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Blessing for Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith, circa 15–28 September 1835

Blessing for Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith, circa 15–28 September 1835

Blessed of the Lord is my father, for he shall stand in the midst of his posterity and shall be com forted by their blessings when he is old and bowed down with years, and shall be called a prince  over them, and shall be numbered among those who hold the right of patriarchal priesthood, even the  keys of that ministry: For he shall assemble together his posterity like unto Adam; and the assembly which  he called shall be an ensample for my father, for this it is written of him:
Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch and Methuselah, who  were high priests, with the residue of his posterity, who were righteous, into the valley of Adam=ondi-ahman, and there bestowed  upon them his last blessing. And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the  Prince, the Arch angel. And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and said unto him, I have set thee to be at  the head: a multitude of nations shall come of thee, and thou art a Prince over them forever.
So shall it be with my father: he shall be called a prince over his posterity, holding the keys of the patriarch al priesthood over the Kingdom of God on earth, even the Church of the Latter Day Saints; And he shall sit in the  general assembly of patriarchs, even in council with the Ancient of Days when he shall sit and all the pa triarchs with him— and shall enjoy his right and authority under the direction of the Ancient of Days.
And blessed, also, is my mother, for she is a mother in Israel, and shall be a partaker with my father in all  his patriarchal blessings.
And blessed, also, are my fathers <brothers> and my sisters, for they shall yet find redemption in the house of the Lord, and  their offsprings shall be a blessing, a joy and a comfort unto them.
Blessed is my mother, for her soul is ever filled <with> benevolence and philanthropy; and notwithstan ding her age, she shall yet receive strength and be comforted in the midst of her house: and thus saith the  Lord, She shall have eternal life.
And again, blessed is my father, for the hand of the Lord shall be over him, and he shall be full of the Holy  Ghost; for he shall predict whatsoever shall befal[l] his posterity unto the latest generation, and shall see the af fliction of his children pass away, and their enemies under their feet: and when his head is fully ripe he shall  behold himself as an olive tree whose branches are bowed down with much fruit. Behold the blessings of Jo seph by the hand of his progenitor, shall come upon him <the> head of my father and his seed after him, to the uttermost;  even he shall be a fruitful bough: he shall be as a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well whose  branches run over the wall, and his seed shall abide in strength, and the arms of their hands shall be  made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob, and the God of his fathers: even <the God> of Abraham, Isaac and  Jacob, shall help him and his seed after him: even the Almighty shall bless him with blessings of heaven above  and his seed after him, and the blessings of the deep that lieth under: and his seed shall rise up and call him  blessed. He shall be as the vine of the choice grape when her clusters are fully ripe: and he shall also  possess a mansion on high, even in the Celestial Kingdom. His counsel shall be sought for by  thousands, and he shall have place in the house of the Lord; for he shall be mighty in the council of the elders, and  his days shall yet be lengthened out: and when he shall go hence he shall go in peace, and his rest shall be glorious:  and his name shall be had in remembrance to the end. Amen.
Oliver Cowdery, Clerk and Recorder. [p. 9]
Blessing, JS to Joseph Smith Sr., Kirtland, OH, ca. Sept. 1835; handwriting of Oliver Cowdery; in Patriarchal Blessing Book 1, pp. 8–9; CHL.

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