Question: Can prophecy fulfillment or promises made in a patriarchal blessing extend into the Millennium?

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Question: Can prophecy fulfillment or promises made in a patriarchal blessing extend into the Millennium?

The realization of the promises made may come in this life or the future life

John A. Widtsoe taught regarding prophetic blessings specifically:

It should always be kept in mind that the realization of the promises made may come in this life or the future life. Men have stumbled at times because promised blessings have not occurred in this life. They have failed to remember that, in the gospel, life with all its activities continues forever and that the labors of earth may be continued in heaven. Besides, the giver of the blessings, the Lord, reserves the right to have them become active in our lives as suits his divine purposes. We and our blessings are in the hands of the Lord, but there is a general testimony that when the gospel law has been obeyed, the promised blessings have been realized. [1]

President Boyd K. Packer:

Sometimes someone will worry because a promise made in a patriarchal blessing is not yet fulfilled. … That does not mean that the blessing will go unfulfilled. It is well to know that things happen in the Lord’s due time, not always in ours. Things of an eternal nature have no boundaries. From the premortal existence to our existence beyond the veils of death, our life is an eternal life. [2]

President Thomas S. Monson:

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. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. [3]

Notes

  1. John A. Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations: Aids to Faith in a Modern Day, arranged by G. Homer Durham (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1960), 75. GL direct link
  2. Boyd K. Packer, "The Stake Patriarch," Ensign (November 2002), 45.
  3. Thomas S. Monson, "Your Patriarchal Blessing: A Liahona of Light," Ensign (November 1986).