Baby Bryson Is Blessed

Derek and Bryson in the church foyer after the blessing

Derek and Bryson in the church foyer after the blessing

Today we headed over to the Kaysville 12th Ward for Bryson’s blessing. Bryson’s relatives were there in large numbers on this happy day. For those unfamiliar with the naming and blessing of children I will explain. Under the direction of the presiding authority (usually the bishop of the ward), brethren who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood may participate in the ordinance of naming and blessing children (see Doctrine & Covenants 20:70). When blessing a baby, brethren gather in a circle and place their hands under the baby. Normally the father follows these steps:

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

Bryson was very alert during the blessing but didn’t cry. There were thirteen brethren in the circle and Derek spoke with a clear voice. The part of the blessing that I remember the clearest is where Bryson was blessed to have a thirst for secular and spiritual knowledge.

The blessing took place today rather than on the usual Fast Sunday because Derek was expected to be out of town next week. After Sacrament Meeting we congregated at Derek and Sarah’s home for a breakfast. Then out came all the cameras and we had a blast taking hundreds of photographs.

Go here for a hi-res (4.1 Mb) photograph of Bryson.

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  1. Sarah Neuerscheinung says

    Aw.. he looks too peaceful! Every blessing I have been to, the baby has screamed their head off!! I think it´s tradition.. I mean, I don´t really like having water poured on my head either! Best wishes to Bryson and the family.


  2. Sarah, Thank you for your comment and best wishes. We don’t sprinkle with water during the blessing. The baby is given a name which is recorded by the Church and Bryson is referred to as a “child of record”. He also receives a blessing inspired by the Holy Ghost. When Bryson is eight years old he will be baptized by full immersion. I am a convert and was baptized as an adult. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. The LDS GrandParent Place says

    What a wonderful day, and such a blessing to be a new grandparent. Congratulations!


  4. Hi it’s Ashley nice pictures of Bryson they’re so cute hope you had fun at the party after the blessing!

  5. We took a lot of photographs and had plenty to eat as well as good company. Too bad you weren’t there.

  6. Nice post with cute photograph of Bryson God blessing him.

  7. Congratulations! Bryson God bless you.

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