Appendix 5, Document 8. Blessing to Sidney Rigdon, 2 October 1835
JS, Blessing, to , [, Geauga Co., OH], 2 Oct. 1835. Featured version copied 2 Oct. 1835 in Patriarchal Blessing Book 1, p. 13; 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.
Blessed of the Lord is : notwithstanding he shall be high and lifted up, yet he will humble himself like an ass that coucheth beneath his burden, that learneth his master’s will by the stroke of the rod, thus saith the Lord. Yet the Lord will have mercy on him, and he shall bring forth much fruit, even as the vine of the choice grape, before the time of the gleaning of the vintage, and the Lord shall make his heart merry as with sweet wine because of him who putteth forth his hand and and lifteth him up out of deep mire and pointeth him out the way and guideth his feet when he stumbles, and humbleth him in his pride. Blessed are his generations: nevertheless, one shall hunt after them as as a man hunteth after an ass that is strayed in the wilderness and straitway findeth him and bringeth him into the fold: and thus shall the Lord watch over his generations that they may be saved. A spokesman unto the Lord shall he be all the days of his life; and it shall come to pass that he shall hold the rod as of Aaron, in his right hand. He shall be called blessed, and his name shall be held sacred among all nations. He shall be called to stand before kings <governors> and rulers, and among the nobles and the great ones of the earth: and there shall be no greater, in this generation, for the Lord shall reveal unto the of Israel, and he shall declare it. And his testimony shall be borne off triumphantly victorious. He shall put to flight and to shame his enemies, who have endeavored to hold him in bondage: he shall live to see them wasted out of the earth, and he shall walk proudly upon their places of their dead. He shall never be disgraced in his generations, but they shall rise up and do honor to his name; and his name shall be had among them as a sweet memorial, from generation to generation, forever. And it shall come to pass that he shall sit in council with the Ancient of Days. He shall see with his eyes, and hear with his ears, and handle with his hands of this <the> word of life, and shall say, I am satisfied, my soul doth magnify God. Great and numberless are the multiplicity of blessings which shall be poured out upon the head of . He shall have abundance of the good things of this earth, because of the nobility of his soul, and his liberality to the poor. He shall not decrease, but increase an hundred fold, in houses and in lands, and in the increase of his fields, and of all that he hath: And his mind shall never fail, neither his understanding unto the end; even so. Amen.
, clerk and Recorder.
Given December 18, 1833, and recorded in this book October 2, 1835. [p. 13]
Sidney Rigdon’s blessing in JS’s journal is prefaced with the following: “Brother Sidney is a man whom I love but is not capab[le] of that pure and stedfast love for those who are his benefactors as should possess the breast of a Presedent of the chu[r]ch of Christ this with some other little things such as a selfish and indipendance of mind which to[o] often manifest distroys the confidence of those who would lay down their lives for him but notwithstanding these things he is a very great and good man a man of great power of words and can gain the friendship of his hearrers very quick he is a man whom god will uphold if he will continue faithful to his calling O God grant that he may for the Lords sake Amen the man who willeth to do well we should extall his virtues and speak not of his faults behind his back a man who willfuly turneth away from his friend without a cause is not easily forgiven. the kindness of a man should never be forgotten that person who never forsaketh his trust should ever have the highest place for regard in our hearts and our love should never fail but increase more and more and this my disposition and sentiment &c Amen.” (JS, Journal, 14–19 Nov. 1833.)