Minutes, 21 February 1835

he needs as a minister of Righteousness, and to magnify the  Apostleship whereunto he is called. May a double portion  of that spirit which was communicated to the Diciples of  of our Lord & Saviour, to lead them into all truth, rest  down upon him, go with him where <he> goes. that nothing shall  prevail against him. that he may be delivered from prisons, from the  power of his enemies, and from the adversary of all righteous ness. May he be able to mount up on wings as an Eagle’s, to run  and not be weary, to walk and not faint. May he have great  wisdom & intelligence, and be able to lead thine elect through  this thorny maze. Let sickness and death have no power over  him. Let him be equal with his brethren in bringing many sons  and daughters to glory, and many nations to a knowledge of  the truth. Great blessings shall rest upon thee. Thy faith shall  increase, Thou shalt have great power, to prevail, The viel of the  Heavens shall be rolled up, Thou shalt be permitted to gaze  within it, and receive instruction from on high. No arm that  is formed and lifted against thee, shall prosper, no power shall  prevail, for thou shalt have power with God. and shall proclaim  his gospel, thou wilt be afflicted, but thou shalt be delivered and  conquer all thy foes. Thine office shall never be taken  from thee. Thou shalt be called great. Angels shall carry  thee from place to place. Thy sins are forgiven, and thy name  written in the lambs book of life. Even so Amen.
The following charge was then given Elder P. P. Pratt by  President O. Cowdery.
I am aware, Dear Brother, that the mind naturally claims  something new: but the same thing rehearsed, frequently  profits us. You will have the same difficulties to encounter  in fulfilling this ministry, that the ancient Apostles had.  You have enlisted in a cause that requires your whole  attention, you ought therefore to count the cost, and become  a polished shaft, to become a polished shaft, you must be  sensible, requires the labor of years; and your station re [p. 155]
Minutes, Kirtland, OH, 21 Feb. 1835; handwriting of Warren Cowdery; in Minute Book 1, pp. 154–164; CHL.