145 years ago today - Feb 25, 1874

Patriarchal Blessing of Joseph F. Smith by John Smith ... [the Lord's] eye is upon thee he hath given thine angel special charge concerning thee who hath watched over thee from thy birth and preserved thy life many times he hath also delivered thee out of the hands of thine enemies and protected thee against the evils of the world. The Lord hath watched thy progress and is pleased with thine integrity. ... Thou shalt also see the arm of the Lord made bare in behalf of his people and also behold the coming of the Savior.

The Angel who hath watched over thee in the past shall protect thee in the future and shall converse with thee as with a familiar friend, and warn thee of events to come, give thee power over thy enemies for the ungodly shall seek to take thy life. ... thou shalt have power over the adversary, cast out evil spirits and be mighty in healing the sick by the laying on of hands for this [is] thy gift. Many shall seek thee for counsel and wonder at thy wisdom. Thou halt have power to command the elements and the waves of the sea shall obey thy voice. ... Thy name shall be held in honorable remembrance among the Saints and be handed down with thy posterity from generation to generation and written in the Lamb's book of life. ...

Therefore I say unto thee be firm in thy mind for the Angel of thy presence shall not forsake thee but will ward off the shafts of the adversary which may be hurled at thee and warn thee of danger and thou shall comprehend things present and to come, and shall prophecy in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. ... This with all thy former blessings I seal upon thy head by virtue of [the] Holy Priesthood and I seal thee up unto eternal life with power to come forth in the morning of the first resurrection with all thy father's house to inherit a kingdom which shall increase for ever. Even so Amen.

[Patriarchal Blessings]

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