Blessing from Joseph Smith Sr., 9 December 1834

His feet shall stand upon the neck of his enemies, and he shall walk upon the ashes of those who seek his  destruction: with wine and oil it shall he be sustained, and he shall feed upon the heritage of Jacob  his father: the just shall desire his society, and the upright in heart shall be his companions: No  weapon formed against him shall prosper, and though the wicked mar him for a little sea son, he shall be like one rising up in the heat of wine— he shall roar in his strength,  and the Lord shall put to flight his persecutors: his he shall be blessed like the fruitful olive,  and his memory shall be as sweet as the choice cluster of the first ripe grapes. Like  <a> shief [sheaf] fully ripe, gathered into the garner, so shall he stand before the Lord, having produced a  hundred fold. Thus spake my father Joseph. Therefore, my son, I know for a surety that these  things will be fulfilled, and I confirm upon thee all these blessings. Thou shalt live <to> do  the work which the Lord shall command thee: thou shalt hold the keys

Authority or knowledge of God given to mankind. 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 this minis try, even the presidency

Organized body of leaders over priesthood quorums and various groups of Latter-day Saints. A November 1831 revelation underscored the importance of a president over the high priesthood and the church as a whole. By 1832, JS and two counselors constituted ...

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of this church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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, both in time and in eternity. Thy heart shall  be enlarged, and thou shalt be able to fill up the measure of thy days according  to the will of the Lord. Thou shalt speak the word of the Lord and the earth shall trem ble; the mountains shall move and the rivers shall turn out of their course.  Thou shalt escape the edge of the sword, and put to flight the armies of the wicked.  At thy word the lame shall walk, the deaf shall hear and the blind shall see. Thou  shalt be gathered to Zion

A specific location in Missouri; also a literal or figurative gathering of believers in Christ, characterized by adherence to ideals of harmony, equality, and purity. In JS’s earliest revelations “the cause of Zion” was used to broadly describe the focus ...

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and in the goodly land thou shalt enjoy thine inheritance

Generally referred to land promised by or received from God for the church and its members. A January 1831 revelation promised church members a land of inheritance. In March and May 1831, JS dictated revelations commanding members “to purchase lands for an...

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;  thy children and thy children’s children to the latest generation; for thy name and the  names of thy posterity shall be recorded in the book of the Lord, even in the book  of blessings an <and> genealogies, for their joy and benefit forever. And now, my son,  what more shall I say? Thou art as a fruitful olive and a choice vine: thou shalt  be laden with precious fruit. Thousands and tens of thousands shall come to a knowl edge of the truth through thy ministry, and thou shalt rejoice with them in the Ce lestial Kingdom

Highest kingdom of glory in the afterlife; symbolically represented by the sun. According to a vision dated 16 February 1832, inheritors of the celestial kingdom “are they who received the testimony of Jesus, & believed on his name, & were baptized,” “receive...

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: Thou shalt stand upon the earth when it shall reel to and fro as a drun ken man, and be removed out of its place: thou shalt stand when the mighty judg ments go forth to the destruction of the wicked: thou shalt stand on mount Zion  when the tribes of Jacob come shouting from the north, and with thy brethren,  the sons of Ephraim, crown them in the name of Jesus Christ: Thou shalt see thy Redeemer Come  in the clouds of heaven, and with the just receive the hallowed throng with shouts of hal lalujahs, praise the Lord. Amen [p. 4]
Blessing, Joseph Smith Sr.

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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to JS, 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, 9 Dec. 1834; 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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; in Patriarchal Blessing Book 1, pp. 3–4; CHL.