Minutes, 8 August 1835
- Source Note
On 8 August 1835, JS and a in , Ohio, met to bless several individuals who were designated as “sons of Zion.” These blessings seem to have been part of a larger effort to bless individuals who had accompanied JS on the expedition to in summer 1834. A June 1834 revelation had told these participants that they were no longer required to redeem at that time; the revelation explained that God had “prepared a great and blessing” for them. Although the endowment and subsequent blessings did not occur until the completion of the in Kirtland in 1836, JS convened a meeting of the Camp of Israel participants in February 1835 to recognize them for their service, after which blessings were periodically given. These blessings took several forms. Some were given to camp members as they were being as or members of the . Other blessings were given independently of any ordination and became known as “Zion blessings.” Both types of blessings were frequently recorded in church records. copied many of the ordination blessings into Minute Book 1, and some of the Zion blessings were entered into the church’s patriarchal blessing book, even though they were not considered patriarchal blessings. The minutes of the 8 August 1835 meeting suggest that there may have also been a record book used solely to record ordination blessings and Zion blessings, but no such record book is extant.entered the minutes of the 8 August 1835 meeting into Minute Book 1. But the entry appears to be incomplete, as it ends in the middle of a sentence and nearly half the page below the text was left blank, as though Cowdery planned to return and complete the minutes at a later time.
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Patriarchal Blessings, 1833–. CHL. CR 500 2.
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