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#1 NevadaGal1

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 10:46 PM

My husband and I just purchased a new home and would like to have a blessing on the home prior to moving in. I have searched lds.org and the other sites looking for how to do this. Our Bishop told us that this is not done that often anymore, but it still happens at times. Does anyone know the protocol? I'm not sure what ordinance this falls under - Special Blessing of Comfort perhaps?

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 10:48 PM

its in the OLD priesthood manual, the one with Moroni on the cover...your ward library prolly has a copy.its in the back
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 11:29 PM

There was an article on it in the last couple of years in the Ensign. It is a prayer to dedicate the home as a sanctuary for your family. A place for the Holy Ghost to visit often, etc. No specific ordinance.

LDS.org - Ensign Article - Making Home a Holy Place

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 08:03 AM

My husband and I just purchased a new home and would like to have a blessing on the home prior to moving in. I have searched lds.org and the other sites looking for how to do this. Our Bishop told us that this is not done that often anymore, but it still happens at times. Does anyone know the protocol? I'm not sure what ordinance this falls under - Special Blessing of Comfort perhaps?


Are you kidding???????? Please have another talk with you bishop and ask him why there are home teacher in you ward? Are they not instructed to "leave a blessing on the home" to anyone that will receive them?

You might also think about "dedicating" your home. The practice of dedication is done with every building the Church owns. Dedicating a home is done in much the same way a temple or ward meeting house is dedicated.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 08:09 AM

My husband and I just purchased a new home and would like to have a blessing on the home prior to moving in. I have searched lds.org and the other sites looking for how to do this. Our Bishop told us that this is not done that often anymore, but it still happens at times. Does anyone know the protocol? I'm not sure what ordinance this falls under - Special Blessing of Comfort perhaps?


LDS.org - Family Chapter Detail - Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 01:38 PM

9. Dedicating or blessing the home "Since the most important work we do is done at home, it seems appropriate for a father to invoke a blessing on the home. The First Presidency has advised that homes not be formally dedicated until they are free from debt. A rented home or apartment could have a blessing pronounced on it, though. Since our home is not yet paid for, we invoked, in the privacy of our family, the blessings of heaven on our home and on all that pertains to it." Thanks Ben - this info is most helpful. At least I have somewhere to start. Thanks to everyone else for their help as well. I had already looked at the "Priesthood Ordinances and Blessing" and as it mentions how to perform a blessing it isn't specific in Blessings on a new home. I will check our library at the Ward Building to see if they have the old manual to see what is there.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 02:01 PM

I moved around a lot as a kid, and I remember my dad doing a blessing on each of our new homes. I don't know the "official" word on the subject, though.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 02:59 PM

Just a side note: I would suspect danger in dedicating a home and then bringing into that home (through entertainment videos and music) that which is contrary to the Holy Spirit to which the home was dedicated.

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Posted 02 September 2009 - 04:12 PM

Whatever you do, don't let the Elders dance the Hokey-Pokey. After they put their left foot in and their left foot out and then shake it all about, it may bring a destructive curse upon your home. Especially if their boots were dusty to begin with. Hope this helps... ;)
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Posted 05 April 2010 - 06:12 PM

9. Dedicating or blessing the home

"The First Presidency has advised that homes not be formally dedicated until they are free from debt. A rented home or apartment could have a blessing pronounced on it, though. Since our home is not yet paid for, we invoked, in the privacy of our family, the blessings of heaven on our home and on all that pertains to it."


LDS.org - Ensign Article - Bless This House

As mentioned in the article that I am trying to link to (we'll see how it works) the counsel has changed; members are now told they may dedicate their homes whether or not they are fully debt-free on the house.

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 06:24 PM

Dedicating or blessing your home is done through a simple prayer addressed to Heavenly Father. There is no protocol. It is not a priesthood ordinance. Any person can pray and ask Heavenly Father to bless/dedicate the home. Regards, Finrock

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Posted 05 April 2010 - 07:32 PM

Dedicating or blessing your home is done through a simple prayer addressed to Heavenly Father. There is no protocol. It is not a priesthood ordinance. Any person can pray and ask Heavenly Father to bless/dedicate the home.

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Good point. Also, years from now when sprucing up the woodwork, use lindseed rather than olive oil - works better and saves a bundle.
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 07:11 PM

20.11 Dedicating Homes Church members may dedicate their homes as sacred edifices where the Holy Spirit can reside and where family members can worship, find safety from the world, grow spiritually, and prepare for eternal family relationships. Homes need not be free of debt to be dedicated. Unlike Church buildings, homes are not consecrated to the Lord. A Melchizedek Priesthood holder may dedicate a home by the power of the priesthood. If there is not a Melchizedek Priesthood holder in the home, a family might invite a close relative, a home teacher, or another Melchizedek Priesthood holder to dedicate the home. Or a family might gather and offer a prayer that includes the elements mentioned in the preceding paragraph and other words as the Spirit directs.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 10:26 AM

Another point, one need not be a priesthood holder to invite the spirit into their home. Anyone can ask, through prayer, for a blessing from Heavenly Father to rest upon their home. This means kids going off to college, single mothers, etc. can perform this as an ordinary personal prayer. I even prayed for a blessing on the truck I was driving as well as the trailer and contents I was hauling when I was an active truck driver. I always had good trips (with frustrating moments, to be sure) but I never felt in danger, nor did I even worry about it. I practiced good driving habits, and the Lord seemed to keep the accidents away from me. I went through several of them after the fact as it was.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 11:19 PM

See church handbook 2 for instructions, 20.11

20.11 Dedicating Homes
Church members may dedicate their homes as sacred edifices where the Holy Spirit can reside and where family members can worship, find safety from the world, grow spiritually, and prepare for eternal family relationships. Homes need not be free of debt to be dedicated. Unlike Church buildings, homes are not consecrated to the Lord.
A Melchizedek Priesthood holder may dedicate a home by the power of the priesthood. If there is not a Melchizedek Priesthood holder in the home, a family might invite a close relative, a home teacher, or another Melchizedek Priesthood holder to dedicate the home. Or a family might gather and offer a prayer that includes the elements mentioned in the preceding paragraph and other words as the Spirit directs. (Handbook 2: Administering the Church, 20. Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings)

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:50 AM

Deuteronomy 6:1-25 
When you dwell within, embracing righteousness: your house IS a blessed house. Do not invite the spirit of contention, but rebuke it, not by your own power, but ask it of our Father, His Son, and the Holy Ghost.

Matthew 5:6 
Love your neighbor, even if your enemy; pray for them, not simply for your own wants and desires. The Father already knows and seeks to provide; for you to pursue.

Building Your Eternal Home - general-conference
Contradictions within shake foundations, even so much as to eventually break them. When we cast aside, we find our houses of flesh, spirit, and beams as they should be: A house of prayer; a house of fasting; a house of faith; a house of learning; a house of glory--a house of God.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 09:10 AM

I'm just curious if anyone has any thoughts on the wording of the general handbook concerning dedicating of homes. It says that "A Melchizedek Priesthood holder may dedicate
a home by the power of the priesthood." In all other Priesthood blessings/dedications the handbook says that the person giving the blessing/dedication "States that he is acting by the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood."

I was curios why this distinction was made in the general handbook. In Preach My Gospel chapter one it talks a lot about how it is your calling that gives you authority but keeping covenants is what gives you power.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 09:18 AM

I believe that using the term "authority" is in regards to ordinances.

The blessing and dedication of a home is not a priesthood ordinance, but is a prayer where one speaks "by the power of the Melchizedek Priesthood which I hold".

https://www.lds.org/...s?lang=eng#2011

20.11 Dedicating Homes
Church members may dedicate their homes as sacred edifices where the Holy Spirit can reside and where family members can worship, find safety from the world, grow spiritually, and prepare for eternal family relationships. Homes need not be free of debt to be dedicated. Unlike Church buildings, homes are not consecrated to the Lord.

A Melchizedek Priesthood holder may dedicate a home by the power of the priesthood. If there is not a Melchizedek Priesthood holder in the home, a family might invite a close relative, a home teacher, or another Melchizedek Priesthood holder to dedicate the home. Or a family might gather and offer a prayer that includes the elements mentioned in the preceding paragraph and other words as the Spirit directs.


"But make no mistake about it, brothers and sisters; in the months and years ahead, events will require of each member that he or she decide whether or not he or she will follow the First Presidency. Members will find it more difficult to halt longer between two opinions (see 1 Kings 18:21). President Marion G. Romney said, many years ago, that he had "never hesitated to follow the counsel of the Authorities of the Church even though it crossed my social, professional, or political life" (CR, April 1941, p. 123). This is a hard doctrine, but it is a particularly vital doctrine in a society which is becoming more wicked. In short, brothers and sisters, not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes not being ashamed of the prophets of Jesus Christ." - Neal A. Maxwell, October 10th, 1978.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 11:52 AM

My husband and I just purchased a new home and would like to have a blessing on the home prior to moving in. I have searched lds.org and the other sites looking for how to do this. Our Bishop told us that this is not done that often anymore, but it still happens at times. Does anyone know the protocol? I'm not sure what ordinance this falls under - Special Blessing of Comfort perhaps?


Not done often any more? It was part of the quarterly challenge from our Stake President that everyone bless their home. It is not a priesthood ordinance however, anyone may do it.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:28 PM

That's actually a door approach that is being used in the SouthWest Florida mission and they are having some great success. They missionaries came by our home and blessed it and it was a wonderful experience.




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