For members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, patriarchal blessings are essentially a gift from the Lord for being righteous people who keep the covenants they have made. For the living, they provide guidance, but what happens to these precious documents when their recipients have moved onto the next world? While it is possible that a spouse or child may end up with a copy of the blessing in their possession, it will most likely become lost or damaged over time, if proper care is not taken to protect it.
If you are a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and are a direct descendant (child, grandchild, great-grandchild, etcetera) of someone who obtained a patriarchal blessing, who is now deceased, you can order a copy of it from the Church Archives. You can do this by following the directions provided at the link below:
Requesting the blessings via email still provides you with paper copies that will come through the mail, but also allows for conversations between requesters and representatives in case more information or clarification is needed.
Patriarchal blessings can be an important if not essential part of a Book of Remembrance. They testify to the faithfulness of ancestors and provide descendants with meaningful insight into the lives of their predecessors. For those who are working on compiling the spiritual experiences of ancestors, obtaining patriarchal blessings can become an important part of that process.