"President Smith then stated that the meeting had been called, because God commanded it; and it was made known to him by vision and by the Holy Spirit it was the will of God that those who went to Zion [Independence, Missouri] with a determination to lay down their lives, if necessary, should be ordained to the ministry, and go forth to *prune the vineyard for the last time, or the coming of the Lord, which was nigh; even fifty-six years [56+1835=1891] should *wind up the scene*. The Three Witnesses laid their hands upon Lyman E. Johnson, and gave a blessing; in the name of Jesus Christ ... and he [Lyman] shall live until the gathering is accomplished.... and shall see the Savior come and stand upon the earth with power and great glory.
Josephs brother, William Smith's blessing stated: "He shall be preserved and remain on the earth, until Christ shall come to take vengeance on the wicked"
Heber C. Kimball's blessing was "That he might receive visions; the ministration of angels, and hear their voice; and even come into the presence of God ... that angels may waft him from place to place, and that he may stand unto the coming of our Lord."
Orson Hyde's Blessing: "that he shall stand on the earth and bring souls till Christ comes. ... he shall have power to smite the earth with pestilence; to divide waters, and lead through the Saints; he shall go from land to land, and from sea to sea; he shall be like one of the three Nephites."
[History of the Church, vol. 2, chapter 12, p.188; The Last Days and December 1890 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ, y George D. Speer Sr., privately circulated]