Appendix 5, Document 7. Blessing to Frederick G. Williams, 2 October 1835

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Blessed be , for he shall never want a friend, and his generation after him shall flourish: The Lord hath appointed him an in the land of . Yea, and his head shall blossom with old age, and he shall be as an olive branch that is bowed down with fruit. And he shall be blessed with the abundance of the good things of the earth because of the liberality of his soul, even with the precious things that couch beneath; even with gold and with silver in abundance, and with antiquities of every kind: with precious stones, and with platina [platinum]; with houses and with lands, and with cattle, with charriots and with horses, and asses and with she asses, with mules and camels, and dromedaries, and all swift beasts, at home and abroad, among governors, rulers and kings, and nations afar off: and all these because of the liberality of his soul, always abounding unto the poor. Therefore, the hand of his God shall be over him and his seed after him, from generation to generation. And his head shall blossom and be as white as the pure wool—and his rest shall be glorious: He shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the cloud, and ever be with the Lord. Amen.
, Clerk and Recorder.
Recorded in this book, October 2, 1835. [p. 13]


  1. 1

    Frederick G. Williams’s blessing in JS’s journal begins with the following: “Brother Frederick is one of those men in whom I place the greatest confidence and trust for I have found him ever full of love and Brotherly kindness he is not a man of many words but is ever wining because of his constant mind he shall ever have place in my heart and is ever intitled to my confidence He is perfectly honest and upright, and seeks with all his heart to magnify his presidency in the church of ch[r]ist, but fails in many instances, in consequence of a want of confidence in himself: God grant that he may overcome all evil.” (JS, Journal, 14–19 Nov. 1833.)  

  2. 2

    See Daniel 7:9; and Revelation 1:14.  

  3. 3

    See Isaiah 11:10.  

  4. 4

    See 1 Thessalonians 4:17.