Blessing to Newel K. Whitney, 7 October 1835

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Blessed of the lord is even the of the , for the shall never be taken away from him while he liveth and the time cometh that he shall overcome all the narrow mindedness of his heart and all his covetous desires that so easily besetteth him and <​he​> shall deliver deal with a liberal hand to the poor and the needy the sick and the afflicted the widow and the fatherless and marviously [marvelously] and miraculously shall the Lord his God provid for him. even that he shall be blessed with a <​all the the​> fullness of the good things of this earth and his seed after him from generation to generation and it shall come to pass that according to to the measure that he meeteth out with a liberal hand unto the poor so shall it be measured to him again by the hand of his God even an hundred fold Angels shall guard <​his​> house and shall guard the lives of his posterity, and they shall become very great and very numerous on the earth, whomsoever he blesseth they shall be blessed. whomsoever he curseth they shall be cursed. and when his enemies seek him unto his hurt and distruction let him rise up and curse and the hand of God shall be upon his enemies in Judgment [p. 6] they shall be utterly confounded and brought to dessolation, therefor he shall be preserved unto the utmost and his <​life​> day shall be precious in the sight of the Lord. he shall rise up and shake himself as a lion riseth out of his nest and roareth untill he shaketh the hills and as a lion goeth forth among the Lesser beasts, so shall the goings forth of him <​be​> whom the Lord hath to exalt the poor and to humble the rich, therefor his name shall be on high and his rest among the sanctified. [p. 7]


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    This may have been a reminder of Whitney’s responsibility as a bishop to assist the poor. In September 1832, JS dictated a revelation in which Whitney was exhorted to “travel round about and among all the churches searching after the poor to administer to ther wants by humbling the rich and the proud.” There is evidence that Whitney acted on this admonition. During the second week of January 1836, he and his wife, Elizabeth Ann Smith Whitney, hosted a three-day “Feast for the Poor” at his Kirtland residence. Organized to feed the poor, “the lame, the halt, the deaf, the blind, the aged and infirm,” the gathering was also where some of those present received patriarchal blessings. JS joined in the festivities on at least two separate occasions. (Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:112]; JS, Journal, 7 and 9 Jan. 1836; [Elizabeth Ann Smith Whitney], “A Leaf from an Autobiography,” Woman’s Exponent, 1 Oct. and 1 Nov. 1878, 7:71, 83.)  

    Woman’s Exponent. Salt Lake City. 1872–1914.

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    Insertion in the handwriting of JS.  

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    Insertion in the handwriting of JS.