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Blessing for Alvin Winegar, 7 February 1836

A blessing— Pronounced by the first Presidency

The presiding body of the church. From the day of the church’s organization on 6 April 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery led the church in their capacity as elders. An 11 November 1831 revelation directed that “the duty of the president of the office of the high...

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upon the head of Alvin Winegar– Feby 7th 1836.
We lay our hands upon thy head in the name of Jesus and ask our Heavenly Father to bestow many blessings upon thee, both in this life— and in that which is to come— we seal many blessings in time upon thee, and in Eternity an exceeding rich reward. Thou wast willing to lay down thy life for thy brethren and the Lord shall choose thee for his own— Even as a vessel in the House of God— The Lord shall seal blesings for thee in Heaven— and look upon them and none shall fail— thy mind shall be strengthened— faith encreased— receive much wisdom— power and understanding— must offer all that thou hast a sacrifice to thy God, even all thy mind and strengt— and give thy self up to him without reserve. body and spirit— go at his command and he will loose thy tongue and make thee a swift Messenger— an instrument of much good on the Earth— see great disolations come upon the wicked and glory to the righteous— and his power manifested in blessings and in cureings— Shall be lifted up and shout hosannah among the heavently hosts— see the Heavens opened. The charriots of Israel and the Horsemen thereof— and great shall be thy rejoicings — Shall receive the holy Priesthood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands to adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of the...

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in due time, which shall never be taken from thee in time or in Eternity— Stand upon the Earth till the son of man comes— see the end of this generation— do much good in proclaiming the gospel carried to Nations afar off— preach in all languages and tongues— power to resist the power of floods and flames— overcome the destroyer— and the pestilence shall not harm thee— power to heal the sick

JS’s revelations instructed elders to lay their hands on those who were ill and offer a blessing of healing. Beginning in the mid-1830s, blessings usually included a preliminary anointing with oil. As in the New Testament, having faith was a necessary component...

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— open the blind eyes— unstop the deaf ears— Cause the Tongue of the dumb to sing for joy— many shall seek to touch thy garments— and others shall send handkerchiefs, and Aprons to thee and be healed by this means. Thou shalt have all the power that thou needest to fill thy Ministry Angels shall minister unto thee— and thy saviour shall stand before thee, and thou shalt be able to Certify to the Nations of things which thou hast seen, and doest most assuredly know. The Heavenly Hosts shall be round about thee, to deliver thee out of all thy afflictions— and thy soul shall Shout Hosannah to God and the Lamb and nothing shall prevail against thee to harm thee— These blessings dear brother if thou art faithfull Shall rest upon thy head and be all fulfilled— for we seal them upon thee in the name of Jesus by the authority of the Holy Priesthood even so Amen.—— Kertland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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Ohio— — — — Sylvester Smith

25 Mar. 1806–22 Feb. 1880. Farmer, carpenter, lawyer, realtor. Born at Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Chileab Smith and Nancy Marshall. Moved to Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio, ca. 1815. Married Elizabeth Frank, 27 Dec. 1827, likely in Chautauque...

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A blessing— Pronounced by the first Presidency

The presiding body of the church. From the day of the church’s organization on 6 April 1830, JS and Oliver Cowdery led the church in their capacity as elders. An 11 November 1831 revelation directed that “the duty of the president of the office of the high...

View Glossary
upon the head of Alvin Winegar– Feby 7th 1836.
We lay our hands upon thy head in the name of Jesus and ask our Heavenly Father to bestow many  blessings upon thee, both in this life— and in that which is to come— we seal many blessings in time upon  thee, and in Eternity an exceeding rich reward. Thou wast willing to lay down thy life for thy breth ren and the Lord shall cho[o]se thee for his own— Even as a vessel in the House of God— The Lord shall  seal blesings for thee in Heaven— and look upon them and none shall fail— thy mind shall be strength ened— faith encreased— receive much wisdom— power and understanding— must offer all that thou  hast a sacrifice to thy God, even all thy mind and strengt— and give thy self up to him without reserve.  body and spirit— go at his command and he will loose thy tongue and make thee a swift Messen ger— an instrument of much good on the Earth— see great disolations come upon the wicked and  glory to the righteous— and his power manifested in blessings and in cureings— Shall be lifted up  and shout hosannah among the heavently hosts— see the Heavens opened. The charriots of Israel  and the Horsemen thereof— and great shall be thy rejoicings — Shall receive the holy Priesthood

Power or authority of God. The priesthood was conferred through the laying on of hands to adult male members of the church in good standing; no specialized training was required. Priesthood officers held responsibility for administering the sacrament of the...

View Glossary
in  due time, which shall never be taken from thee in time or in Eternity— Stand upon the Earth till the son  of man comes— see the end of this generation— do much good in proclaiming the gospel carried to  Nations afar off— preach in all languages and tongues— power to resist the power of floods and  flames— overcome the destroyer— and the pestilence shall not harm thee— power to heal the sick

JS’s revelations instructed elders to lay their hands on those who were ill and offer a blessing of healing. Beginning in the mid-1830s, blessings usually included a preliminary anointing with oil. As in the New Testament, having faith was a necessary component...

View Glossary
 open the blind eyes— unstop the deaf ears— Cause the dumb Tongue of the dumb to sing for joy—  many shall seek to touch thy garments— and others shall send handkerchiefs, and Aprons to  thee and be healed by this means. Thou shalt have all the power that thou needest to fill thy  Ministry Angels shall minister unto thee— and thy saviour shall stand before thee, and thou shalt  be able to Certify to the Nations of things which thou hast seen, and doest most assuredly know.  The Heavenly Hosts shall be round about thee, to deliver thee out of all thy afflictions— and thy  soul shall Shout Hosannah to God and the Lamb and nothing shall prevail against thee to harm  thee— These blessings dear brother if thou art faithfull Shall rest upon thy head and be <all> ful filled— for we seal them upon the[e] in the name of Jesus by the authority of the Holy Priesthood  even so Amen.—— Kertland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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Ohio— — — — Sylvester Smith

25 Mar. 1806–22 Feb. 1880. Farmer, carpenter, lawyer, realtor. Born at Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Chileab Smith and Nancy Marshall. Moved to Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio, ca. 1815. Married Elizabeth Frank, 27 Dec. 1827, likely in Chautauque...

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Blessing, JS, Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, and Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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to Alvin Winegar, Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, OH, 7 Feb. 1836; handwriting probably that of John Alvin Winegar; private possession. Photocopy at CHL.

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