Patriarchal Blessings

The Church History Library serves as the official archive for patriarchal blessings. We preserve the millions of blessings given in the Church’s history by keeping multiple copies in multiple locations.

If you have received a patriarchal blessing, you may request a copy of it online. You may also request the patriarchal blessing of a deceased spouse or child or of a direct-line ancestor. Because of the sacred nature of patriarchal blessings, each request is carefully researched and verified by a staff member at the Church History Library. (For more details about requesting a patriarchal blessing online, see “How can I obtain a copy of my patriarchal blessing?” below.)

Additionally, priesthood leaders and patriarchs may use their Church Accounts to access online tools for working with patriarchal blessings. Priesthood leaders may create and submit patriarchal blessing recommends online. After giving a blessing, patriarchs can submit the blessing to the Church History Library online.

For help using your Church Account, please call 1-801-240-3500.

Frequently Asked Questions about Patriarchal Blessings

What is a patriarchal blessing?

“Every worthy, baptized member is entitled to receive a patriarchal blessing, which provides inspired direction from Heavenly Father” (General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 18.17, ChurchofJesusChrist.org). Patriarchal blessings include a declaration of a person’s lineage in the house of Israel and contain personal counsel from the Lord. As a person studies his or her patriarchal blessing and follows the counsel it contains, it will provide guidance, comfort, and protection. (Learn more on the Gospel Topics page.)

How can I obtain a copy of my patriarchal blessing?

“A person who has received a patriarchal blessing should carefully safeguard the printed copy. However, if this copy is lost or destroyed, the person may request a new one. He or she can make this request at Patriarchal Blessings on ChurchofJesusChrist.org. If this is not possible, the person contacts his or her bishop for assistance” (General Handbook, 18.17.2). The Church History Library can provide a copy of a patriarchal blessing that has been submitted by your patriarch.

To obtain a copy of a patriarchal blessing, you will need:

  • A Church Account.
  • Your Church membership record number (MRN). If no MRN is available, primary documentation of the identity of the requester is needed.
  • The blessing recipient’s current name.
  • The blessing recipient’s name at the time the blessing was given.
  • Names of the blessing recipient’s parents, including the mother’s maiden name.
  • The birth date of the blessing recipient.
  • The approximate year the blessing was given, if known.
  • The patriarch’s name, if known.
  • Your relationship to the recipient (for deceased direct-line family member blessing requests).
  • If no MRN has been provided, documentation of your relationship to the recipient.
  • Your mailing address, including apartment number or P.O. box number.
  • Your email address.
  • Your primary telephone number.

You may request copies of patriarchal blessings in several ways:

  • Online: Go to ChurchofJesusChrist.org. In the top right corner of the screen, click My Account and Ward, and then select Patriarchal Blessing. In the new window, sign in to your Church Account, and then click My Blessings. Follow the instructions to verify personal information. Please ensure that the membership record number (MRN) field is filled in. If you do not have an MRN, you will be required to submit documentation regarding your personal identity and your relationship to any deceased family members whose blessings you request. To request a blessing, click the personal request icon or the family member request icon, and provide all required information. Upon verification by library staff, patriarchal blessings will be delivered online through your Church Account. Internet Explorer and Edge are not supported web browsers.
  • Ecclesiastical Leader: If you do not have access to a computer or are unable to create a Church Account, you may have your ecclesiastical leader (bishop, branch president, or mission president) request a copy of your blessing on your behalf.
  • In Person: Individuals may use Church History Library computers during regular hours to request copies of their own patriarchal blessing or those of deceased direct-line family members. Individuals will be required to create a Church Account to request copies of any patriarchal blessings. Library patrons may also use the library’s cash-operated printers to print copies of patriarchal blessings already attached to their Church Accounts.

For more information, please call 1-801-240-3500.

Why must I include my membership record number (MRN) or provide alternative documentation?

Your patriarchal blessing is sacred, confidential, and personal. The best way for us to verify that we are delivering your blessing to the right person is through your membership record number (MRN). You may be able to locate your MRN on your temple recommend, on another Church record, or with the help of a parent, clerk, or ecclesiastical leader.

To add your MRN to your Church Account, visit this page, sign in to your account, and click Membership. If you have difficulties adding your MRN, please contact your ward clerk or call 1-801-240-3500 for Church Account help.

If you have no way to determine your MRN, you will be required to provide documentation verifying your identity and lineage for family member blessing requests. Acceptable documentation includes primary documents such as photo IDs, birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, and census records. Secondary sources, such as FamilySearch, will not be accepted. All documentation will be used for verification purposes only.

Will my personal information from my Church Account be used for any purpose other than verifying my patriarchal blessing request?

No. All information remains confidential and will be used only to verify your patriarchal blessing request.

May I share my patriarchal blessing with others?

“Each patriarchal blessing is sacred, confidential, and personal. … Church members should not compare blessings and should not share them except with close family members. Patriarchal blessings should not be read in Church meetings or other public gatherings” (General Handbook, 18.17.1). They should not be distributed or shared through electronic means, such as in the Memories section of FamilySearch or on social media, websites, or blogs.

Whose patriarchal blessing may I request?

You may request a copy of your own patriarchal blessing or that of a deceased direct-line ancestor, deceased child, or deceased spouse.

What is a direct-line family member?

A direct-line family member is an individual within your direct ancestral bloodline, such as a parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent. Deceased spouses and children are also considered direct-line family members. This does not include siblings, aunts or uncles, cousins, foster parents, or in-laws.

Why can’t I request the patriarchal blessings of my living spouse, children, or grandchildren?

Patriarchal blessings provide inspired direction to individuals; they are, by their sacred nature, private. The decision to share a blessing rests with the recipient. We invite Church members to create a Church Account and request their own patriarchal blessing.

May I request the patriarchal blessings of my children if they are on a mission or in the military?

We invite Church members to create a Church Account and request their own blessing. The blessing will be delivered through the requester’s Church Account and will become accessible wherever he or she may be serving or stationed.

How quickly will I receive copies of requested patriarchal blessings?

Because of the sacred nature of patriarchal blessings, each blessing request is carefully researched and verified by a member of the staff at the Church History Library. Information on your membership record is cross-checked with the information in the header of the patriarchal blessing’s hard-copy record. Depending on the circumstances in which the blessing was given and recorded, significant research may be required. We will contact you if we have questions or concerns. We prioritize the fulfillment of requests for personal blessings. The time frame for fulfilling your request may be several days to several months, depending on the circumstances. The request page in your Church Account will be updated periodically with notifications. We appreciate your patience as we seek to honor your requests.

Please remember that if you have recently received a patriarchal blessing, you will need to wait until you receive a paper copy of your blessing before you request an electronic copy. Patriarchs need time to transcribe and send a copy of your patriarchal blessing to the Church History Library before it becomes available electronically.

Why was my personal blessing or family member’s blessing not found?

It may be that your blessing has not yet been submitted to the Church History Library. If you have received your blessing within the last two years, please check with the patriarch.

Additionally, depending on the circumstances in which your requested blessing was given and recorded, a copy may not be in our collection. For example, patriarchal blessings were not recorded in Scandinavia until after 1849. In our process of careful research and verification, we will make every effort to locate a copy of the blessing you request.

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