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“Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name” (D&C 20:70). In conformity with this revelation, only worthy men who hold the Melchizedek Priesthood may participate in naming and blessing children. The ordinance of naming and blessing children requires authorization from the presiding authority (Family-Guidebook from lds.org).
Those holding the Melchizedek priesthood gather around and hold the baby as described on the previous page. If the one being blessed is old enough to sit in a chair then the brethren gather around and place their hands lightly on the child’s head. Remember, we are not trying to press the child into a diamond. Lightly brethren, lightly. Their little necks can only bear so much pressure.
Below is a 3 x 5 card you can print on heavy paper or card stock and cut out to take with you as a reference. The steps listed on the card are word for word from the Church’s website.