Blessing to William Smith, 15 February 1835

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That he may be purified in heart, that he may have communion with God. That he may be equal with his brethren in holding the of this ministry That he may be kept and be instrumental in leading Israel forth, that he may be delivered from the hands of those who seek to destroy him: that he may be enabled to bear testimony to the nations, that Jesus lives. That he may stand in the midst of pestilence and destruction, he shall be mighty in the hands of God, in bringing about the restoration of Israel. The nations shall rejoice at the greatness of the gifts which God has bestowed upon him, That his tongue shall be loosed, he shall have power to do great things in the name of Jesus. He shall be preserved and remain on the earth, until Christ shall come to take vengeance on the wicked. [p. 154]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    Smith copied his blessing into a reminiscence, stating that it came from “the record book of the proceedings of the Church in those days.” Other than the minor differences noted herein and some punctuation changes, Smith’s copy follows the blessing as recorded here. (Smith, William Smith on Mormonism, 26–27.)  

    Smith, William. William Smith on Mormonism. This Book Contains a True Account of the Origin of the Book of Mormon. A Sketch of the History, Experience, and Ministry of Elder William Smith. . . . Lamoni, IA: Herald Steam Book and Job Office, 1883.

  2. 2

    William Smith’s later copy eliminates “him.” (Smith, William Smith on Mormonism, 27.)  

    Smith, William. William Smith on Mormonism. This Book Contains a True Account of the Origin of the Book of Mormon. A Sketch of the History, Experience, and Ministry of Elder William Smith. . . . Lamoni, IA: Herald Steam Book and Job Office, 1883.

  3. 3

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 37, 68, 512 [1 Nephi 15:20; 2 Nephi 3:24; 3 Nephi 29:1].  

  4. 4

    William Smith’s later copy replaces “the nations” with “many.” (Smith, William Smith on Mormonism, 27.)  

    Smith, William. William Smith on Mormonism. This Book Contains a True Account of the Origin of the Book of Mormon. A Sketch of the History, Experience, and Ministry of Elder William Smith. . . . Lamoni, IA: Herald Steam Book and Job Office, 1883.

  5. 5

    William Smith’s later copy uses the singular “gift” here. (Smith, William Smith on Mormonism, 27.)  

    Smith, William. William Smith on Mormonism. This Book Contains a True Account of the Origin of the Book of Mormon. A Sketch of the History, Experience, and Ministry of Elder William Smith. . . . Lamoni, IA: Herald Steam Book and Job Office, 1883.

  6. 6

    See Revelation, Sept. 1830–A [D&C 29:17]. William Smith’s later copy does not reproduce this last sentence. (Smith, William Smith on Mormonism, 27.)  

    Smith, William. William Smith on Mormonism. This Book Contains a True Account of the Origin of the Book of Mormon. A Sketch of the History, Experience, and Ministry of Elder William Smith. . . . Lamoni, IA: Herald Steam Book and Job Office, 1883.

  7. 7

    The version of these minutes in a later JS history has “Adjourned” following the word “Confirmed.” (JS History, vol. B-1, 568.)  

    JS History / Smith, Joseph, et al. History, 1838–1856. Vols. A-1–F-1 (original), A-2–E-2 (fair copy). Historian’s Office, History of the Church, 1839–ca. 1882. CHL. CR 100 102, boxes 1–7. The history for the period after 5 Aug. 1838 was composed after the death of Joseph Smith.