I attended Patriarch Kemp's fireside chat, co-hosted by his gracious wife, Sister Kemp. Last time Patriarch Kemp gave a talk about their travels to Tbilisi, Georgia, over eleven years ago,and the help that nation and their people were given by the Church of Latter-Day Saints.
In fact, one of the brothers who attended mentioned that the Church has done a lot, especially in America, since the 1930s, assisting in getting America and the world out of the depression. Indeed, the Brigham Young University has a faculty devoted to infrastructure development, whose specialist knowledge and graduates have given freely of their talents to help development in various countries of the world, wherever God guides them to give aid.
Today's talk was about the Patriarchal Blessing. What is a patriarchal blessing? A patriarchal blessing is a guide, to what lies ahead. It is given by the Patriarch of the Stake, under inspiration, and it is sacred, not to be taken lightly nor discussed. A copy of the written Blessing is given to the person, and a copy sent to Salt Lake City. It remains confidential.
The first person to receive such a Blessing was Abraham, the Patriarch of all the tribes, whether descended by birth or through adoption (i.e. conversion). Each Blessing is unique, and the Covenant is renewed by each person receiving it. It is a sacred understanding with God, to keep faithful and worthy of the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is like a constant friend who guides correctly, to keep the wisdom, to keep the peace.
Abraham passed such a Blessing unto his son Isaac, and presumably also unto Ishmael, the Father of the Twelve Nations of North Africa, which actually are the twelve kingdoms of the Arab world and North Africa. There is shared lineage between the Israeli people and the people of the Twelve Kingdoms, as well as (through the Israeli tribe of Menasseh, Iran, where people of that surname dwell and whose people in India are known as the Parsi people). This, to my heart, brings a blessing unto the people of Israel and of the Middle East and North Africa, who, being brethern, can allow the flourishing of Peace and all the goodness that brings, through peaceful development and cultivation, and enjoying of fruits, both temporal and spiritual, to the greater glory of God, our Heavenly Father, who loves us all very dearly, and whose Spiritual Wealth we all of humanity are.
May Peace be unto all.
(Written by Duru-darshan
preist at the Church)