180 years ago today - 1840: 21 January

[Patriarchal Blessing of Martha Jane Knowlton, given by Joseph Smith Sen.]

... ere long thou shalt be filled with spirit of prophecy, gift of Tongues, and instruct the Lamanites in needle work; for the spirit testifies, these things were predicted at thy confirmation; and if faithful shall abide until Christ shall come. God shall bless thee all the way through life. Thou shalt not marry a Gentile for this is contrary to the order of heaven. ... I seal thee against the powers of darkness, and say, in the name of the Lord Jesus thou shalt not die, but shalt be changed in the twinkling of an eye and shalt be caught up to meet Him in the air. And I seal thee up unto Eternal Life, Even so Amen."

[Howard Coray autobiography, LDS Archives as quoted in Selected LDS Patriarchal Blessings, New Mormon Studies CD ROM, Signature Book, 2009, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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