Minutes and Blessings, 1 March 1835

Hyrum Smith

9 Feb. 1800–27 June 1844. Farmer, cooper. Born at Tunbridge, Orange Co., Vermont. Son of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Moved to Randolph, Orange Co., 1802; to Tunbridge, before May 1803; to Royalton, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1804; to Sharon, Windsor Co., by...

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If thou desirest to go to the ends of the earth, thou mayest  Thy heart shall be enlarged. Thou shalt escape all  the calamities which are coming on the earth. and if thou  desirest thou mayest bring many souls to Jesus. Thou  shalt be able to comprehend all things concerning this  Kingdom. Great shall be thy blessing. Thou shalt be able  to speak and no man shall gainsay. Thou shalt have  power to escape the hand of thine enemies. Thy life shall  be sought with untiring zeal, but thou shalt escape; If it  please thee, and thou desirest thou shalt have the power  voluntarily to lay down thy life to glorify God. Thou shalt  be spared to preside over one of the Stakes of Zion

The ecclesiastical organization of church members in a particular locale. Stakes were typically large local organizations of church members; stake leaders could include a presidency, a high council, and a bishopric. Some revelations referred to stakes “to...

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, which  shall hereafter be appointed. and thou shalt be unto it  like one of the seven Angels who were appointed over  the seven Churches. Amen
Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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Thou art blessed, thou shalt stand before the great men  of the earth. Thy mind shall expand, and thou shalt be  enabled to waft thyself as upon the wings of the wind.  Thou shalt stand according to thy desires and see the face of  thy Redeemer. Thy blessings are confirmed

After baptism, new converts were confirmed members of the church “by the laying on of the hands, & the giving of the Holy Ghost.” According to JS’s history, the first confirmations were given at the organization of the church on 6 April 1830. By March 1831...

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upon thee. The Heav enly hosts are rejoicing over thee. Twice thou hast been to  the Land of Zion. The Lord has sustained thee for a wise  purpose. Thy mind and thy [heart?] shall be enlarged, and thou shalt  make known the gospel to the great ones of the earth.  And shall yet lead them to Zion. If thou desirest thou  shalt rise upon the wings of the morning and not be  an inhabitant of the grave, Thou shalt be one  who shall preside over Zion. All these blessings we  seal

To confirm or solemnize. In the early 1830s, revelations often adopted biblical usage of the term seal; for example, “sealed up the testimony” referred to proselytizing and testifying of the gospel as a warning of the approaching end time. JS explained in...

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and confirm upon thee Amen [p. 186]
Minutes, 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, 1 Mar. 1835; handwriting of Warren Cowdery

17 Oct. 1788–23 Feb. 1851. Physician, druggist, farmer, editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Married Patience Simonds, 22 Sept. 1814, in Pawlet, Rutland Co. Moved to Freedom, Cattaraugus Co., New York, 1816...

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; in Minute Book 1, pp. 172–186; CHL.