Fast Sunday and another baby in the ward was blessed today. As I listened to the blessing which included “strong and healthy” and “going on a mission” and “temple marriage” it got me thinking… how does that work?
If the natural consequences of earth life would have brought about a weak child prone to disease does this blessing change that. Or is the child still going to be weak and sickly, but just not as weak and sickly and he would have been?
Or going on a mission…obviously all the babies that get this included in their blessings don’t go on missions. Does this blessing help him make better choices than he would have it he hadn’t had the blessing. And when he gets the “mission” blessing again at baptism is that like a booster shot for good choices? And then again as a Deacon, Teacher and Priest, more booster shots. With all these blessings and booster shots it’s surprising that everyone doesn’t go. Ditto with Temple marriage.
Wouldn’t it be easier/better to ask God to bless us/them with whatever He knows we/they need? I guess that brings up another question, will God withhold blessing He knows we need if we don’t ask for them? Do we have to ask to get blessed?