Blessing to Alvin Winegar, 7 February 1836

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A blessing— Pronounced by the upon the head of Alvin Winegar— Feby 7th 1836.
We lay our hands upon thy head in the name of Jesus and ask our Heavenly Father to bestow many blessings upon thee, both in this life— and in that which is to come— we many blessings in time upon thee, and in Eternity an exceeding rich reward. Thou wast willing to lay down thy life for thy brethren and the Lord shall cho[o]se thee for his own— Even as a vessel in the House of God— The Lord shall seal blesings for thee in Heaven— and look upon them and none shall fail— thy mind shall be strengthened— faith encreased— receive much wisdom— power and understanding— must offer all that thou hast a sacrifice to thy God, even all thy mind and strengt[h]— and give thy self up to him without reserve. body and spirit— go at his command and he will loose thy tongue and make thee a swift Messenger— an instrument of much good on the Earth— see great disolations come upon the wicked and glory to the righteous— and his power manifested in blessings and in cureings— Shall be lifted up and shout hosannah among the heavently hosts— see the Heavens opened. The charriots of Israel and the Horsemen thereof— and great shall be thy rejoicings— Shall receive the holy in due time, which shall never be taken from thee in time or in Eternity— Stand upon the Earth till the son of man comes— see the end of this generation— do much good in proclaiming the gospel carried to Nations afar off— preach in all languages and tongues— power to resist the power of floods and flames— overcome the destroyer— and the pestilence shall not harm thee— open the blind eyes— unstop the deaf ears— Cause the dumb Tongue of the dumb to sing for joy— many shall seek to touch thy garments— and others shall send handkerchiefs, and Aprons to thee and be healed by this means. Thou shalt have all the power that thou needest to fill thy Ministry[.] Angels shall minister unto thee— and thy saviour shall stand before thee, and thou shalt be able to Certify to the Nations of things which thou hast seen, and doest most assuredly know. The Heavenly Hosts shall be round about thee, to deliver thee out of all thy afflictions— and thy soul shall Shout Hosannah to God and the Lamb and nothing shall prevail against thee to harm thee— These blessings dear brother if thou art faithful Shall rest upon thy head and be <​all​> fulfilled— for we seal them upon the[e] in the name of Jesus by the authority of the Holy Priesthood even so Amen.—— Ohio—— / scribe. JWsr last scribe. [p. [1]]


  1. 1

    In January 1836, the presidency consisted of JS, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, Frederick G. Williams, Hyrum Smith, and Joseph Smith Sr. (Account of Meetings, Revelation, and Blessing, 5–6 Dec. 1834.)  

  2. 2

    Similar language was used in sermons about the Camp of Israel expedition and in other blessings given to its participants. While addressing former members of the expedition on 14 February 1835, JS remarked, “Those who went to Zion, with a determination to lay down their lives, if necessary, it was the Will of God, that they should be ordained to the ministry.” Other Zion blessings expressed similar language, including blessings for Sherman Gilbert, Charles Kelly, Salmon Warner, and Hyrum Smith. (Minute Book 1, 14–15 Feb. 1835; 1 Mar. 1835; 17 Aug. 1835; see also Park, “Thou Wast Willing to Lay Down Thy Life for Thy Brethren,” 27–37.)  

    Park, Benjamin E. “‘ Thou Wast Willing to Lay Down Thy Life for Thy Brethren’: Zion’s Blessings in the Early Church.” John Whitmer Historical Association Journal 29 (2009): 27–37.

  3. 3

    See 2 Timothy 2:20–21.  

  4. 4

    See Isaiah 18:2. The term “swift messenger” also appears in two other contemporary Zion blessings, for Hazen Aldrich and Lorenzo Barnes. (Minutes, Discourse, and Blessings, 1 Mar. 1835; Blessing to Lorenzo Barnes, 3 Jan. 1836.)  

  5. 5

    See 2 Kings 2:12, 13:14; and JS, Journal, 22 Jan. 1836.  

  6. 6

    See Matthew 9:20–22; and Luke 8:43–48.  

  7. 7

    See Acts 19:11–12.  

  8. 8

    JS and others used the phrase “shout Hosanna to God and the Lamb” elsewhere during this period. In a 21 January 1836 journal entry, JS recorded a vision in which “the power of the highest rested upon, us the house was filled with the glory of God, and we shouted Hosanah to God and the Lamb.” The phrase also appeared in a hymn penned by William W. Phelps sometime in 1835 and was included in the church’s first hymnal. The hymn—referred to as “Hosanah to God and the Lamb” in JS’s journal—was sung following the dedication of the House of the Lord in Kirtland on 27 March. (JS, Journal, 21 Jan. 1836 and 27 Mar. 1836; see also Visions, 21 Jan. 1836 [D&C 137]; and Hymn 90, Collection of Sacred Hymns, 120.)  

  9. 9

    This is likely Alvin Winegar’s son John Alvin Winegar. (Esshom, Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, 1255.)  

    Esshom, Frank. Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah: Comprising Photographs, Genealogies, Biographies. Salt Lake City: Utah Pioneers Book, 1913.