JS and others, Blessing, to Darwin Richardson, , Geauga Co., OH, 1 Mar. 1835. Featured version copied [not before 25 Feb. 1836] in Minute Book 1, p. 184; handwriting of ; CHL. For more complete source information, see the source note for Minute Book 1.
We you an and one of the . You have given testimony that you were willing to lay down your life. The Lord will, therefore, from this hour give you great light, understanding and wisdom and power also, for the Lord afar will send you afar off and you shall teach a multitude of nations in their own tongues, and you shall go [to?] the Islands and teach, and even depopulate them for you shall lead them to . Your enemies shall not have power over you, though they may desire it, But when you are a very old man you shall stand on the earth and see the Lord Jesus appear. And if you desire it you shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and enter upon the Millenial reign. Amen [p. 184]
Darwin Richardson (1812–1860) was born in Lisbon, New Hampshire. After receiving this blessing, he accompanied Hazen Aldrich to New Hampshire and Maine, “proclaiming the Gospel in publick in every place where we found open doors.” Aldrich and Richardson returned to Kirtland in December 1835. (Backman, Profile, 58; Hazen Aldrich, Report, Feb. 1835, Missionary Reports, 1831–1900, CHL.)
Backman, Milton V., Jr., comp. A Profile of Latter-day Saints of Kirtland, Ohio, and Members of Zion’s Camp, 1830–1839: Vital Statistics and Sources. 2nd ed. Provo, UT: Department of Church History and Doctrine and Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 1983.