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Blessing from Oliver Cowdery, 22 September 1835

Blessed of the Lord is my brother, for the integrity of his heart and the steadfastness of his soul. Upheld by the arm of the Almighty he shall never fall, but shall be strengthened by his right hand till he overcomes. Like Jacob of old he shall wrestle with the angel, and as a prince shall he have power with God, and shall prevail. Ever faithful to his friends and true to his word, the goodness of the Most High shall sustain him, and thousands shall stand up to defend him from the hand of his enemies, and put forth the hand and ward off the blow were it needful: but ere his foes are aware he shall be hid under the pavillion of the Lord Jehovah; for, with the voice of his thunder shall he strike terror to their hearts, and as with the wings of an eagle shall my brother be carried beyond all harm, by the power of the Annointed. From amid the burning bush, like Moses of old, shall he hear the voice, saying, I am the God of thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I have seen, I have seen, the affliction of my people and am come down to deliver them: go, thou, and say to the strength of my house, To your tents, O Israel: build up the wastes and raise up the foundation of desolation that this generation has made. Thus shall he be honored of the Lord, and thus shall it be recorded of him, that the generations to come may bless his name, in Israel, saying, The Lord make thee as Joseph the Seer, who was of the house of Ephraim, the brother of Manasseh: the Lord do thee good and bring peace and blessings opun upon thy house as he brought them upon the house of Joseph the Seer, who was raised up of a choice vine from the stem of Jacob through the root of Joseph, even that Joseph who was separated from his brethren— For, like Joseph of old shall he be: he shall save the just from desolation, by the wise counsel of the Almighty; for by his direction shall they gather into store-houses and barns, till they overflow with the richness of the fruit of harvest: and by this means shall the just be saved from famine, while the nations of the wicked are distressed and faint. In due time shall he go forth toward the north, and by the power of his word shall the deep begin to give way and the ice melt before the sun. By the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the Kingdom shall he lead Israel into the land of Zion while the house of Jacob shouts in the danse and in the song— Joy, O my soul, in that day, for thou shalt be with him and bear thy part in the keys which are confirmed upon thee for an everlasting priesthood

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

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, forever and ever— Joy, O my heart, in that day, with thanks giving and with praise, for thou shalt stand with him before the hosts of Israel— the lame shall leap as a hart, the old shall renew his strength, and the virgin of Israel, with the youth, shall exalt the name of our God upon harps and instruments of tense strings. He shall be a shure arrow in the bow of his God, for he shall be hid under the shadow of his wing. His loins shall be like iron, girded by the hand of the Lord, and his feet shall be swift to execute the commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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of the Most High when he shall say, Destroy. His name shall be had in everlasting remembrance, and his seed after him, for they shall be saved to the uttermost. His fame shall be sounded in foreign lands, even to the ends [p. [15]]
Blessed of the Lord is my brother, for the integrity of his heart and the steadfastness of his soul. Upheld by the  arm of the Almighty he shall never fall, but shall be strengthened by his right hand till he overcomes. Like Jacob of old he shall wrestle with the  angel, and as a prince shall he have power with God, and shall prevail. Ever faithful to <his> friends and true to his word, the goodness  of the Most High shall sustain him, and thousands shall stand up to defend him from the hand of his enemies, and put forth  the hand and ward off the blow were it needful: but ere his foes are aware he shall be hid under the pavillion of the  Lord Jehovah; for, with the voice of his thunder shall he strike terror to their hearts, and as with the wings of an eagle  shall my brother be carried beyond all harm, by the power of the Annointed. From amid the burning bush, like Mo ses of old, shall he hear the voice, saying, I am the God of thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, I have seen, I have seen, the  affliction of my people and am come down to deliver them: go, thou, and say to the strength of my house, To your tents,  O Israel: build up the wastes and raise up the foundation of desolation that this generation has made. Thus shall he be hon ored of the Lord, and thus shall it be recorded of him, that the generations to come may bless his name, in Israel, saying, The  Lord make thee as Joseph the Seer, who was of the house of Ephraim, the brother of Manasseh: the Lord do thee good and  bring peace and blessings opun [upon] thy house as he brought them upon the house of Joseph the Seer, who was raised up of a choice  vine from the stem of Jacob through the root of Joseph, even that Joseph who was separated from his brethren— For, like Jo seph of old shall he be: he shall save the just from desolation, by the wise counsel of the Almighty; for by his direction  shall they gather into store-houses and barns, till they overflow with the richness of the fruit of harvest: and by this  means shall the just be saved from famine, while the nations of the wicked are distressed and faint. In due time  shall he go forth toward the north, and by the power of his word shall the deep begin to give way and the ice melt be fore the sun. By the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to humankind. In the earliest records, the term keys primarily referred to JS’s authority to unlock the “mysteries of the kingdom.” Early revelations declared that both JS and Oliver Cowdery held the keys to bring forth...

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of the Kingdom shall he lead Israel into the land of Zion while the house of Jacob  shouts in the danse and in the song— Joy, O my soul, in that day, for thou shalt be with him and bear  thy part in the keys which are confirmed <upon> thee for an everlasting priesthood

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

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, forever and ever— Joy, O  my heart, in that day, with thanks giving and with praise, for thou shalt stand with him before the  hosts of Israel— the lame shall leap as a hart, the old shall renew his strength, and the virgin of Israel,  with the youth, shall exalt the name of our God upon harps and instruments of tens[e] strings. He shall be  a shure arrow in the bow of his God, for he shall be hid under the shadow of his wing. His loins shall be like iron,  girded by the hand of the Lord, and his feet shall be swift to execute the commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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of the Most  High when he shall say, Destroy. His name shall be had in everlasting remembrance, and his name <seed> after him,  for they shall be saved to the uttermost. His fame shall be sounded in foreign lands, even to the ends [p. [15]]
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, OH, 22 Sept. 1835; in Patriarchal Blessing Book 1, pp. 15–16; handwriting of 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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