Appendix 5, Document 4. Blessing to William Smith, 28 September 1835
JS, Blessing, to , , Geauga Co., OH, 28 Sept. 1835. Featured version copied 28 Sept. 1835 in Patriarchal Blessing Book 1, pp. 10–11; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information on Patriarchal Blessing Book 1, see the source note for Blessing from Joseph Smith Sr., 9 Dec. 1834.
On 28 September 1835, entered a blessing into the patriarchal blessing book that had been dictated by JS for his brother on 18 December 1833. The blessing was originally recorded by in JS’s journal. However, as entered by Cowdery in 1835, the text of the blessing was greatly expanded; over fifty-six percent of the text in the patriarchal blessing book is not present in the journal version. The additions discuss miracles that Smith would perform, as well as promises that he would be greatly rewarded in the hereafter for his service and preaching on earth.
Brother is as the fierce lion which divideth not the spoil because of his much strength; and in the pride of his heart he will neglect the more weighty matters until his soul is bowed down in sorrow, and then he shall return and call on the name of his God and shall find forgiveness, and shall wax valiant in the cause of truth: therefore, he shall be saved unto the uttermost and shall be with power from on high. At his rebuke, in the name of the Lord, the eyes of the blind [p. 10]