Some interesting comments. About two years ago, I obtained all the patriarchal
blessings of my deceased ancestors. You can request these from the church, four
at a time, you do need to have a membership number and to prove that they were
in your line. There is a patriarchal blessing department. This has been a
treasure to have these. Also, if you have lost your blessing or desire another
copy, you can request that also.
I am a descendent of Hyrum Smith, Eldred's brother and have loved spending
time with Uncle Eldred over the years. I, too, received an incredible
patriarchal blessing from this sweet, spiritual giant. Although I don't
consider myself an expert, I would share, according to my understanding. As the
dispensation of the fullness of times, it was required that all things that have
existed in the Church of Jesus Christ be restored. In biblical times, the
patriarchal prophets like Abraham and Noah held the keys to their dispensation
because of lineage. In later times, prophets were called and held similar keys.
It was necessary both types of offices be restored, but they don't need to
both exist if they hold the same keys. Thus, as the church grew and it became
impractical for one patriarch to provide that service to the whole church, the
patriarchs fell under the supervision of area authorities when that office was
originated and the office of general patriarch became emeritus. Still, as
mentioned in the article, Uncle Eldred continued to give blessings, serve from
his office each day, and contribute as a general authority. We love you Uncle
Submitted a few minutes ago.William Kettley
Eldred Gee Smith gave me a wonderful patriarchal blessing Oct. 3, 1958 when my
dad was set apart as President of the Tongan Mission by President David O. McKay
and mom by President J. Reuben Clark.
As a returning member of the church this past year, I'll have to admit I
had no idea who he was with the church. I do remember seeing a photo of him with
President Monson at his last birthday. Enjoyed reading his legacy.
I don't know if I can compare another similar example. People always
wanted Kings. Melchezedek who may have been Noah's son Shem according to
legend but we don't know was a righteous king. Israel wanted a King as did
the Jaredites thought they were warned not good idea. Nephi did not want to be
King either. However there were some righteous kings in the Book of Mormon.
Then there was Noah. Mosiah 1 Benjamin and Mosiah II were good kings. But
Mosiah relinquished the throne as the Princes were on missions to the lamanites
and didn't want kings. Nephites didn't either after Mosiah's
speech. So I wonder if a similar relinquishing of Patriarch to the church could
of taken place when Mosiah got rid of the Kingship. Some people were in
Noah's snare and said good idea. Different offices but wonder if
Troutman do you believe in continuing revelation? I read the CD version of
Lengthen your stride and that is what President Kimball said. I also read lost
legacy. Gary Smith who is next in line to be patriarch wrote it. I think he
is relieved that President Kimball retired the office do to demographics of our
time. Saints in a district can go to neighboring Stake Patriarch as well as
people were there is no Stake Patriarch. A stake without a Patriarch probably
only happens when one dies suddenly and possibly moves out. As Patriarchs are
usually given nonfunctioning status and another one called if it is likely there
health does not permit them to serve or move out of the stake. IN those cases
health permitting they can still bless there descendants. Just as a Bishop
who is your neighbor can solve your problems easier than the Prophet a Stake
Patriarchs Blessings are just as valid as the one to the church. Another question on the issue will the funeral be on lds.org or BYUTV? Maybe
youtube. Nice if that is the case. Larkin usually publishes program too.
Which is nice.
Sometime in the past decade or so, Patriarch Smith did a fireside in the
Clearfield South Stake. I was very impressed with the man, his demeanor, and
information he gave both about the relics he brought, as well as other things
regarding Joseph and Hyrum Smith. He is a Christ-like example, IMO, to us all.
The office of patriarch was put in emeritus status because there were patriarchs
called in all the stakes and the Patriarch of the whole Church was no longer
needed. I guess it's entirely possible that another one could be called
again at some point, but stake patriarchs perform that calling now.
Why was the Office of Church Patriarch done away with? There is no scripture
evidence to do away with it?