchal blessing is not a blueprint, nor does it define the future, nor does it predict all that will happen to a person. The blessing is given as a revelation from God for guidance and comfort in one’s life, and all the blessings mentioned therein are always conditional upon obedience to gospel principles. Just because a particular blessing isn’t mentioned in no way means that we cannot obey all the principles of the gospel and receive the requisite rewards.

I think that you should move forward with every confidence that you may qualify for all the blessings that would normally be yours by obedience to the principles of the gospel. You might focus on what the blessing does say, rather than on what it doesn’t say.

Gramps

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