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                                  BLESSINGS

                                     and

                                  ORDINANCES

                                   HANDBOOK

                                   PREFACE

This pocket-size Handbook is published as a companion to our Blessings
And Ordinances book and contains suggested instructions for performing those
21 items--keeping in mind that the Lord has not revealed actual words for
These ordinances except for baptism and the sacrament.

The reference abbreviations used in this pamphlet are about the same as
In the book:

MH 1946 = The Missionary's Hand Book, pub. By LDS Church, 1946 rev. Ed.,
"Ordinances and Ceremonies" Chapter, pp. 132-150.

CH 1998 = Church Handbook of Instruction, Book 1: Stake Presidencies and
Bishoprics, pub. By LDS Church, 1998, "Ordinances and Blessings" Section, pp.
23-36.

Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in
Which he is appointed, in all diligence.
He that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand, and he that
Learns not his duty and shows himself not approved shall not be counted worthy
To stand. (D & C 107:99-100)

[1]                          Blessing of Children

"The child is taken in the arms of the elders; and the elder who is voice
May begin in substance; "Our Father in heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ and
In the authority of the holy priesthood, we present before Thee this infant to
Give it a name and a blessing. And we give it the name of _____________." To
This may be added such words of blessing as the spirit may dictate." (MH 1946,
P. 135)

                                   Baptism

"The officiating elder should hold securely in his left hand the hands
[or wrists] of the person being baptized. He should raise his right hand and
Arm to the square, and calling the candidate by name, say: `Having been
Commissioned of Jesus Christ, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of
The Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.' The right hand should then be placed on
The back of the candidate; he or she should be completely immersed and then
Assisted in `coming up out of the water.'" (MH 1946, p. 138)

[2]
Rebaptism
Suggestion: "Having authority, I baptize you, Brother (Or Sister)
__________, for the renewal of your covenants and for the remission of your
Sins, in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Ghost." (Missionary
Journal of James H. Clarke [to England], 1890-91, p. 162)

Baptism for the Dead
"Brother (Or Sister) _________, having been commissioned of Jesus Christ,
I baptize you for and in behalf of ___________, who is dead, in the name of
The Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, Amen."

                                 Confirmation

"No set form is given for this ordinance, but a baptized person is
Properly confirmed a member of the Church if the following words are used by
The member of the priesthood whose hands are laid on the head of the
Candidate: Calling the candidate by name--`In the name of Jesus Christ and by
The authority of the holy [Melchizedek] Priesthood, we lay our hands upon your
Head and confirm you a member of the Church of Jesus Christ [of Latter-day
Saints] and say unto you, receive the Holy Ghost, Amen.'" (MH 1946, p. 139)
(Italics are the compiler's.)

[3]
Reconfirmation
Example: "Brother (Or Sister) _______, in the name of Jesus Christ and by
The authority of the holy [Melchizedek] Priesthood, we lay our hands upon your
Head and reconfirm you a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints and say unto you, Receive the Holy Ghost. We reconfirm upon you all
Your former blessings in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." (Missionary Journal
Of James H. Clark [to England], 1890-91, p. 162) [Or, use same wording as in
First confirmation.]

                     Priesthood Conferral and Ordination

"Aaronic Priesthood: After calling the person by name, the officiating
Elder should say: `In the name of Jesus Christ, and by the authority of the
Melchizedek Priesthood vested in us, we lay our hands upon your head and
Confer upon you the Aaronic Priesthood, and ordain you to the office of a
Deacon in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and bestow upon you
All the rights, powers and authority pertaining to this office and calling in
The Aaronic Priesthood.' (Aaronic Priesthood should not be conferred again
When ordaining to the offices of teacher or priest.)

[4] Melchizedek Priesthood: After calling the person by name, the officiating
Elder should say: `In the name of Jesus Christ, and by the authority of the
Melchizedek Priesthood vested in us, we lay our hands upon your head and
Confer upon you the Melchizedek Priesthood, and ordain you to the office of an
Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and bestow upon you
All the rights, powers and authority pertaining to this office and calling in
The holy Melchizedek Priesthood in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.' (Melch.
Prst. Should not be conferred again when ordaining to other offices in that
Priesthood.)"
(The Elders Manual, Jos. F. Smith, Pres., April 1, 1914, p. 51; see also
MH 46, p 141.)

                                  Sacrament

Blessing on the Bread: "O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the
Name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls
Of all those who partake of it, that they may eat in remembrance of the body
Of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are
Willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and
Keep his commandments which he has given them; that they may always have his
Spirit to be with them. Amen."

[5] Blessing on the Water: "O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the
Name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine [water] to the
Souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the
Blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O
God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have
His Spirit to be with them. Amen." (D & C 20:77 & 79)

                               Consecrating Oil

"The elders should hold the bottle of olive oil from which the stopper
Has been removed and consecrate it under inspiration from the Holy Spirit. The
One speaking may say in substance:
`Our Father in heaven, we present before Thee this oil, and in the
Authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood we consecrate it, and dedicate it, and
Set it apart for the anointing and blessing of the sick, in the name of Jesus
Christ. Amen.'
Care should be taken to dedicate the oil and not the container." (MH
1946, p. 144)

[6]                       Administering to the Sick

"Anointing the Sick: A few drops of consecrated oil should be poured upon
The head of the sick person. One elder then lays his hands on the person's
Head, and may say in substance: Calling the individual by name--`In the name
Of Jesus Christ and in the authority of the holy priesthood I lay my hands
Upon your head and anoint you with this oil which has been dedicated for the
Blessing of the sick to the end that you may be made whole and restored to
Health.' To this may be added such words of blessing as the Spirit may
Dictate.

Sealing the Anointing: Two or more elders lay their hands on the head of
The sick person, who has been anointed, and the one speaking may say in
Substance: Calling the individual by name--`In the name of Jesus Christ and in
The authority of the holy priesthood we seal and confirm upon you the
Anointing of the consecrated oil with which you have been anointed to the end
That the blessing pronounced in the anointing may be realized.' To this may be
Added such words of blessing as the Spirit may dictate." (MH 1946, pp. 145-46)

[7]                          Marriage Ceremonies

Monogamous Non-Temple Ceremony: (The Missionary's Hand Book, 1946, pp.
147-149)
(After all requirements have been met :)
"The elder, the bridegroom and the best man may precede by a few minutes
The bride to the place designated for the performance of the ceremony. The
Bride may come to the designated place accompanied by her father, brother or
Other male relative. The bride will then take her place on the left side of
The bridegroom.
[After appropriate introductory remarks] ... The one officiating,
Addressing the couple, will say: `You will please take each other by the right
Hand.' This done, the one officiating, addressing the bridegroom, will
Continue: _________ (Calling him by his full name), `you take _________
(Calling the bride by her full name) by the right hand in token of the
Covenant you now enter into to become her companion and husband, to love,
Honor, and cherish her as long as you both shall live. And you hereby promise
To observe all the laws, covenants, and obligations pertaining to the holy
State of matrimony, and this you do in the presence of God, and these
Witnesses of your own free will and choice?'
[8] Answer in affirmative.
The one officiating, addressing the bride, will continue: `________
(Calling her by her full name), you take _________ (Calling the bridegroom by
His full name) by the right hand in token of the covenant you now enter into
To become his companion and wife, to love, honor, and cherish him as long as
You both shall live, and promise to observe all the laws, covenants, and
Obligations pertaining to the holy state of matrimony, and this you do in the
Presence of God, and these witnesses of your own free will and choice?'
Answer in the affirmative.
If a ring ceremony, the couple at this juncture shall unclasp hands, and
The bride-groom shall place the ring upon the fourth finger of the bride's
Left hand.
The one officiating may then say: `This ring is given and received as a
Token and pledge of the covenant between you. Let the precious metal be an
Emblem of the purity of your love; and the circle a symbol of its enduring
Nature.'
Addressing the couple again: `You will please join hands. By virtue of
The authority vested in me as an Elder of the Church of [9] Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, I pronounce you ___________ (Groom) and ___________ (Bride)
Husband and wife legally and lawfully wedded for the period of your mortal
Lives. May God bless your union with joy in your posterity and a long life of
Happiness together, and may He enable you to keep sacred the covenants you
Have now made. These blessings I invoke upon you in the name of the Lord Jesus
Christ. Amen.'
`You may kiss each other as husband and wife.'"



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Plural Marriage Ceremony:
(The Seer, O. Pratt, 1853, pp. 31-32)
"The President, who is the Prophet, Seer, and Revelator [or other
qualified Melchizedek Priesthood holder] ... calls upon the bridegroom, and
his wife, and the bride to arise, which they do, fronting the President. The
wife stands on the left hand of her husband, while the bride stands on her
left. The President, then, puts this question to the wife: `Are you willing to
give this woman to your husband to be his lawful and wedded wife for time and
for all eternity? If you are, you will manifest it by placing her right hand
within the right hand of your husband [in the Patriarchal grip].'
[10] The right hands of the bridegroom and bride, being thus joined, the wife
takes her husband by the left arm, as if in the attitude of walking; the
President, then, proceeds to ask the following question of the man: `Do you
brother (calling him by name), take sister (calling the bride by her name), by
the right hand to receive her unto yourself to be your lawful and wedded wife,
and you to be her lawful and wedded husband for time and for all eternity,
with a covenant and promise, on your part, that you will fulfil all the laws,
rites, and ordinances, pertaining to this holy matrimony, in the new and
everlasting covenant, doing this in the presence of God, angels, and these
witnesses of your own free will and choice?' The bridegroom answers yes.
The President, then, puts the question to the bride: `Do you, sister
(calling her by name), take brother (calling him by name), by the right hand,
and give yourself to him, to be his lawful and wedded wife for time and for
all eternity with a covenant and promise, on your part, that you will fulfil
all the laws, rites, and ordinances, pertaining to this holy matrimony, in the
new and everlasting covenant, doing this in the presence of God, angels, and
these witnesses of your own free will and choice?' The bride answers, yes.
[11] The President then says, `In the name of Jesus Christ, and by the
authority of the Holy Priesthood, I pronounce you legally and lawfully husband
and wife for time and for all eternity; and I seal upon you the blessings of
the holy resurrection, with power to come forth in the morning of the first
resurrection, clothed with glory, immortality, and eternal lives; and I seal
upon you the blessings of thrones, and dominions, and principalities, and
powers, and exaltations, together with the blessings of Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob, and say unto you be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,
that you may have joy and rejoicing in your posterity in the day of the Lord
Jesus. All these blessings, together with all other blessings pertaining to
the new and everlasting covenant, I seal upon your heads, through your
faithfulness unto the end, by the authority of the Holy Priesthood, in the
name of the father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.'
The scribe, then, enters on the general record, the date and place of the
marriage, together with the names of two or three witnesses who were present."


[12]                          Father's Blessing

"Father's blessings and other priesthood blessings are given to provide
direction and comfort as guided by the Spirit." (CH 1998, p. 34)

"To give a father's blessing or other blessings of comfort and counsel,
one or more worthy Melchizedek Priesthood holders place their hands lightly on
the person's head. Then the priesthood holder who gives the blessing:

1. Calls the person by his or her full name.
2.  States that the blessing is performed by the authority of the Melchizedek
    Priesthood.
3. Blesses the person as the Spirit directs.
4. Closes in the name of Jesus Christ." (CH 1998, p. 34)


                            Patriarchal Blessing

"Every worthy, baptized member of the Church is entitled to and should
receive a patriarchal blessing, which provides inspired direction from the
Lord." (CH 1998, p. 34)

[13] (no set words) "The Patriarch will lay his hands upon your head, call you
by your full name and tell you by what authority he gives you this blessing.
For example, `Brother (or Sister) ________, in the authority of the Holy
Melchizedek Priesthood which I bear, and under appointment as a Patriarch in
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I lay my hands upon your head
and give you a patriarchal blessing.'" ("Answers to Questions about
Patriarchal Blessings," dissertation by Thomas W. Grassley, 1979, p. 6)


                              Dedication of Home

"Church members may dedicate their homes as sacred edifices where the
Holy Spirit can reside and where family members can worship, find safety from
the world, grow spiritually, and prepare for eternal family relationships."
(CH 98, p. 34)
The Melchizedek Priesthood holder dedicating the home:
1.  Brings both arms to the square [which has been referred to as the sign of
    the Holy Melchizedek Priesthood].
2. Addresses Heavenly Father in prayer.
3.  States it is by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood that he
    holds.
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4. Dedicates the home as he is inspired.
5.  Commands the powers of Satan to depart, in the name of Jesus Christ.
6. Adds any other blessings as the Spirit dictates.
7. Closes in the name of Jesus Christ.
(Not taken exactly from either handbook; additions by the compilers)


                            Dedication of Grave

"A grave should be dedicated by one holding the Melchizedek Priesthood.
The one offering the prayer may begin: `Our Father in heaven, surrounding this
open grave, we dedicate and consecrate this spot of earth as the final resting
place for the body of ________.' To this may appropriately be added
supplication to the Lord that this spot of earth may be a hallowed place to
which the kindred may come, and that at the time appointed for its
resurrection, the body may again come forth reanimated by the spirit." (MH
1946, p. 150)

To dedicate a grave, the Melchizedek Priesthood holder:
1.  Addresses Heavenly Father [with both hands raised to the square].
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2.  States that he is acting by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood.
3.  Dedicates and consecrates the burial plot as the resting place for the
    body of the deceased.
4.  (Where appropriate) prays that the place will be hallowed and protected
    until the Resurrection.
5.  Asks the Lord to comfort the family and expresses thoughts as the Spirit
    directs
6. Closes in the name of Jesus Christ."
(CH 1998, p. 34; italics are the compiler's.)

                                    * * *


                          Casting Out Evil Spirits

"And these signs shall follow them that believe--In my name they shall do
many wonderful works; In my name they shall cast out devils; ..." (D & C
84:65-67)


                            Shaking Dust Off Feet

"And in whatsoever place ye shall enter, and they receive you not in my
name, ye shall leave a cursing instead of a blessing, by casting off the dust
of your feet against them as a testimony, and cleansing your feet by the
wayside." (D & C 24:15, July 1830)


[16]                          Washing of Feet

"I then said to the Elders, As I have done so do ye: wash ye, therefore,
one another's feet; and by the power of the Holy Ghost I pronounced them all
clean from the blood of this generation; but if any of them should sin
wilfully after they were thus cleansed, and sealed up unto eternal life, they
should be given over unto the buffetings of Satan until the day of
redemption." (Joseph Smith, DHC 1:323-24)


                        Woman's Confinement Blessing

"For women, the ordinance [of washing and anointing] was particularly
associated with healing, especially in the case of sisters who were pregnant
or experiencing childbirth. As part of the ceremony, the man or woman
performing the ordinance would lay his or her hands upon a person's head,
`anoint' the person with olive oil specially consecrated for that purpose and
pronounce a blessing upon the person in need." (Sillito/Lieber, Weber Studies
5:1, Spring 1988, p. 62)


[17]                          Sealing Men to Men
                            The Law of Adoption

"But when we come to other sealing ordinances, ordinances pertaining to
the holy Priesthood, to connect the chain of the Priesthood from father Adam
until now, by sealing children to their parents, being sealed for our
forefathers, etc., they cannot be done without a Temple. We can seal women to
men, but not men to men, without a Temple." (Brigham Young, JD 16:186)


                            True Order of Prayer

"I can tell you it is time for us to be humble, prayerful, to live our
religion,--not only those men who hold office--not merely those who are
selected to lead prayer-circles and to pray according to the holy order, but
it is for all; ..." (Heber C. Kimball, JD 8:108)
"The Lord Almighty has revealed unto us truths and principles. He has
given us commandments, shown and taught us the order of prayer, and how to
worship in spirit and in truth. He has given us signs which it is our
privilege to use to indicate our determination before him." (Joseph F. Smith,
Imp. Era 9:812)


[18]                          Temple Endowment

"You need an endowment, brethren, in order that you may be prepared and
able to overcome all things." (TPJS, p. 91)
"He [God] has required that we should build a house unto His name, that
the ordinances and blessings of His kingdom may be revealed, and that the
Elders may be endowed, go forth and gather together the blood of Ephraim--the
people of God, from the ends of the earth." (J. Smith, DHC 6:13)


                              Second Anointing

"For any person to have the fulness of that Priesthood, he must be a king
and a priest." (Manu. Hist. of B.Y., Watson, Aug. 6, 1843)
"... Pres. Lorenzo Snow spoke upon the subject of giving Second
Anointings. He said that this blessing brought a person to a greater knowledge
of things pertaining to God and His purposes in the earth, that the glorious
things of the kingdom were made clear to the understanding of the man.
Therefore it would be a very serious thing for a man to apostatize after he
had received this great blessing." (Clawson Journal, April 8, 1901)


[19]                        Calling and Election

". . . brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:
for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: for so an entrance shall be
ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ." (II Peter 1:10-11)
"The more sure word of prophecy means a man's knowing that he is sealed
up unto eternal life, by revelation and the spirit of prophecy, through the
power of the Holy Priesthood." (D & C 131:5)



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