Blessing to Joseph Young, 1 March 1835

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  • Historical Introduction

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We your Ministry upon you and also set you apart to be one of the and also to be one of the of that Mission to preside with thy brethren. You shall magnify this high calling and your heart shall be much expanded to love mankind and desire their salvation. You shall travel much and preach much. work much righteousness and exert all your powers in going forth to do good from nation to nation & from land to land. You shall have much persecution and shall be in perils oft. Your enemies will seek your life much and cunningly. But if you will consecrate your life and your all and be faithful you shall overcome and be preserved) and at the end of your ministry you shall return with singing and rejoicing. You shall have power over fire water and all evil, You shall be one of the horns of Joseph to push the nationgs [nations] together from the ends of the earth These blessings we pronounce upon you, and none shall take them from you if you are faithful. Amen. [p. 185]


  1. 1

    Joseph Young later recounted that, in addition to him, six others were ordained as presidents over the Seventy: Sylvester Smith, Zebedee Coltrin, Hazen Aldrich, Levi Hancock, Leonard Rich, and Lyman Sherman. Only Young’s and Smith’s ordination blessings as recorded here reflect that appointment. (Young, History of the Organization of the Seventies, 1, 4.)  

    Young, Joseph, Sr. History of the Organization of the Seventies: Names of First and Second Quorums. Items in Relation to the First Presidency of the Seventies. Also, a Brief Glance at Enoch and His City. Embellished with a Likeness of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, and a View of the Kirtland Temple. Salt Lake City: Deseret News Steam Printing Establishment, 1878.

  2. 2

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 124 [Jacob 1:19]; Revelation, July 1830–A [D&C 24:9]; Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:33]; and Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:80].  

  3. 3

    In a May 1835 conference, Young, together with the other presidents of the Seventy, was told to “hold himself in readiness to go at the call of the Twelve, when the Lord opens the way.” (Minutes and Discourse, 2 May 1835.)  

  4. 4

    See Deuteronomy 33:16–17.