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Monday, August 4, 2008


The first Sunday we were in Pennsylvania, we decided to go ahead and have Lucas blessed. And in my mind, I have all these lofty ideals of pictures I want to take to commemorate the occasion. In the end, however, I'm lucky to get pictures at all.

with dad.

He (Lucas) wore the same outfit that was purchased by my mom for Miles. It's probably my favorite thing ever (I say that about a lot of stuff, eh?)She also crocheted the blanket you can see here. She's amazing... she has crocheted a different blessing blanket for EACH of my children. No, they're not allowed to touch them. Yes, they can have them when THEY have children of their own. Until then, they're MINE.

no neck lucas.

And it was a really wonderful blessing. Matt blessed him with the ability to unify his family in love and righteousness among other things. And so far, Lucas is doing his part... that is to say, we're unified in our love for this little man.

love this one.


Char @ Crap I've Made said...

So sweet! Sadly, I don't remember a word of Bennett's blessing. Something about his brother yelling "I HATE CHURCH! LET'S GO HOME!" interfered with my listening skillz.

Audrey said...

Nice new specs Matt. Beautiful lighting in all your PA photos!

Brian said...

Handsome boy!

Alissa, care to inform a man uninformed of your spiritual practices. When you say blessing what does that entail?

Just curious.

Alissa said...

For Brian:

Naming and Blessing Children

“Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name” (D&C 20:70). In conformity with this revelation, only worthy men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood may participate in naming and blessing children. The ordinance of naming and blessing children requires authorization from the presiding authority.

When blessing a baby, men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood gather in a circle and hold the baby in their hands. When blessing an older child, brethren place their hands lightly on the child’s head. The person who gives the blessing:

1. Addresses Heavenly Father.
2. States that the blessing is given by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood.
3. Gives the child a name.
4. Gives a priesthood blessing as the Spirit directs.
5. Closes in the name of Jesus Christ.

Brian said...

Cool. Thanks for the info. So under step 3 the Priest doesn't get to give him any name can he? Is it like a spiritual name or does the Priest just reiterate the name you've chosen?

There's a lot of examples in the Bible when Jesus or the Lord rename people with a spiritual meaning and I'm just curious if it's the same type of thing.

Sorry if this is annoying you.

Alissa said...

The best news, Brian, is that Matt is a Melchizedek priesthood holder and an Elder and therefore, HE is the one who blesses the baby. So he gives him the name we've already legally given him, lol.

And you're totally not bugging me. Feel free to ask as many questions as you'd like.

Brian said...

Ah, it's all coming together now.

I didn't know that about Matt, what else is he hiding from me?

Probably candy.

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