Blessing to James Ivins, 7 January 1840

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  • Historical Introduction

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Dear Brother, I lay my hands upon thy head in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. and bless thee with a Patriarchal Blessing: in virtue of the Authority of the Holy invested in me; and thou shall be blessed. Thy children also shall be blessed in the earth, and they shall min[i]ster to the children of men with power and Great glory, and thine eyes shall see it, thou shall be blessed with long life, and live to a good old age; and <​thou​> shall see thy childrens children unto the (second or third) generation for thou hast a blessed family and they shall be blessed in the earth, unto the latest generation and thou shalt hear the voice of the Son of Man saying unto thee, Son they sins are forgiven thee And Angles Shalt minister unto thee, because of the honesty of thy heart, before the Lord; and it shall come to pass, that in after time the holy Preisthood shall be upon thine head; and thou shall be blessed in thy basket and in thy store, and in thy soul, and in thy body, in thy goings out and in thy comings in. and the Lord will bless thee in the Land and thou shall be found at the right hand of God. the Ancient of days shall stretch forth his hand to receive thee and thou shall minister before him, I now bless thee with the blessing the blessing of Abraham & Isaac and of Jacob—— [p. [1]]
and now I thee up into <​unto​> eternal life; and pronounce these blessing upon thy head in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, even so Amen——
Jan 7th 1840
By Joseph Smith Jr, of the —— [p. [2]]


  1. 1

    Ivins and his wife, Mary Schenk Ivins, had five children at this time, ranging in age from ten to twenty years old. (Allen, Genealogy and History of the Shreve Family, 229–230.)  

    Allen, L. P. The Genealogy and History of the Shreve Family from 1641. Greenfield, IL: Privately printed, 1901.

  2. 2

    See Mark 2:5; Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:1]; and JS History, ca. Summer 1832, 3.  

  3. 3

    See Deuteronomy 28:5.  

  4. 4

    See Deuteronomy 28:5–6.  

  5. 5

    See Deuteronomy 28:8.  

  6. 6

    JS had previously identified the “Ancient of days” as the biblical figure Adam. (See Daniel 7:13, 22; Revelation, ca. Aug. 1835 [D&C 27:11]; JS, Journal, 19 May 1838; and Discourse, between ca. 26 June and ca. 4 Aug. 1839–A.)  

  7. 7

    On 25 October 1831, JS explained to a general conference in Orange, Ohio, that “the order of the High priesthood is that they have power given them to seal up the Saints unto eternal life.” Previously, Joseph Smith Sr. had sealed several church members to eternal life in patriarchal blessings. (Minutes, 25–26 Oct. 1831; see, for example, Joseph Smith Sr., Blessing for John Corrill, 22 Sept. 1835; and Joseph Smith Sr., Blessing for Elias Higbee, 27 Aug. 1835, Patriarchal Blessings, 1:14, 18.)  

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

  8. 8

    According to the minutes of a September 1837 meeting, JS and his counselors constituted “the three first presidents of the church,” with JS as the “first President.” (Minutes, 3 Sept. 1837; Minutes, 7 Nov. 1837.)