Blessing to David Whitmer, 22 September 1835

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Blessed of the Lord is , for he truly is a faithful friend to mankind, and he should be beloved by all, because of the integrity of his heart. All his words are as steadfast as the pillars of heaven, because truth is his only meditation, and he delighteth in it, and shall rejoice in it forever. The Lord God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob, shall be on his right hand and on his left, and shall go before his face, and shall be his rear ward, and his enemies shall become an easy pray unto him; for behold, he it is, whom the Lord hath appointed to be captain of his host, under the guidance and direction of him who is appointed to say unto the strength of the Lord’s house, Go forth and build up the waste places of Zion. A mighty shaft shall he be in the quiver of the Almighty in bringing about the redemption of , and in avenging the wrongs of the innocent. He shall yet stand upon the land of , from whence he has been driven, and shall find there; and shall be a ruler in Zion until he is old and well stricken [p. 13] in years. And shall enjoy an abundance of the precious things of the lasting mountains, and shall have part with his brethren in all the good things of this earth, and shall never want a friend. He shall bring down his adversaries under his feet, and shall walk upon their ashes when their names are blotted out. His name shall be a blessing among all nations, and his testimony shall shine as fair as the sun, and as a diamond it shall remain untarnished. There shall not be a spot upon his character while he lives, neither upon his seed after him unto the latest posterity: he shall not be forsaken nor his seed found begging bread. Amen.
, Clerk and Recorder.
Given like the foregoing blessings, by vision, to Joseph Smith, jr. the , September 22, 1835, and recorded Oct. 2, 1835. [p. 14]


  1. 1

    See Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:88].  

  2. 2

    See Isaiah 52:12; 58:8; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 498–499, 501 [3 Nephi 20:42; 21:29]; and Revelation, 7 May 1831 [D&C 49:27].  

  3. 3

    See Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831 [D&C 133:28].  

  4. 4

    According to John Whitmer, on 24 September 1835, church leaders at Kirtland met to organize the return to Zion. John Whitmer said that meeting participants, “according to a previous commandment given, appointed David Whitm[er] Capt of the Lords host.” JS’s journal for the same date records, “This day drew up an Article of inrollment for the redemton of Zion that we may obtain volenteers to go next Spring to Mo [Missouri].” (Whitmer, History, 81; JS, Journal, 24 Sept. 1835.)  

  5. 5

    See Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:18]; and Revelation, 24 Feb. 1834 [D&C 103:11].  

  6. 6

    See Isaiah 49:2; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 54 [1 Nephi 21:2].  

  7. 7

    See Deuteronomy 33:15.  

  8. 8

    See Psalm 37:25.  

  9. 9

    As an introduction to the blessings given by JS in December 1833, which immediately precede Whitmer’s blessing in the patriarchal blessing book, Cowdery wrote, “The following blessings, by the spirit of prophecy, were pronounced by Joseph Smith, jr. the first elder, and first patriarch of the Church.” He noted that “these blessings were given by vision and the spirit of prophecy” and concluded, “Thus spake the Seer, and these are the words which fell from his lips while the visions of the Almighty were open to his view.” (Patriarchal Blessings, 1:8–9.)  

    Patriarchal Blessings, 1833–. CHL. CR 500 2.