Naming and Blessing Children

“Naming and Blessing Children,” Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings (2018).

“Naming and Blessing Children,” Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings.

Naming and Blessing Children

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Performance of this ordinance requires authorization from a priesthood leader who holds the appropriate keys or who functions under the direction of a person who holds those keys.

General Guidelines

“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” (Doctrine and Covenants 20:70). In conformity with this revelation, only Melchizedek Priesthood holders may participate in naming and blessing children. Priesthood leaders should inform members of this instruction before their children are named and blessed. While preserving the sacred nature of the blessing, leaders should make every reasonable effort to avoid embarrassment or offense to individuals or families.

Children are normally named and blessed during fast and testimony meeting in the ward where the parents are members of record.

Instructions for Naming and Blessing a Child

When blessing a baby, Melchizedek Priesthood holders gather in a circle and place their hands under the baby. 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 performed by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood.

  3. Gives the child a name.

  4. Gives words of blessing as the Spirit directs.

  5. Closes in the name of Jesus Christ.