Last night I went to a great Relief Society Enrichment night. Cindy Webb taught us how to breakdown our Patriarchal Blessings to really understand what they mean individually to each of us.
Patriarchal Blessings speak to our:
They are prophetic utterances all in the interest of assuring us of God's love and his willingness to help us face the challenges and trials of our lives.
Three main things to look for in your Patriarchal Blessing:
1. Information: about you: this helps you understand your identity. Virtues you may acquire, service you may render, pathways you may traverse, gifts you may receive if you are willing to develop them.
2. Blessings: that are promised if you stay faithful, which help us recognize God's hand in our lives.
1. Counsel or warnings, and instruction: that we should heed, assuring us of His ready and constant availability in our lives.
Make a copy of your blessing and mark each phrase that is either information, a blessing or counsel with a different color pencil. You will find that some of them overlap and can be information and a blessing, or a blessing and counsel. So mark that phrase with one color and underline it with another so you can identify it.
Then write out each phrase in a list of information, blessings and counsels separately. With this breakdown, you can see where you are and how you are doing with the goals you and the Lord have set for you.
This isn't a short assignment, and may change over the years as what you may understand your blessing.
Try it, and see if it brings your Patriarchal Blessing to life.