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Blessing from Oliver Cowdery, 22 September 1835

of the earth, as well as nigh at home: for in this the times shall change— a prophet shall have honor in his own country. His learning and wisdom shall astonish the great, for they shall acknowledge that by his intelligence he has far surpassed their learning and their science. In palaces of governors, rulers and kings shall he be honored, even in his person, for God shall give him power to prevail. He shall be a lawgiver to Israel and shall teach the house of Jacob the statutes of the Most High. His testimony shall shine like the sun, and the weight of his influence shall be like the great river that rises on the east of the lasting hills, and flows into the great deep— so shall his righteousness ever abound. He shall partake of the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: the chief things of the ancient mountains, the precious things that couch beneath, and of the treasures hid in the sand. The records of past ages and generations, and the histories of ancient days shall he bring forth: even the record of the Nephites shall he again obtain, with all those hid up by Mormon, and others who were righteous, and many others, till he is overwhelmed with knowledge. No precious thing shall slumber from his possession, for he shall be covered with the most choice of all ages, till his soul shall be satisfied and his heart shall say, Enough, Enough! In his hands shall the Urim and Thummim

A term applied to a device used to translate and receive revelation. In the Old Testament, priests were to use such a device to discern God’s will for Israel. The Book of Mormon gives an account of an ancient prophet, Mosiah, who translated records into his...

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remain and the holy ministry, and the keys of the evangelical priesthood

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office with the authority to give inspired blessings, similar to the practice of Old Testament patriarchs. JS occasionally referred to patriarchs as “evangelical ministers” or “evangelists.” Joseph Smith Sr. was ordained as...

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, also, for an everlasting priesthood forever, even the patriarchal; for, behold, he is the first patriarch in the last days. He shall sit in the great assembly and general council of patriarchs, and execute the will and 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 God under the direction of the Ancient of Days; for he shall have his place and act in his station. Behold, my brother Joseph is blessed: blessed are all who bless him, and blessed are all those whom he blessess. Multitudes, multitudes, shall come to a knowledge of the truth through his ministry, and he shall be welcomed into the presence of kings and the great ones of the earth; for he shall claim his place among the nobles of the earth and shall be reverenced by them. He shall also be filled withe abundance of the fat of the earth: his flocks shall bring forth thousands and tens of thousands: his fats vats shall overflow with wine and oil: his cattle shall increase to a multitude: he shall have horses and mules, asses, she asses and dromedaries, camels and elephants, and all swift beasts, and when he goes forth in haste his chariots shall roar like the approach of an army: he shall have gold and silver, precious stones, diamonds, pearls, and the pure platina platinum, with the antiquities of every kind. Thus shall God bless, and thus shall he be prospered: and he shall have peace after a little; for his enemies shall be consumed, many of them, and many shall turn and be his friends in very deed: he shall remain to a good old age, even till his head is like the pure wool. Behold, there is no end to the vision, of the multiplicity of blessings and glories which shall come upon my brother Joseph. He shall possess a mansion on high and have an 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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in that city which is like pure gold, even like transparent glass. His rest shall be glorious and his name remain forever. Thus closes the vision, and thus it shall be; even so. Amen. Given in the evening of September 22, 1835, and recorded October 3, 1835. 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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of the earth, as well as nigh at home: for in this the times shall change— a prophet shall have honor in his own  country. His learning and wisdom shall astonish the great, for they shall acknowledge that by his intelligence he  has far surpassed their learng <learning> and their science. In palaces of governors, rulers and kings shall he be honored, even  in his person, for God shall give him power to prevail. He shall be a lawgiver to Israel and shall teach the house of  Jacob the statutes of the Most High. His testimony shall shine like the sun, and the weight of his influence shall be like the  great river that rises on the east of the lasting hills, and flows into the great deep— so shall his righteous ness ever abound. He shall partake of the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: the chief things of the ancient  mountains, the precious things that couch beneath, and of the treasures hid in the sand. The records of past  ages and generations, and the histories of ancient days shall he bring forth: even the record of the Nephites  shall he again obtain, with all those hid up by Mormon, and others who were righteous, and many  others, till he is overwhelmed with knowledge. No precious thing shall slumber from his possession, for he shall  be covered with the most choice of all ages, till his soul shall be satisfied and his heart shall say,  Enough, Enough! In his hands shall the Urim and Thummim

A term applied to a device used to translate and receive revelation. In the Old Testament, priests were to use such a device to discern God’s will for Israel. The Book of Mormon gives an account of an ancient prophet, Mosiah, who translated records into his...

View Glossary
remain and the holy ministry, and the  keys of the evangelical priesthood

An ecclesiastical and priesthood office with the authority to give inspired blessings, similar to the practice of Old Testament patriarchs. JS occasionally referred to patriarchs as “evangelical ministers” or “evangelists.” Joseph Smith Sr. was ordained as...

View Glossary
, also, for an everlasting priesthood forever, even the patriarchal; for, behold,  he is the first patriarch in the last days. He shall sit in the great assembly and general council of patriarchs,  and execute the will and 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 God under the direction of the Ancient of Days; for he  shall have his place and act in his station. Behold, my brother Joseph is blessed: blessed are all who bless him, and bles sed are all those whom he blessess. Multitudes, multitudes, shall come to a knowledge of the truth through his  ministry, and he shall be welcomed into the presence of kings and the great ones of the earth; for he shall claim his  place among the nobles of the earth and shall be reverenced by them. He shall also be filled withe abundance of  the fat of the earth: his flocks shall bring forth thousands and tens of thousands: his fats [vats] shall overflow with  wine and oil: his cattle shall increase to a multitude: he shall have horses and mules, asses, she asses and dromedaries,  camels and elephants, and all swift beasts, and when he goes forth in haste his chariots shall roar like the  approach of an army: he shall have gold and silver, precious stones, diamonds, pearls, and the pure platina [platinum], with  the antiquities of every kind. Thus shall God bless, and thus shall he be prospered: and he shall have peace after a little;  for his enemies shall be consumed, many of them, and many shall turn and be his friends in very deed: he  shall remain to a good old age, even till his head is like the pure wool. Behold, there is no end to the vision, of  the multiplicity of blessings and glories which shall come upon my brother Joseph. He shall possess a mansion  on high and have an 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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in that city which is like pure gold, even like transparent glass. His rest  shall be glorious and his name remain forever. Thus closes the vision, and thus it shall be; even so.  Amen. Given in the evening of September 22, 1835, and recorded October 3, 1835. 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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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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, Blessing, 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, 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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