I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This post might not make much sense if you aren’t a member of my church.
I feel like I have always been interested in self improvement, but the past 4 years or so, I have really been passionate about personal growth and development. Throughout these past few years, something that I have learned more about are affirmations and the power of words. When I first started my morning routine 2 years ago, I was thinking about how I could make the Affirmations portion of my routine personal and meaningful.
The idea came to me to take my Patriarchal Blessing and put the statements into affirmation format. i.e. “You are a daughter of God”, I would change to “I am a daughter of God.” “You have been blessed with choice qualities” I would change to “I have been blessed with choice qualities.”
I then recorded myself (using a recorder app on my phone) saying these affirmations from my Patriarchal Blessing. I try to listen to this recording during my morning routine (not always every morning, but as often as I want to).
Listening to this, especially in my own voice, is really special.
It helps me to see myself the way that God sees me. It helps me to see who I REALLY am deep inside (even if I don’t always act in accordance with those qualities).
It also gives me so much excitement to see who I am going to be someday (as long as I do my part to strengthen those qualities within me).
It is also a reminder of the things that I should be working on in my own personal life. Reading my Patriarchal Blessing (and/or listening to these Patriarchal Blessing affirmations) often helps me to look at my life and take an inventory. If I continue to live how I am living, will I reach the promised blessings that are in my Patriarchal Blessing? (see this talk)
A tidbit from my journal (from a few weeks ago)…
Back in April 2015, I wrote down the statements from my patriarchal blessing in an affirmation format. And then I recorded myself reading those affirmations. I hadn’t listened to this recording for quite a while, but I decided to listen to it this morning. I had a great experience as I listened to my own voice, telling me about who I really am. It was neat to get that glimpse of who I am at my divine core, and how I will be in my thoughts/words/actions someday, as I do what Heavenly Father wants me to do, and learn the things that He wants me to learn along the way.