50 years ago today - Sep 2, 1965

Son of Ezra Taft Benson -- Reed Benson escalated both the Birch conflict and racial tensions in Mormonism with a memorandum to all Birch Society chapters in Utah on 2 September 1965:

It is common knowledge that the Civil Rights Movement is Communist controlled, influenced and dominated. . . . Our founder and guide, Mr. Robert Welch, has instructed us that when necessary we must adopt the communist technique in our ever present battle against Godless Communism. It is urged that in the coming weeks the Utah Chapters begin a whispering campaign and foster rumors that the Civil Rights groups are going to organize demonstrations in Salt Lake City in connection with the forthcoming LDS conference. . . . A few well placed comments will soon mushroom out of control and before the conference begins there will be such a feeling of unrest and distrust that the populace will hardly know who to believe. The news media will play it to the very hilt. No matter what the Civil Rights leaders may try to say to deny it the seed will have been sown and again the Civil Rights movement will suffer a telling blow.

[Source: Reed A. Benson, "Memo to the Utah Chapters," 2 Sept. 1965, on letterhead of the John Birch Society, photocopy in Williams Papers; Quinn G. McKay to J. D. Williams, 20 May 1966, Williams Papers. From D. Michael Quinn, Ezra Taft Benson and Mormon Political Conflicts, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 26:2 (Summer 1992), also in Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power Salt Lake City (Signature Books, 1994), Chapter 3.]

140 years ago today - Sep 2, 1875

The day after his father (George A. Smith, First Counselor to Brigham Young) dies Apostle John Henry Smith writes, "Father still lays in the ice and is keeping very nicely."

[Source: On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

160 years ago today - Sep 2, 1855

P P Pratt[:] I told Sam Brannan's Mother in law, that Sam would never die, until he saw the time, that he wanted money to buy a piece of bread'- B Y[:] I sa[y] Amen to that'-H[eber] C K[imball]. Amen'- ... B Y[:] San Bernardino is the half way house this side of hell'-

[Source: Minutes, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

160 years ago today - Sep 2, 1855 (Sunday)

The Ute and Shoshone Indians met in front of the Deseret News office, G.S.L. City, and entered into a treaty of peace.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

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165 years ago - Sep 2, 1850

[Source: quinn-jsrelations]

170 years ago today - Sep 2, 1845

Patriarchal Blessing of Polly Colten given by William Smith ... for of thy posterity shall spring up mighty men and they shall wield the sword in Zion[']s defence and go forth to avenge the blood of Prophets ...

[Source: Marquardt Papers, U of U]

20 years ago today - Sep 1, 1995

The Ensign magazine publishes the First Presidency message by second counselor James E. Faust which denounces "the false belief of inborn homosexual orientation." Next month's Ensign contains what appears as one apostle's direct challenge to the First Presidency's unequivical statement. In his October article "Same-Gender Attraction," Dallin H. Oaks writes: "There are also theories and some evidence that inheritance is a factor in susceptibilities to various behavior-related disorders like aggression, alcoholism, and obesity. It is easy to hypothesize that inheritance plays a role in sexual orientation."

[Source: , [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

105 years ago today - Sep 1, 1910

[Mormon Tabernacle Choir] Under Evan Stephens, the first recording of the choir was made on 1 September 1910.

[Source: Utah History Encyclopedia: Mormon Tabernacle Choir, http://www.uen.org/utah_history_encyclopedia/]

125 years ago today - Sep 1, 1890

Federal officials indicate that they intend to confiscate the LDS temples. Presidents Woodruff and Cannon soon leave for San Francisco to avoid a subpoena to testify.

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

145 years ago today - Sep 1, 1870

Salt Lake City's 9th Ward reports that only thirty-one of its 181 families attends Sunday services regularly and 50 percent of families are "perfectly indifferent."

[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

175 years ago today - Sep 1, 1840

John C. Bennett arrives in Nauvoo. Within eight months he joins the Church, helps secure a city charter, is cited by revelation to "help [Joseph Smith] in your labor in sending my word to the kings and people of the earth, and stand by . . . Joseph Smith, in the hour of affliction, and its reward shall not fail, if he should receive counsel," is elected mayor of Nauvoo, becomes chancellor of the University of the City of Nauvoo, is appointed Major-General of the Nauvoo Legion, and becomes assistant president in the First Presidency.

[Source: On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

180 years ago today - Sep 1, 1835

Joseph writes a letter to the elders of the Church ...[which] outlines the problems in Missouri. Joseph admits that some members may have caused some of the problems in Missouri because "many, having a zeal not according to knowledge, and not understanding the pure principles of the doctrine of the Church, have no doubt, in the heat of enthusiasm, taught and said many things which were derogatory to the genuine character and principles of the Church; and for these things we are heartily sorry, and would apologize, if apology would do any good."

[Source: Conkling, Christopher J., Joseph Smith Chronology]

185 years ago today - Sep 1, 1830

W. W. Phelps is the Canandaigua, N.Y. seller of the 'Anti Masonic Almanac, for the year 1831.' It includes details of Masonic signs, grips, penalties, the five points of fellowship, etc...

[Source: Grunder, Rick, Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source]

120 years ago today - Aug 31, 1895 (Saturday)

The Utah Supreme Court decided that women were not entitled to vote at the November election.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

135 years ago today - Aug 31, 1880

Pres[iden]t [of St. George Temple] J[ohn] D. T. McAllister [said] ... With regard to new Names, give easy names to be understood: Scripture names or names not in the Scripture, there are many good names of those who have lived upon the earth which are easy to understand[;] don't give any fanciful names, [and] be Sure they get the New Name and that they understand it. ... During the time of the Endowments, there Should be no knitting or Sewing in any of the rooms, no loud talking or noise. ...

[Source: Minutes, Meeting of Workers in St. George Temple, Aug. 31, 1880, typed excerpt, Buerger Papers, quoted in Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship]

140 years ago today - Aug 31, 1875

The United Order of Salt Lake City No. 1 Met in the old Tabernacle at 10 oclok, being the first Presidency, Twelve Apostles, & some fifty others without wives. ...

He [Brigham Young] Said I am the Presidet of the Twelve Apostles & the Lord has Never acknowledged any other man as the Presidet of the Twelve except myself ownly what was said about Thomas B. Marsh and it is the duty of the Twelve to know the mind and will of God Concerning them and their duties as much as for me to know it. Our wives were received into the order and Children.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

80 years ago today - Aug 30, 1935

[Heber J. Grant] ... I do not claim to have received any special revelation for the people, but I do claim that the Lord had directed me and helped me beyond my natural ability to accomplish the work evolving upon me as President of the Church....

So far as changing the language of the ordination to the Priesthood is concerned permit me to say that president Joseph F. Smith said it did not make a particle of difference s to the exact language in conferring the Priesthood, whether the one officiating said 'I ordain you to the Aaronic'or Melchizedek'Priesthood'; and then set the person apart to an office in the Priesthood; or whether he ordained him to an office in the Priesthood and gave him all the authority pertaining to that particular office. You need not worry as to whether you have the Priesthood, but you should see earnestly to the Lord to help you to magnify the Priesthood. ...

The Church is the principal stockholder in the Sugar Company, and under the inspiration of the Lord, in my judgment, to Wilford Woodruff, the Church borrowed money and loaned it to the Sugar Company to establish the first beet factory ever built in the United States with American machinery. Brother Woodruff said, 'When I think of not establishing this industry and pray about it, it is darkness; and when I think of the Church helping and getting the money and building this factory, it is light'; and I have followed the light all my life, and we are going to follow it in building the Lehi factory. ...

The Prophet Joseph Smith gave a key that the majority of the authorities would never go wrong. ... Brigham Young had said that anyone who would fool with a planchette would be led into spiritualism, and of course that meant apostasy. 'The fruits of the Gospel are health and vigor of body and mind; the fruits of spiritualism,' President young said, 'are suicide and insanity.' ...

I understand that Mr. Godbe's [of the Godbeite spiritualist breakoff] wife went insane. ... [Godbe's son] committed suicide.

One of my schoolmates who joined 'The New Movement' as the followers of Godbe were called one of the brightest and most intelligent young men in school, finally committed suicide.

Neither you nor any other man will ever go wrong if you follow the majority of the Presidency and the Apostles. ...

Any claim by any person that he received authority from President John Taylor to do that which is contrary to the decisions and counsel of the constituted Authorities of the Church, is an absolute falsehood. [Fundementalist leader] Lorin Woolley claimed to have this authority. He was a falsifier. He claimed to have followed me to a hotel in Los Angeles, and that while there he heard Anthony W. Ivins perform a ceremony marrying a wife to me. This was a falsehood, as Anthony W. Ivins and I were never in a hotel together in Los Angeles. Woolley was excommunicated from the Church for lieing, and he is now dead and gone. ...

There is no necessity ... for you to go without food and water for two days in order to get spiritual advice; all you need to do is keep the commandment of the Lord, and the Lord will bless you with wisdom and strength. I know any number of people who have fasted until they lost their minds. You will never feel more sure of yourself by shaking hands with me, as to whether or not I am a Prophet of God. The only way you can get that knowledge is by living the Gospel. All you need to do, my dear brother, is to be a trit observer of the Word of Wisdom and a tithe-payer, and to keep the promises that you made in the temple of God, to sustain the Authorities of the Church, and to keep all the commandments the Lord has given or may give.

[Source: Heber J. Grant, Letter to Burton Dye, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

145 years ago today - Aug 30, 1870

Martin Harris, one of the Three Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, arrives in Salt Lake City at the age of eighty-eight, after having been separated from the Church for nearly thirty-three years.

165 years ago today - Aug 30, 1850

This evening Milo Andrus and a company of about 50 waggons of saints arrived here all in good spirits it seems. Capt Andrus waggon bore a large flag with Holiness to the Lord inscribed on it. This is the first Co of Saints that has come in this year although several families have arrived previously.

[Source: Diaries of Hosea Stout]

55 years ago today - Late August, 1960

At Presidential candidate Richard Nixon's urging, U.S. President Eisenhower agreed to absent his divisive Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson from the unfolding political drama by sending him on several trade missions in exchange for which Nixon would not publicly disavow either Benson or his farm policy. At first, Benson apparently did not comprehend that he was being deliberately sidelined, for he returned from Europe and the Middle East in late August 1960 itching for partisan battle. He publicly charged Kennedy with "flip-flopping" on agriculture, proclaimed the Nixon ticket as "the nation's best hope," and even asserted—despite some private misgivings—that Nixon would be a "great and beloved President."

Later that fall, however, when asked to spearhead a second overseas mission, Benson realized that party leaders were intentionally snubbing him. Benson then quietly withdrew from active politicking and instead focused on his department affairs.

[Source: Gary James Bergera, "Weak-Kneed Republicans and Socialist Democrats": Ezra Taft Benson as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, 1953-61, Part 2, Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought, (Winter 2008, vol 41)]

80 years ago today - Aug 29, 1935

[Heber J. Grant] In answer to your letter of the 25th, will say that the advice of the Presidency of the Church from the days of Brigham Young until now has been that our people do not play cards, and I know of no change in the attitude of the Church toward this matter ...

Several of my daughters have been the only ones at social gatherings who did not play cards. One of the reasons why I am emphatically opposed to card playing is that it is a waste of time and creates such an appetite for the game, that people sometimes stay up until after midnight playing cards.

[Source: Heber J. Grant, Letter to Ora Lee Knecht, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

Mid-17th century

Roger Williams argued that true Christianity was lost under Constantine and that revelation was the means of authority (as opposed to a Baptist baptism or a Congressionalist covenant). This would open the 3rd dispensation (1. Primitive purity, 2. Transgression and apostasy, and "There is a Time of purity and Primitive Sincerity, there in a time of Transgression and Apostasy, there is a time of the coming of the Babylonian Apostasy and Wilderness." This would be an age of spirit; in this "restauration of Zion . . . it may please the Lord againe to . . . powre forth those fiery streames againe of Tongues and Prophecie."

[Source: Brooke, John L. The Refiner's Fire: The Making of Mormon Cosmology, 1644-1844. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1994. p.43]

30 years ago today - Aug 28, 1985

The Restoration Church of Jesus Christ, and LDS offshoot, is organized in Los Angeles. Its membership is primarily gays and lesbians. It also condones gay polygamy. Temporary president of the church, Antonio A. Feliz (former LDS bishop) states: "If a group of people feels that a plural relationship is confirmed by the Lord and the presidency has no objection, a sealing will be performed."

[Source: On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com]

65 years ago today - Aug 28, 1950

[Joseph Fielding Smith] This morning with Elders Harold B. Lee, Marion G. Romney and Thomas Romney, I had an argument and some difficulty with Dr. Heber C. Snell. Dr. Sterling McMurrin was with him at my invitation. He has been an instructor at the Institute in Logan for several years, and he previously taught in Pocatello and other places in the Church school system. For many years I have felt that his teachings were antagonistic, or to say the least, out of harmony with the fundamental teachings of the Church. Some time ago he wrote a book the title being 'Ancient Israel, Its Story and Meaning.' In my opinion this book is filled with doctrinal and historical errors. I had an interview with him one other time when he was mild and reasonable to some degree. Today he was almost defiant and in the course of the conversation we learned that he is antagonistic to the teachings of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. He does not accept any revelation from the Prophet Joseph Smith that is in conflict with the opinions of the higher critic scholars. Our meeting was not a pleasant one.

[Source: Joseph Fielding Smith Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

80 years ago today - Aug 28, 1935

[Heber J. Grant] In your letter of August 18 you make inquiry regarding John H. Koyle and the 'Koyle' mine.

Koyle is not a bishop in the Church and has not been for many years. The 'Koyle Dream' mine has been mining for gold for some thirty-odd years, as I remember, but has never found any gold. I have talked with expert mining men regarding the mine, and they tell me there has never been any ore in it worthy of the expenditure of any money in a search for gold. I have understood that they abandoned some of their operations, and that Koyle received new revelations that they should start in a new direction.

I have never seen the mine, have merely had the location of the mine pointed out to me. The Church has frequently warned its members against investing in 'ream' mines.

... The 'Koyle' mine is a very splendid institution to let alone, in my judgment.

[Source: Heber J. Grant, Letter to Mrs. John R. Allen, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

115 years ago today - Aug 28, 1900; Tuesday

Brother L. John Nuttall received a letter from [possible plural wife of the late Wilford Woodruff] Madam [Lydia Von Finklestein] Mountford, in which she expressed a desire to come out here from New York, for a short visit and rest, but that she did not feel herself financially able to pay her expenses. Brother Nuttall having represented that he would look after her during her stay here and board her in his family, it was concluded to appropriate her railroad fare and expenses.

Sister Susa Y. Gates had been invited to attend the National Household Economic Association Conference to be held at Toronto, and read a paper, but she could not afford to do so, but intimated a desire to respond to the invitation provided the Church could pay her railroad fares. It was decided to pay her fare.

[Source: First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

125 years ago today - Aug 28, 1890

[Dedication Iosopa, west of Salt Lake for Hawaiian settlement - reported by Wilford Woodruff] 28 We held a Meeting with Saints. We had a procession of the people. I headed the procession followed by G Q Cannon J F Smith followed by all the people. The Native women from the Islands were all Dressed in beautiful white. One waggon Driven By Frank Knowlton loaded with Sage Brush & Indians representing Utah as it was. Another waggon Driven with wheat Corn oats & Barley & fruits representing Utah as it is. We marched around the flag pole in the City plot then down to the bowery whare we had a feast. The Meats were Cooked as the Kan[ackers?] Cook it on the Islands in a hole in the ground.

After our Dinner we Assembled together and had an oration Delive[re]d by one of the Natives. He was a powerfull Orator. W Woodruff then addressed them which was interpeted by J F Smith who also addressed them near one hour. When He Closed W Woodruff Dedicated the Land & place with all its Contents in the English Language. Then Joseph F Smith Dedicated it in the Hawaiion Language after which Wm. King Dismissed the Assembly. It was a Day long to be remembered by these Natives. In fact it was a vary interesting day to me.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

135 years ago today - Aug 28, 1880

George Reynolds, incarcerated for plural marriage, decides to prepare a concordance to the Book of Mormon while in prison. Over the course of the project, Reynolds prepares and transcribes as many as 350 passages per day from the Book of Mormon and completes 25,000 entries by the time he is released in January 1881. The concordance is completed in 1899.

170 years ago today - 28 August 1845, Thursday

P.M. met at Dr Richards with Prest. B. Young, H.C. Kimball, P.P. Pratt, W. Richards, J. Taylor, G.A. Smith, A. Lyman, N.K. Whitney, G. Miller, O. Spencer and J. Young. It was voted to select three thousand men who are able to bear arms to prepare this winter to start to California next spring with their families. Prayers were offered up for the usual subjects.

[Source: Fillerup, Robert C., compiler; William Clayton Nauvoo Diaries and Personal Writings, A chronological compilation of the personal writings of William Clayton while he was a resident of Nauvoo, Illinois. http://www.boap.org/LDS/Early-Saints/clayton-diaries]

170 years ago today - Aug 28 [1845]

[Brigham Young] I went on to the hill got brother Parley came down to Geo. A. Smiths, from there to the Nauvoo House then to Bro. Nickersons, and then to Edward Meachaim's found him possessed of the devil, laid hands on him.

[Source: Brigham Young Journal # 4 in the handwriting of: William Clayton, Evan Greene, John D. Lee, Willard Richards. First person account kept by others. 'Lieut. Genl Brigham Young's Journal 1844']

180 years ago today - late Aug 1835

Joseph Smith asked Levi Hancock to take Fanny Alger [probable first plural wife of Joseph Smith] to Missouri. She and her family left the following month, and after a lengthy stop-over in Indiana (for unclear reasons, perhaps her pregnancy), reached Missouri a year later. [Joseph Smith also preached this day about the duty of wives]

[Source: Broadhurst, Dale R., Mormon Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/morchrn2.htm]

185 years ago today - 1830 late Aug.

Oliver wrote from Fayette to Joseph Smith, Jr. in Harmony and told Joseph that he must recant a portion of a "revelation." Apparently Oliver felt that Joseph was inserting his own words into divine communications and thus creating "priestcraft" within the Church of Christ.

[Source: Broadhurst, Dale R., Oliver Cowdery Chronology, http://olivercowdery.com/history/Cdychrn1.htm]

30 years ago today - Aug 27, 1985.

Elder Russell M. Nelson, speaking at Brigham Young University, comments, "Some truths are best left unsaid. . . . Extortion by threat of disclosing truth is labelled `blackmail.' Is sordid disclosure for personal attention or financial gain not closely related?"

[Source: Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1]

115 years ago today - Monday-Wednesday, 27-Aug 29, 1900

[Rudger Clawson] I spent these three days in Salt Lake, mostly at the President's office, working on various matters. I got up a comparative statement for Pres. Snow, showing the cash tithing paid during the first 6 months in 1899 and in 1900. The sum totals were as follows:

Cash tithing paid during 1st 6 months in 1899

$176,484.07

Cash tithing paid during 1st 6 months in 1900

$259,287.38

From this showing Pres. Snow assumed that the tithing for 1900 would be fully as much as paid in 1899, which I feel is a just conclusion.

[Source: Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

120 years ago today - Aug 27, 1895 (Tuesday)

By order of the war department, and in accordance with the enactment of Congress that a star should be added to the national flag for each State admitted into the Union, a new star was added for Utah. This increased the number of the stars in the national emblem to 45.

[Source: Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology]

170 years ago today - 1845 27 Aug.

Nauvoo Neighbor reports: "On Saturday last a large number of persons partook of a feast of melons, round a table 87 feet long, in the attic story of the Temple."

[Source: Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

180 years ago today - Aug 27, 1835

Patriarchal Blessing of William W. Phelps given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... Says Father Smith, What shall I say unto you? My answer, what the Lord put into your heart to say.

Well the Lord has put it into my heart to say, that you are a strange man.

Reply,

That I Know.

[He then laid his hands upon my head ...]

... Thou art a pure descendant of Joseph, of the blood of Ephraim. Thou art a

speckled Bird,

and the Lord hath held thee up to be gazed at: Thou art a strange man. ...

Thou shalt see the city of Enoch. and shalt gaze upon it in all its glory: yea, thou shalt be exalted to the heavens; and thou shalt be able to comprehend all hidden mysteries which have been hid up from the foundation of the world; yea, thou shalt understand things that have not yet been revealed unto man. I seal upon thee a father's blessing; upon thee, and upon thy children and upon thy children's children: And thy wife, who is a pure descendant of Joseph, according to thy blood and lineage, shall be blessed with thee.-- ... thou shalt live through all the scenes of the last days, till the end, and then thou shalt be caught from the earth, up into the clouds, and meet thy Lord, as he comes in his glory, with all his holy angels with him; even so; for I seal these blessings upon you in the name of Jesus Christ: Amen. Oliver

[Source: Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

180 years ago today - Aug 27, 1835

Patriarchal Blessing of Newel Knight given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... Thou shalt proclaim the gospel with great power: thou shalt have power over Satan; shall have power to do miracles; shall outride the storm of adversity, and proclaim the gospel to the coming of the Son of Man. Thou shalt be delivered from pestilence; shall command all things upon the face of the earth, if needful to accomplish thy mission * the winds, the waves, and the tempests, according to thy faith. I[n] due time thou shalt receive the desire of thy heart, for thou shalt yet raise up children, that thy name may not be blotted out from among men. ...

[Source: Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

180 years ago today - Aug 27, 1835

Patriarchal Blessing of Morris Phelps given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... and if thou desirest it thou shalt be like unto Elijah, and be wafted away to the bosom of thy God, and rest in the celestial glory; even so. Amen.

[Source: Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

180 years ago today - Aug 27, 1835

Patriarchal Blessing of James Emmet given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... Thou shalt be mighty in the earth; for if thou art faithful thou shalt be like unto Enoch: the earth shall tremble at thy word in the name of the Lord, and the power of darkness shall flee from before thee. Thy faith shall wax stronger and stronger, until thou shalt obtain the ministering of holy angels, and thou shalt become a savior to some. ...

[Source: Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

180 years ago today - Aug 27, 1835

Patriarchal Blessing of Elias Higbee given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... Thou shalt have life as long as thou shalt desire it; and if thou shalt desire, thou mayest tarry till the coming of the Savior

[Source: Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

180 years ago today - Aug 27, 1835

Patriarchal Blessing of Caleb Baldwin given by Joseph Smith, Sr. ... thou shalt be delivered from the hands of thy enemies by the power of God; for when thou art surrounded by them, if expedient, and there be no other way for thy escape, thou shalt call upon the Lord and he will answer the[e] by sending down fire.

[Source: Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

180 years ago today - 1835: 27 August

Patriarchal Blessing of Elisha H. Groves (Given by Joseph Smith, Sen.) ... Thy sins are at this time forgiven thee, and I confirm upon thy head the holy ministry unto which thou hast been ordained. Thy life shall be precious in the sight of the Lord, for thou shalt live to a good old age, and if thou wilt keep all the commandments of the Lord, and desire it with all thy heart, thou mayest be translated, that thou shalt never be brought down to the grave, but remember, that thou must become holy, like unto Enoch to obtain this great blessing--or thou mayest tarry. ... thou shalt see the winding up scene of this wicked generation.

[Source: Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]

180 years ago today - Aug 27, 1835

"Note to the reader [from Oliver Cowdery], There were several other blessings pronounced on the 27th of August, 1835, but for the special accommodation of some who are about to journey to Zion, their blessings will now be recorded. It may be remembered that all blessings given through any one beside president Joseph Smith, sen. that that fact will be noticed, and unless a notice of that kind is given it may be understood that it was the voice of the Spirit through him. The Lord is good, and praised be his name. Amen."

[Source: Early Patriarchal Blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Joseph Smith Sr. (Author), H. Michael Marquardt (Editor), http://amzn.to/rCBHVe]