The same Lord who provided a Liahona to Lehi provides for you and for me today a rare and valuable gift to give direction to our lives, to mark the hazards to our safety, and to chart the way, even safe passage—not to a promised land, but to our heavenly home. The gift to which I refer is known as your patriarchal blessing. Every worthy member of the Church is entitled to receive such a precious and priceless personal treasure.

A patriarchal blessing is a revelation to the recipient, even a white line down the middle of the road, to protect, inspire, and motivate activity and righteousness. A patriarchal blessing literally contains chapters from your book of eternal possibilities. I say eternal, for just as life is eternal, so is a patriarchal blessing. What may not come to fulfillment in this life may occur in the next. We do not govern God’s timetable.

President Thomas S. Monson, Your Patriarchal Blessing: A Liahona of Light, 1986

If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you may have a patriarchal blessing. If you do no, I strongly urge you to do so. Read it prayerfully and often. The messages and inspiration that you can receive from your personal patriarchal blessing may not necessarily be written in the actual blessing. Like the scriptures, there are hidden meanings that will be revealed to you during your life right when they are needed. You need to read it often – at least once a week, in my opinion – so that the Lord can communicate the things that He desires that you know. This is one of those blessings that requires very little on our part with very great benefits.

Your blessing will provide you with the comfort and faith that you need to continue through the hard parts in your life, no matter how dark they are.