JS, Blessing, to , , Hancock Co., IL, 23 Mar. 1843; handwriting of JS; one page; Whitney Family Documents, CHL.
On 27 July 1842, and JS were “married or Sealed” by Whitney’s father, ; her mother, , witnessed the event. Eight months later, JS personally inscribed this blessing to Sarah Ann Whitney, which promised her “a diadem of glory in the Eternal worlds” as long as she would “remain in the Everlasting covenant to the end.” It is unknown what prompted the creation of this document, nor is it known how Whitney understood or interpreted it. The document was preserved by the Whitney family until it was donated by Whitney’s nephew, Orson F. Whitney, to Joseph F. Smith in 1912.
March 23d 1843
Oh Lord my God thou that dwellest on high bless I beseach of thee the one into whose hands this may fall and crown her with a diadem of glory in the Eternal worlds Oh let <it> be Sealed this day on high that She Shall come forth in the first reserrection to recieve the Same and verily it Shall be so Saith the Lord if She remain in the Everlasting covenant to the end as also all her Fathers house Shall be Saved in the Same Eternal glory and if any of them Shall wander from the foald of the Lord they Shall not perish but Shall return Saith the Lord and be Saived in and by repentance be crowned with all the fullness of the glory of the Everlasting gospelel these promises I Seal upon all of their heads in the name of Jesus Christ by the Law of the holy preisthood Even so Amen