Appendix 5, Document 1. Blessing to Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith, between circa 15 and 28 September 1835

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Blessed of the Lord is my , for he shall stand in the midst of his posterity and shall be comforted 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 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 , 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 , with the residue of his posterity, who were righteous, into the valley of , 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 : he shall be called a prince over his posterity, holding the keys of the patriarchal priesthood over the kingdom of God on earth, even the; and he shall sit in the general assembly of , even in council with the Ancient of Days when he shall sit and all the patriarchs with him— and shall enjoy his right and authority under the direction of the Ancient of Days.
And blessed, also, is my , for she is a mother in Israel, and shall be a partaker with my 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 , for her soul is ever filled <​with​> benevolence and philanthropy; and notwithstanding 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 , 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 affliction 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 Joseph by the hand of his progenitor, shall come upon him <​the​> head of my 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 . 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.
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  1. 1

    See Instruction on Priesthood, between ca. 1 Mar. and ca. 4 May 1835 [D&C 107:39–40].  

  2. 2

    On 1 January 1834, Oliver Cowdery wrote a letter to John Whitmer, stating that since he arrived in Ohio from Missouri in summer 1833, he had “been informed from a proper source that the Angel Michael is no less than our father Adam.” In June 1835, William W. Phelps wrote in a letter to Cowdery that he understood that “Michael, the prince” was “our great father Adam,” something that he considered to be “new light.” (Oliver Cowdery, Kirtland, OH, to John Whitmer, 1 Jan. 1834, in Cowdery, Letterbook, 15; “Letter No. 8,” LDS Messenger and Advocate, June 1835, 1:130.)  

    Cowdery, Oliver. Letterbook, 1833–1838. Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.

    Latter Day Saints’ Messenger and Advocate. Kirtland, OH. Oct. 1834–Sept. 1837.

  3. 3

    See Instruction on Priesthood, between ca. 1 Mar. and ca. 4 May 1835 [D&C 107:53–55].  

  4. 4

    See Daniel 7:9–10; and Revelation, ca. Aug. 1835 [D&C 27:11].  

  5. 5

    See 2 Samuel 20:19; and Judges 5:7.  

  6. 6

    Lucy Mack Smith was sixty at the time.  

  7. 7

    The version in JS’s journal has “yet she shall.” (JS, Journal, 18 Dec. 1833.)  

  8. 8

    The version in JS’s journal has “shall be comferted.” (JS, Journal, 18 Dec. 1833.)  

  9. 9

    See Revelation, June 1829–A [D&C 14:7].  

  10. 10

    The passage “be full of the Holy Ghost; for he shall predict whatsoever shall befal[l] his posterity unto the latest generation” appears to have been taken from the description of Adam in the Instruction on Priesthood. (JS, Journal, 18 Dec. 1833; Instruction on Priesthood, between ca. 1 Mar. and ca. 4 May 1835 [D&C 107:56].)  

  11. 11

    See Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:14].  

  12. 12

    Here, the version in JS’s journal inserts “he shall also possess a mansion on high.” (JS, Journal, 18 Dec. 1833.)  

  13. 13

    See Genesis 49:22–26.  

  14. 14

    See Deuteronomy 25:15; 1 Kings 3:14; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 428 [Helaman 7:24].  

  15. 15

    See Isaiah 11:10; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 98 [2 Nephi 21:10]; and Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:31].