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Dear Gramps,

There was a discussion in Priesthood meeting on giving blessings. One of the brethern said you do not, with much emphasis on not, give blessings to those who are not members of the church. Several of the brethern said if faith is there, and even tho they be not baptised members of the church, it is OK to give blessings. What is the Mormon church policy on this? I have tried to find it in some of the books and references I have to no avail.

Thomas

 

Answer

 

Dear Thomas,

Do they think that Jesus required all the people he helped to be baptized before he blessed them? The prerequisites for a blessing under the hands of the priesthood are faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and a desire to receive a blessing from the Lord. I have had the privilege of giving health blessings to a number of non-members–one, an elderly lady who was baptized a week after she was healed from a life-long illness.

 

Gramps

 

 

 

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