The Guide to the Scriptures

    Bless, Blessed, Blessing

    To confer divine favor upon someone. Anything contributing to true happiness, well-being, or prosperity is a blessing.

    All blessings are based on eternal laws (D&C 130:20–21). Because God wants his children to find joy in life (2 Ne. 2:25), he grants blessings to them as a result of their obedience to his commandments (D&C 82:10), in answer to a prayer or priesthood ordinance (D&C 19:38; 107:65–67), or through his grace (2 Ne. 25:23).

    A well-known list of statements about blessedness is the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:1–12; 3 Ne. 12:1–12).

    General

    • I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee:Gen. 12:2–3; ( 1 Ne. 15:18; Abr. 2:9–11; )
    • Blessings are upon the head of the just:Prov. 10:6;
    • A faithful man shall abound with blessings:Prov. 28:20;
    • The Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing:Mal. 3:10; ( 3 Ne. 24:10; )
    • The Beatitudes promise blessings:Matt. 5:1–12; ( 3 Ne. 12:1–12; )
    • Blessed are they who are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb:Rev. 19:9;
    • He that is righteous is favored of God:1 Ne. 17:35; ( Mosiah 10:13; )
    • If ye will hearken, I leave unto you a blessing:2 Ne. 1:28;
    • I leave unto you the same blessing:2 Ne. 4:9;
    • He immediately blesses you:Mosiah 2:24;
    • The Lord blesses and prospers those who put their trust in him:Hel. 12:1;
    • Assist to bring forth my work, and you shall be blessed:D&C 6:9;
    • Pray always, and great shall be your blessing:D&C 19:38;
    • Be baptized, and you shall receive my Spirit and a blessing so great as you have never known:D&C 39:10;
    • After much tribulation come the blessings:D&C 58:4;
    • Men obey not; I revoke and they receive not the blessing:D&C 58:32;
    • Ye have not understood how great blessings the Father has prepared for you:D&C 78:17;
    • From the high priesthood comes the administering of ordinances and blessings upon the church:D&C 107:65–67;
    • There is a law upon which all blessings are predicated:D&C 130:20;
    • All who will have a blessing at my hands shall abide the law:D&C 132:5;
    • Blessings are held in reserve for them that love the Lord:D&C 138:52;
    • Abraham sought for the blessings of the fathers and the right to administer the same:Abr. 1:2;

    Blessing of children

    • He took them up in his arms and blessed them:Mark 10:16;
    • He took their little children, one by one, and blessed them:3 Ne. 17:21;
    • Elders are to bless children in the name of Jesus Christ:D&C 20:70;