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JACK - When anointing with oil does it matter whether the oil is poured directly on the head of the person recieving the blessing, or, is it okay for the person performing the ordinance to put some oil on his finger and then touch the person's head?

JOEL - Traditionally, a small quantity of oil is poured on the head (I sometimes use use an eye-dropper-type bottle), but the "official" instructions found in the Church General Handbook (II) merely states that the one anointing:

"Puts" a small amount of consecrated oil on the person's head."

So it probably doesn't matter how it is done just so long as the oil is applied as near to the crown of the recipient's head as possible. I have seen nothing that states the importance of exactly how the oil is placed on the head.

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