When I was 16 years old I decided that I was ready to receive my patriarchal blessing. I was very excited, but also very nervous. I was told to fast and pray before going to receive it and at the time I prayed for one specific answer to come through my patriarchal blessing. I prayed that my patriarchal blessing would confirm to me that I would have the opportunity to be a mother. When I received my patriarchal blessing my prayers were answered and it was confirmed to me that I would have that opportunity.
Three months ago I had a miscarriage and became very discouraged that I would not be able to have children naturally. Through out these last months I have been praying for comfort and I recently was guided to my patriarchal blessing. I know that my blessing is personal revelation for me, from a loving Heavenly Father who knows my needs and my desires. I know that if I can have faith and continue to do my best in living the gospel of Jesus Christ that I will be blessed.
President Monson said, "Your patriarchal blessing is yours and yours alone. It may be brief or lengthy, simple or profound. Length and language do not a patriarchal blessing make. It is the Spirit that conveys the true meaning. Your blessing is not to be folded neatly and tucked away. It is not to be framed or published. Rather, it is to be read. It is to be loved. It is to be followed. Your patriarchal blessing will see you through the darkest night. It will guide you through life’s dangers.... Your patriarchal blessing is to you a personal Liahona to chart your course and guide your way."
It has been over two years since I last read my patriarchal blessing. When was the last time that you read yours? I encourage you all to turn to it weekly, if not daily, for guidance and comfort. And if you have not yet received your patriarchal blessing I encourage you to do so. It has brought me much comfort throughout my life and I have seen many things fulfilled within it.