Minutes, Discourse, and Blessings, 14–15 February 1835

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Blessings
This day a meeting was called of those who for the <purpose of laying> the foundation of its redemption last season with as many more of the Brethren & Sisters as felt disposed to attend. Joseph Smith Junr presided over the meeting. After the Congregation assembled. he arose and requested the attention and read the 15th chapter of John and said, let us endeavor to solemnize our minds that we may receive a blessing by calling on the Lord & said let us pray
After an appropriate and affecting prayer was made the Bretheren who went to Zion, were requested to take their seats together in one part of the house by themselves. President Smith arose and stated the reason why this meeting was called. It was this. God had it and it was made known to him by vision and by the Holy Spirit. he then gave a relation of some of the circumstances attending us while journeying to Zion, our trials, sufferings &c &c. He said God had not designed all this for nothing, but he had it in remembrance yet, and those who went to Zion, with a determination to lay down their lives, if necessary, it was the Will of God, that they should be to the ministry and go forth to prune the vineyard for the last time, or the coming of the Lord, which was nigh, even fifty six years, should wind up the scene. He said many things such as the weak things, even the smallest and weakest among us shall be powerful and mighty and great things, should be accomplished by you, even from this hour. He said, you shall begin to feel the whisperings of the Spirit of God, and the works of God, shall begin to break forth from this time. you shall be with power from on high. [p. 147]
Smith then called upon all those who to know if they were agreed with him in the statements which he had made, he said if you are arise upon your feet, all arose upon their feet. He then called upon the balance of the congregation to know also, if they would sanction the movement. They all raised the right hand. The names of those who went to Zion are as follows.
Joseph Smith Junr. 1 James L. Thompson 27 53
2 Henry Shibley 28 54
3 29 P[eter] Buchanan 55
4 Lewis Robbins 30 56
5 Darwin Richardson 31
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10 36
11 Daniel Stevens 37
12 Bradford Elliott 38
13 Hiram Stratton 39
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15 41
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19 45
Alden Burdick 20 46
Hiram Winters 21 S[olomon] W. Denton 47
22 48
23 Elias Hutchins 49
Libeus T. Coon [Libbeus Coons] 24 Charles Kelly 50
25 51
26 52
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A Hymn was then sung for dismission (viz.) Hark listen to the trumpeters they call for volunteers. closed by prayer and dismissed for one hour.
Met pursuant to adjourment & president opened the meeting by Prayer. President J. Smith Junr. and arose and said. The first business of the meeting was for the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon, to pray each one and then proceed to choose twelve men from the as to go to all nations, kindred toungs and people. The three Witnesses united in prayer (Viz) , & . These three Witnesses were then blessed by the of the . They then according to a former commandment, proceeded to make choice of : The names of are as follows
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, and came forward and the three witnesses laid their hands upon each ones head and prayed separately. The Blessing of was in the name of Jesus Christ, that he should bear the tidings of salvation to nations, tongues and people, until the utmost corners of the earth shall hear the tidings, and that he shall be a witness of the things of God to nations & tongues, and that shall administer to him occasionally and that no power of the enemy shall prevent him from going forth and doing the work of the Lord. And that he shall <should> live until the was accomplished, according to the Holy Prophets. And that he should be like unto Enoch. [p. 149] And your faith shall be like unto his, and he shall be called great among all the living, and Satan shall tremble before thee, and that he shall see the Saviour come and stand on the Earth with power and great glory.
And your faith shall be like unto his, and he shall be called great among all the living, and Satan shall tremble before thee, and that he shall see the Saviour come and stand on the Earth with power and great glory.
The blessing of was as follows, That he should be strong in Body, that he may go forth and gather the Elect preparatory to the great day of the coming of the Lord, and that he might be strong and mighty declaring the tidings to nations that know not God, that he may add ten talents, that he may come to Zion with many sheaves. He shall go forth from land to land and from sea to sea. and shall behold Heavenly Messengers going forth, & his life shall be prolonged, and the Holy Priesthood is confirmed upon thee, that he may do wonders in the name of Jesus, that he may cast out Devils, heal the sick, raise the dead, open the eyes of the blind, go forth from land to land and from sea to sea, and that heathen nations shall not even call him God himself, if he did not rebuke them.
, blessing was in substance as follows. That he shall be made like unto those who have <been> blessed before him and be favored with the same blessing. That he might receive visions, the ministration of and hear their voices & even come into the presence of God. That many millions may be converted by his instrumentality that angels may waft him from place to place and that he may stand unto the coming of our Lord and receive a crown over the kingdom of our Lord, that he be made acquainted with the day when Christ shall come, that he shall be made perfect [p. 150] in faith and that the deaf shall hear, the lame shall walk, the blind shall see, and greater things <than> these shall he do, that he shall have boldness of speech before the nations and great power &c.
in faith and that the deaf shall hear, the lame shall walk, the blind shall see, and greater things <than> these shall he do, that he shall have boldness of speech before the nations and great power &c.
A hymn was then sung Glorious things of the[e] are spoken. The congregation was then dismissed by J. Smith Junr.
Sunday, Feb. 15th at 9 o clock A.M. the congregation again assembled & arose, and made some observations upon the nature of the meeting and then prayed unto the Lord for his assistance &c &c.
After which a number of certificates were read and accepted from brethren, that recently returned from Zion. Then, called forwarward . and and proceeded to their & blessing.
, blessing. proceeded and called upon the Lord to smile upon him and that his faith shall be perfect, and that the blessings pronounced shall be realized. He shall be made mighty and be with power from on high, and go forth to the nations of the earth to proclaim the gospel. That he shall escape all the pollutions of the world. The shall uphold him, and that he shall go forth according to the , both to Jew & and shall go to all nations, kingdoms and tongues and shall All who hear his voice shall acknowledge him to be a servant of God. He shall be equal in holding the of the kingdom. He shall stand on the earth and bring souls till Christ comes. We know that he loves thee, and may this thy servant be able to walk through pestilence and not be harmed. The powers of darkness shall have no ascendency over him. He shall have power to smite the earth with pestilence, to divide waters and lead through the Saints. He shall go from land to land and from sea to sea. He shall be like unto one of the three [p. 151]
’s blessing. O God, give this, thy servant a knowledge of thy will; May he be like one of old who bore testimony of Jesus. May he be a new man from this day forth. He shall be equal with his brethren, , and have all the qualifications of the Prophets before him. May his body be strong and never be weary. May he walk and not faint. May he have power over all diseases, and faith according to his desires. May the Heavens be opened upon him speedily, that he may bear testimony from knowledge, that he may go to nations and isles afar off. May he have a knowledge of thing the things of the kingdom from the beginning and be able to tear down like a Lion May he have power to smite his enemies before him with utter destruction. May he continue till the Lord comes. O Father we seal these blessings upon him, even so Amen.
s blessing
Our Father, in Heaven, look down in mercy upon us and upon this thy servant whom we to the ministry of the twelve. He shall be prepared and preserved and become like those we have blessed before him, The nations shall tremble before him. He shall hear the voice of God: he shall comfort the hearts of the saints, always. The angels shall bear him up till he shall finish his ministry. He shall be delivered and come forth with Israel. He shall bear testimony to the kings of the earth, and hold communion with the Father, with the son and with the general assembly and church of the first born. If cast into prison he shall be able to comfort the hearts of his comrades His tongue shall be loosed and he shall have power to lead many to Zion, and set down with them, and the Ancient of Days shall pronounce this blessing. That you have been faithful. He shall have strength [p. 152] wisdom & power. He shall go among the covenant people and speak all their tongues where he shall go. All these blessings we confirm upon him in the name of Jesus. Amen.
wisdom & power. He shall go among the covenant people and speak all their tongues where he shall go. All these blessings we confirm upon him in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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In the name of the Lord, Wisdom & intelligence shall be poured out upon him, to enable him to perform the great work, that is incumbent upon him. That he may be spared until the saints are gathered, that he may stand before Kings and Rulers to bear testimony and be upheld by holy Angels, and the nations of the earth shall acknowledge that God has sent him. He shall have power to overcome his enemies, and his life shall be spared in the midst of pestilance and destruction, and in the midst of his enemies. He shall be a prince and a saviour to God’s people. The Tempter shall not overcome him, nor his enemies prevail against him. The Heavens shall be opened unto him as unto men in days of old. He shall be mighty in the hands of God, and shall convince thousands that God has sent him, and his days may by prolonged until the coming of the son of man. He shall be wafted as on eagles wings, from country to country and from people to people and <be able> to <do> wonders in the midst of this generation, Even so Amen.
’s blessing
Thou hast prevailed, and thou shalt prevail and thou shalt declare the gospel unto many nations. Thou shalt be made mighty before God. And although thou shalt be cast out from the face of men, yet thou shalt <have> power to prevail, thou shalt lead the Elect triumphantly to the places of refuge. Thou shalt be like thy brethren who have been blessed before thee. Thou shalt stand in that day of calamity when the wicked shall be consumed, and present unto the Father, spotless, the fruit of his <thy> labor. Thou shalt overcome all the evils that are in the world. Thou shalt have wisdom to put to silence all the wisdom of the wise, and thou shalt see the face of thy Redeemer in the flesh. These blessings were <are> pronounced and sealed upon thee even so Amen. [p. 153]
’s blessing
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]