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Patriarch, Patriarchal

The scriptures speak of two kinds of patriarchs: (1) an ordained office in the Melchizedek Priesthood, sometimes called an evangelist; (2) fathers of families. Ordained patriarchs give special blessings to worthy members of the Church.

Ordained patriarchs

Fathers

  • Jacob blessed his sons and their descendants:Gen. 49:11–28;
  • Let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David:Acts 2:29;
  • Lehi counseled and blessed his posterity:2 Ne. 4:3–11;
  • I became a righteous heir, holding the right belonging to the fathers:Abr. 1:2–4;