How many Mormons does it take to bless a baby? by Chino Blanco · Published August 9, 2010 · Updated August 13, 2010 Twenty Twenty-five Thirty Forty comments later … Who knows? Good grief.
‘Cause you know, the more people who stand in the circle, the more effective the baby’s blessing is. Unless there are any unworthies. Then it would void the blessing and the kid won’t grow in righteousness and serve the Lord and be sealed to an eternal companion.
And why do they always bounce the baby? I think the bouncing is what makes the kid wail half the time.
Hmm, someone must have been unrighteous in my baby blessing circle. That explains my apostasy (and removes any responsibility for it from me). I’ll tell that to my mom next time she asks. 😉
profxm: I was given “a name and a blessing” by my grandfather, who was a stake high councilman and a fiercely partisan New Deal Democrat. I’m pretty sure that’s why I am now a queer exmo. 😉
That’s nearly as convoluted as trying to figure out how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, and just about as unproductive.
This just shows how overzealous religious belief can lead to what the Catholics call being overscrupulous, being so worried that you aren’t doing some ritual correctly that the individual becomes dysfunctional.
Then again, I’ve been in sacrament meetings before when one of the sacrament blessings has had to be repeated numerous times, because it wasn’t “just right”. That is classic obsessive-compulsive behavior, and not healthy.
Sounds like a patriarchal jerk who won’t take a woman’s word for it because she has a vagina. Vaginas make you stupid. And a liar.
if you want a real answer here it is.
the number of ppl in the circle is not important, generally the family chooses from the extended family and/or friends, so both grandfathers, uncles, possibly brothers or cousins, even the bishop or past bishops.
the bouncing is an attempt to keep the baby from crying, its not part of the ordinance.
sorry to give such a serious answer to what i think was supposed to be a joke? what an odd thing to make fun of?
@6 A serious answer is quite welcome here, in case people are arriving here on google searches.