Naming and blessing a child: how old is too old?

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Naming and blessing a child: how old is too old?

Postby williamjackson » Sat Aug 11, 2012 5:56 am

My bishop asked me to search for guidelines on whether there is an age limit for naming and blessing a child, and if so, what that limit might be. We both searched the Handbooks and other publications like the Family Guidebook, and there is reference to blessing older children by laying hands on their head, but no indication of an upper age limit.

I'm going to suggest he take this question to the stake president, but I'm curious if anyone here has received any instruction concerning an age limit for naming and blessing children. How old is too old? 8? 9?

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Postby rontilby » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:15 am

I would say that children age 8 or older should not receive a "name and a blessing" in Sacrament meeting as we do with infants because they should be Confirmed in Sacrament meeting after their Baptism. The priesthood holder performing the Confirmation may certainly pronounce a blessing during the Confirmation as the spirit directs.

In my opinion priesthood leaders should understand and teach that the "name and a blessing" ordinance is not a saving ordinance, and is not required for salvation or in order for a "child of record" membership to be created.

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Postby greggo » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:40 am

Part of the name/blessing is to create a membership record for the child. MLS will not allow a record to be created after the child's 8th birthday (they would need to be baptized). It's up to the parents and the bishop if the child is given a name and a blessing before they turn 8.

A record may also be created without a blessing with the permission of the parents. Written permission is required from any non-member parent.

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