A Name and a blessing

OK, this post is to solicit votes on a permanent blog name. Suggestions thus far include:
The Rameumptom (or some related variations)
Zeezrom, Esq. (though that limits our followers to lawyers)
Cureloms & Cumoms (who knows what those are)
Navajo Taco
Wagonloads of Plates
By the Regular Sign

any other culturally pregnant and semi-irreverent suggestions? Winner receives a gift certificate to Chuck-A-Rama*.

I guess if I had to throw in a Church topic, it’s also to discuss the most uneasy and uncomfortable blessing in the Church, that of baby blessings. How are you supposed to do it, anyways — are you talking to God or to the baby? How are you supposed to segue from the naming to the blessing part? It’s such an awkward scene, too, because I think it’s the only blessing in the Church that’s public, except for confirmations. Does anyone know where the tradition came from for blessing infants? Is it something from the early days of the church, or more recent?


*winner may not actually receive anything.

Comments

  1. “Now, unless that blessing is in the form of a prayer, it’s got to be addressed to the child, not to God.”

    I guess that’s the issue then. Personally, when I perform it, I do so as a prayer. But then I am a little unorthodox when it comes to performing ordinances—I don’t perform an ordinance a particular way just because of tradition. I’ve received a couple of odd looks occasionally, too.

    I’m in Lethbridge. :-)

  2. Dave just suggested that we keep “By Common Consent”. I have to admit, it’s not a bad title, and is relatively friendly (unlike “The Kori-Whores”). Should we just maintain the status quo?

  3. Hit send button too soon, and this is Marcus, not Michelle. D&C 20:70 instructs to bring children before the church to be blessed. Thus the public nature is similar to baptism and confirmation, and even partaking of the sacrament, as it is part of our public worship and membership.

    Myself, I don’t find any of those public ordinances all that awkward. They have a tendancy to become a bit rote because we use familiar phrases and wordings. And perhaps a bit presumptuous to lay out a life’s plan at two months old which includes “when the time comes accompanying a worthy young man to the temple.” But they don’t have to be rote or awkward.

  4. How about “Ask LaRoy”?

    Guidelines for blessing a baby specifically state to address Heavenly Father at the start of the blessing. There is no indication anywhere that the person giving the blessing should switch whom they address.

  5. I believe the practice of naming and blessing infants derives from D&C 20:70.

  6. I have it written, but not typed or filed. Apparently, I should read further into the 7 habits.

    For Grace the blessing was more concept and attribute driven. I thought it out before hand, what would I want for my daughter? Kindness, discernment, intellectual acuity all made it in. And, though I kind of disparaged it a few posts ago, we have little Grace going to the temple at the appropriate time. All in all, a good life’s plan.

    Now, I’m practicing the answers to life’s questions, so that when she asks, I’ll have my story straight.

  7. I may tinker with it a little to see how different titles look.

  8. I nominate as name a quote from Justice Holmes.

    We should be known as “Three generations of imbeciles.”

    From Buck v. Bell, “Three generations of imbeciles are enough.”

  9. Aaron Brown says:

    Kaimi,

    Here’s my two cents on your permanent blog name:

    “By Common Consent” is boring.

    Of your suggestions, the catchier/cleverer ones, in my opinion, are…

    Cureloms & Cumoms
    Zeezrom, Esq. (although yes, it would appear to limit the scope of discussion to law)
    Latter Dazed Saints
    Fifth Nephi

    The others don’t grab me.

    Of course, the Holmes quote would be an excellent blog name, but it isn’t a Mormon reference.

    For what it’s worth…

    Aaron B

    Zeezrom, Esq

  10. Kim,

    I’ve seen those guidelines. I would only point out that they’re not widely published in the church anymore. But the guidelines do say that after the naming, the speaker should pronounce words of blessing as inspired. Now, unless that blessing is in the form of a prayer, it’s got to be addressed to the child, not to God. At least, that’s the way blessings are normally performed.

  11. Kim: where are you from in Alberta? I’m from Calgary, myself, and still have a sister that lives there, though now I’m living in NYC.

  12. Lynne, I was completely freaked out when this woman talked about typing up blessings, though in retrospect I’m not sure why I was so worked up about it.

  13. Marcus, didn’t the blessing for your young’un include prophetic temple-related items too? Sorry but I don’t remember what you said.

    Perhaps you should’ve done as Stephen Covey does, apparently, and type those babies up for re-reading. Was it just me (for those in Manhattan 1st Ward) or was that a little creepy to learn?

  14. Mathew Parke says:

    New Wine (but the pun kind of kills it–otherwise I think this could actually work)
    New Bottles
    Matthew 25:47
    Pay On Gross
    Times & Seasons 2
    The Evening and Morning Star
    The South Temple Journal
    I Love Visiting Here, But I Would Never Want To Live Here
    Patmos Unbound
    Pangloss’ Garden

    Serious Entry: Corn of Wheat

  15. Other random ideas:

    Latter Dazed Saints
    Moonstone
    Lieutenant Junior Grade (sort of a play on the idea of “Ensign” but likely to be way too much of an in-joke, and not particularly funny at that).
    Fast Sunday
    The Adam-God Theory
    Unsuccessful Polygamists
    First Quorum of the Eighties
    Fifth Nephi
    The Fourteenth Article of Faith
    The Armies of Helium

  16. Mother of the Administrator says:

    Patriarchal blessings are typed. We constantly hear references to their relevance as people read and reread them. How wonderful it would be to be able to read of the inspiration given regarding your life and of the hopes of your father (assuming the obvious of course) at this early age. I can’t remember what your blessings were – I wish I could. You were so important to us.

  17. That’s funny about Stephen Covey. Somebody wrote our first baby’s blessing down in short hand and then typed it up and presented it to us as a present. My husband was ticked. He didn’t like that one bit.

  18. Well for the average father who isn’t as eloquent as a patriarch or a lawyer who posts here, the idea can be intimidating. You might find a lot of families deciding to bless their little angels at home, safe from the shorthand nazis.

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